No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger Preview-Aaron's 499

April 13, 2011

Brad Keselowski
No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger
Aaron’s 499
Talladega Superspeedway
April 17, 2011

No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger News and Notes
• This Week’s Charger…
The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-634 during Sunday’s Aaron 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. This is a brand-new chassis to the No. 2 fleet.
• No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge in 2011... After seven events, Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team sit 22nd in the Cup Series driver and owner point standings. The team is coming off an 18th-place finish in the Samsung Mobile 500 last Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.
• Keselowski NASCAR History at Talladega Superspeedway… In addition to his four career Cup Series starts at Talladega, Keselowski has made three career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts at the massive, 2.56-mile oval. In his last race at the venue, Keselowski picked up his first win as a member of Penske Racing, along with his first restrictor-plate victory in NNS competition.
• Inductee Bobby Allison… The featured tag line on the rear bumper of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge this weekend in Talladega is a tribute to Bobby Allison’s 2011 induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Bobby and MillerCoors have enjoyed a long-standing relationship.
• First Win… In the 2011 edition of this event, Keselowski scored the biggest win of his career when he took the checkered flag in an exciting finish to the Aaron’s 499 Cup Series race. That win led to Keselowski joining Penske Racing prior to the end of that season.
• Follow Brad on Twitter… Fans can now follow Keselowski on Twitter at Followers can get a glimpse inside his everyday life while keeping up-to-date on the latest news for the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team.
• The Rest is History... In 2007, Penske Racing drivers Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman finished inside the top-10 in both races at Talladega Superspeedway, marking the first time in its history that the team achieved the feat at this track. In 83 starts at Talladega, the organization has one pole award and 10 top-five finishes. 

Brad Keselowski on his win at Talladega in 2009
“A lot has happened to me since my Cup win at Talladega in 2009 – so much so that it seems like it has been much longer than two years. I’ve been able to win the Nationwide Series championship and have moved over to drive the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge. Would any of that have happened without the Talladega win? Probably not. It is, obviously, the biggest win in my career and it validated all my beliefs that I could win at this level, but I’m not one to rest on my laurels. I want to win now and I feel like (crew chief) Paul Wolfe and I are starting to hit on a few things that could put us in position to do just that.”

Brad Keselowski on his approach to racing at Talladega Superspeedway
“You really have to pay attention to how the race unfolds at Talladega. There are times when you need to be patient. There are times when you need to keep your head about you and race smart. But you are going to have to be aggressive at the end. Those are three elements of restrictor-plate racing that I work on throughout the race. I learned that from Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. He gets a lot of the credit for the kind of racer that I am on the plate tracks.”

Crew chief Paul Wolfe on racing at Talladega Superspeedway
“All of the work for Talladega is done before the cars are loaded into the transporter. It’s very hard to improve once you are at the track because handling is not a huge deal. It’s all aerodynamics and motor. Attention to detail on the body and the motor is very important. Penske Racing, as a group, was very competitive during Speedweeks at Daytona, but the two tracks are ‘night and day’ different. I think we’ve learned a few things since then that will make us even more-competitive this weekend. Brad really likes Talladega and when you go to a track where your driver has won before it gives you confidence that you can do it again.”