Miller Lite Dodge Kentucky Preview

July 6, 2011

Brad Keselowski
No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger
Quaker State 400
Kentucky Speedway
July 9, 2011

No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger News and Notes
• This Week's Charger... The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-747 during Saturday night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Keselowski drove this chassis to a victory at Kansas Speedway last month.

• No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge in 2011... After 17 points-paying events, Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team are ranked 22nd in the NASCAR Cup Series (NSCS) driver and owner point standings. The team is coming off a 15th-place finish in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway last weekend. Keselowski sits just 11 points outside of the top 20 and a possible spot in the Chase for the Championship,

• Keselowski at Kentucky Speedway... Keselowski has competed in three career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) events at the Kentucky oval, and he finished inside the top five on all three occasions. In those races, he completed all 600 laps contested. Keselowski has also made two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Kentucky, and his best result of 18th came in 2005 while driving his family-owned K-Automotive entry.

• Have a Beer with Brad... Keselowski will appear at Dickmann's Cafe located at 479 Orphanage Road in Ft. Wright, Ky. on Wednesday, July 6 at 7:00 pm ET.

• Now This Is Horsepower... The featured tag line on the rear bumper of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge this weekend in Kentucky will be "Now This Is Horsepower." This is in honor of the Kentucky Derby which is run every year at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

• The Rest is History... Team Penske has made 20 combined IndyCar Series starts at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway oval, as Helio Castroneves won the most recent event there in September of 2010. In addition, Ryan Newman started from the pole and won the 2000 ARCA Series event at the venue for Penske Racing.

Brad Keselowski on the inaugural Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway
"It's exciting to be a part of a new event. It doesn't happen that often. There seems to be a lot of excitement in that area, evidenced by the fact that the grandstands are sold out. It represents a large, untapped market for the Cup Series, but it's one of our better events for the Nationwide Series. The fans are great and they really enjoy racing. Everyone will want to be the first Cup Series winner at Kentucky and I feel like our Miller Lite Dodge will be fast enough to challenge for the win. We had a great tire test there last month and I feel like we learned a lot that will help us this weekend."

Brad Keselowski on getting around Kentucky Speedway
"If you can get your car where it's comfortable over the bumps in Turns 1 and 2, that's obviously going to be the fast way around Kentucky. Sometimes that is easier said than done so some drivers will choose to enter a bit higher to avoid the bumps. Usually that will establish a second groove around the middle of the race, which can lead to some great side-by-side racing over the final laps. It's definitely a place with a lot of character, despite the fact that it looks like a lot of the other intermediate tracks that we visit."

Crew chief Paul Wolfe on this weekend's race at Kentucky
"We were fortunate to be part of the Goodyear tire test last month at Kentucky, so we feel like we are very prepared for this weekend's inaugural race. The Miller Lite Dodge was turning some unbelievably fast laps during that test, but the key will be to replicate that speed this weekend. Ride quality is probably the most important thing to worry about at Kentucky. The bumps in Turns 1 and 2 can really upset the car. I feel like that was one of our better areas during the test. We're taking our Kansas car this weekend, so hopefully we can rekindle some of that magic from our win. The car and the driver both know their way to Victory Lane and it would be very cool to be the first Cup Series winner at Kentucky."