No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Darlington Race Preview

May 4, 2010

Brad Keselowski
No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Charger
Royal Purple 200 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts
Darlington Raceway
May 7, 2010

No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Charger News and Notes
• This Week’s Charger…
The No. 22 Penske Racing Ruby Tuesday Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS- 028 during Friday night’s race at Darlington Raceway. Keselowski drove this chassis to a fifth-place finish at Nashville in April. 
• The No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Charger in 2010... After nine races, Keselowski and the No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge team currently lead the Nationwide Series driver point standings by 59 points over second-place driver Kevin Harvick.
• A New Series Record... Upon taking the checkered flag at Richmond on Saturday, Keselowski extended his NASCAR Nationwide Series record of 76 consecutive races without a DNF (Did Not Finish).
• Top-Five Streak Continues...  Keselowski earned his eighth consecutive top-five finish of the season with his win at Richmond. That is the longest current top-five streak in the Nationwide Series. Keselowski has also finished inside the top 10 in 36 of the last 40 Nationwide races. 
• Leading the Way… Keselowski has led at least one lap in eight of the nine Nationwide Series races this season for a total of 357 laps led. He has completed all 1,769 laps this season.
• Penske Racing at Darlington … In six previous Nationwide Series starts at Darlington Raceway, Penske Racing entries have recorded two top-five and two top-10 finishes along with two pole awards. Penske Dodges have been atop the leaderboard for 37 circuits in their time at Darlington, have an average starting position of eighth, an average finish of 14th and have completed 99.9 percent of the laps contested (889 of 890).
• Like Father, Like Son… By winning at Richmond, Keselowski joined his father as a winner in one of NASCAR’s top-three touring series at the .75-mile oval. Bob Keselowski took the checkered flag in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in September of 1997 at the track.
• Visit Ruby Tuesday… Fans looking for good food and plenty of racing action should visit their nearest Ruby Tuesday location. Every race is shown on their many high-definition televisions.

Brad Keselowski on his two-race winning streak
“These last two weeks have been pretty amazing. I knew when I made the move to Penske Racing last year that the potential was there for us to contend for wins and championships in the Nationwide Series, but I figured it would take a few more races for everyone to gel. What Paul Wolfe and all of the guys on the No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge team have been able to accomplish is spectacular. Our cars have been strong all year and now the wins that eluded us in the beginning are starting to come. Darlington is one of my favorite tracks and I would like nothing more than to make it three in a row this weekend.”

Crew chief Paul Wolfe on working with Brad Keselowski
“Brad is a driver that every crew chief would love to work with because you never have to worry about him giving anything other than a maximum effort. He is a driven and determined driver and that type of attitude just runs through the rest of the team. We’re riding a pretty good streak right now, but we can’t let the rest of the field catch us. We need to keep our foot on the gas. A good run this weekend would go a long way in doing that as Darlington is a track that can ruin your day quickly. Coming out of there with another win would keep this momentum rolling.”