Brad Keselowski NNS Nashville Race Preview

June 1, 2010

Brad Keselowski
No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger
Federated Auto Parts 300
Nashville Superspeedway
June 5, 2010

No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger News and Notes 
• This Week’s Charger…
The No. 22 Penske Racing Discount Tire Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS- 028 during Saturday’s 300-mile race at Nashville Superspeedway. Keselowski drove this chassis to a seventh-place finish at Darlington Raceway in May.
• The No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger in 2010... After 12 races, Keselowski and the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team currently lead the Nationwide Series driver point standings by one point over Kyle Busch. Keselowski has led the standings since his win at Talladega Superspeedway in April.
• A New Series Record... Upon finishing the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Saturday, Keselowski extended his NASCAR Nationwide Series record of 79 consecutive races without a DNF (Did Not Finish).
• Making Laps… Keselowski has completed all 2,324 laps contested this season. He has led the field for 425 of those circuits.
• Guitar Hero…In 2008, Keselowski picked up his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Nashville Superspeedway and the Sam Bass signature Gibson guitar that goes to the winner. He has his eye on grabbing a second this weekend, which would make him the fourth multiple winner at the track.
• Non-Companions Begin… This weekend’s race at Nashville begins a three-week stretch of “stand-alone” events for the Nationwide Series. Keselowski will become familiar with the inside of his new airplane as he crosses the country between these races and the NASCAR Cup Series events. Keselowski will fly over 6,300 miles in an attempt to keep his Nationwide Series points lead and give Roger Penske his first NASCAR championship.
• The Rest is History... Penske Racing has five Nationwide Series starts at the Nashville Superspeedway. Penske Racing drivers have completed 1,113 of the 1,125 laps (98.9%) contested in those races with 21 laps led. The organization also made three NASCAR Cup Series starts at the old Nashville Speedway on the site of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Bobby Allison won one of his 58 career pole awards there behind the wheel of the No. 2 Penske Racing entry in 1976.

Brad Keselowski on returning to Nashville Superspeedway
“I’m really looking forward to going back to Nashville after we had such a strong car there in April. We just didn’t seem to catch any breaks on pit road and that kept us from challenging for the win. We’re taking that same car back this weekend so we should be fast again. Nashville has always been one of my favorite racetracks. You can really be aggressive because there is so much room to race. Obviously it’s a special place for me because I won my first Nationwide Series race there in 2008. Hopefully I can pick up my second Gibson guitar this weekend.”  
Crew chief Paul Wolfe on preparing a car for Nashville Superspeedway
“Nashville is pretty unique in that it is almost a 1.5-mile track, but it’s concrete. Most of our concrete tracks aren’t speedways so that provides a few challenges. Everybody will fight for the bottom of the track at the start of the race, but the groove will widen as the cars run. Most importantly, you need to have a car that is balanced for long and short green-flag runs. There is usually a caution with a few laps remaining that will setup a shootout to the finish, so you have to be prepared for that. Brad has been very good at Nashville in his career and we need to give him a car that he can use to pick up his second guitar.”