Unfortunate End to Keselowski's Night at Bristol
August 26, 2013
Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway (.533-mile oval, Bristol, TN)
Saturday, August 24, 2013
The No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion
Driven By Brad Keselowski
Start Position: 12
Finish Position: 30
Current Driver's Points Position: 11
THE RACE REVIEW
· Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion team began Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) from the 12th position.
· After making his way up to the top 10 early in the event, the Miller Lite machine began to develop a tight-handling condition in the center of the BMS corners.
· After pitting under a lap 42 caution period, Keselowski made contact with the No. 83 car of David Reutimann upon exiting his pit stall. Fortunately the damage was minor and the 2012 NSCS champion was able to continue without making repairs.
· Crew chief Paul Wolfe continued to make several significant adjustments in order to give his driver a comfort level that he needed, but the team could not find a long-run balance as Keselowski continued to fight the tight-handling condition.
· As Keselowski put himself in position for a solid finish late in the race, he was involved in a multi-car incident on lap 440 that resulted in heavy damage to the Miller Lite Ford.
· The Miller Lite crew did a great job of getting Keselowski back on track to keep him from losing additional positions and points as he finished the race in the 30th position.
· With the result on Saturday night, Keselowski is now in the 11th position in the NSCS driver point standings. He is positioned four points behind his Penske Racing teammate, Joey Logano.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
YOU WERE ABLE TO AVOID SEVERAL EARLY INCIDENTS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY NOT THE LAST ONE. TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY.
“We were just a little bit off all night. I’m proud of everyone on the Miller Lite Ford team because we threw a lot at the car tonight. We rarely came down pit road for just a routine, four-tire pit stop and the pit crew stayed on top of their game all night. I’m very proud of the effort but I’d be lying if I said we were in a good position heading into the final two races before the Chase. We’ve got two races left. I think they’ll be good race tracks for us. Obviously today was not a great day for us. We’ve tested at the next two tracks and we’re going be very competitive. I feel like this is going come down to the last lap at Richmond and I’m ready for that battle.”
DOES HAVING TESTED AT ATLANTA AND RICHMOND GIVE YOU CONFIDENCE HEADING INTO THE FINAL TWO RACES BEFORE THE CHASE?
“Yeah, it gives me more confidence. We didn’t have the speed we needed here at Bristol, but we obviously weren’t a 30th-place team either. It was just the way things fell. All we can do as a team is to continue to do the things that have made us successful. I really believe that if we can do that – instead of putting undue pressure on ourselves – we will be fine.”