Ft. Worth, Tex. (November 6, 2009) – Brad Keselowski will make his debut behind the wheel of the No.12 Penske Dodge Charger on Sunday afternoon starting from the 35th spot.
Keselowski and the No.12 Penske Dodge Charger team had an hour and a half practice session on Friday afternoon to get their car dialed in. The team was confident they had a strong car and it showed on the speed chart. Keselowski radioed to crew chief Roy McCauley explaining the car was just a tick loose at both ends of the speedway. The No. 12 Penske Dodge crew went to work making a couple of small adjustments to the front end geometry to help the car rotate through the banked turns. By the end of practice, Brad Keselowski felt like he had a car capable of running up front on Sunday afternoon finishing up ninth on the timing and scoring monitor.
In the afternoon qualifying session, Keselowski was the eighth car to roll off to make a qualifying attempt at the Great American Speedway. He wheeled the No.12 Penske Dodge around the Texas Motor Speedway running a time of 28.754 seconds which put him on the inside of the 18th row for the start of Sunday’s 500-mile showdown.
“The car felt really good,” commented Brad Keselowski after his qualifying effort. “I feel like I drove a really good lap and was really surprised that we did not run faster than we did. Today has gone really smooth. We had a really productive day. I am looking for more of the same tomorrow to get our Penske Dodge dialed in for Sunday’s 334-lap race.”
The Dickies 500 will be seen live on Sunday, October 8th on the ABC television network. Race coverage is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET. The event can also be heard live on PRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 128.
Driver: Brad Keselowski
Speed: 187.800 MPH
Time: 28.754 Seconds
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