Brad Keselowski Nationwide Series Atlanta Preview
August 31, 2010
No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger
Great Clips 300
Atlanta Motor Speedway
September 4, 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-031 during Saturday’s Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). Keselowski last drove this chassis to a 21st-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in July after running out of fuel late in the event.
• The No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger in 2010... After 25 races, Keselowski and the No. 22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge team currently lead the Nationwide Series driver point standings by 365 points over second-place contender Carl Edwards. Keselowski has led the standings since his win at Talladega Superspeedway in April.
• Adding to the Record... By taking the checkered flag in last Friday’s race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Keselowski extended his NASCAR record with his 92nd consecutive Nationwide Series race without a DNF (Did Not Finish).
• Series Leader… Keselowski leads the Nationwide Series in top-five finishes (18), top-10 finishes (21) and laps completed in 2010. He has completed all but one of the 4,489 laps contested this season and has led the field for 918 of those circuits.
• Road Course Ringer… With his third fourth-place road course finish of 2010 last weekend in Montreal, Keselowski became the only driver to score top-five finishes at all three road course events this season. He picked up the most points of any driver during those three races.
• Keselowski Career Speedway Stats… Keselowski made his first career Nationwide Series speedway start at Auto Club Speedway in 2007. In 73 speedway starts, Keselowski has scored three wins, 29 top-five finishes, 43 top-10 finishes and four pole awards. His last speedway victory came on his home track of Michigan International Speedway earlier this month.
Brad Keselowski on why he likes racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway
“Atlanta is a place I knew I would like after my first lap on the track. The sensation of speed you get through the corner in a Nationwide Series car is pretty unbelievable. That’s one thing that amazes people every time I tell them that a Nationwide Series car – through the corners – is faster than a Cup Series car. Whether you are running the top, the bottom or the middle, Atlanta is all about speed.”
Brad Keselowski on his current lead in the series driver point standings
“We think about our points lead, for sure. I think anyone that says they don’t know where they are in points, or what kind of lead they may have, is not being truthful. It’s nice to have the lead we have in the driver standings, but that doesn’t change the way we approach our weekends. A couple of bad races and Carl (Edwards) will be right there on our heels. But, yeah, it’s a great barometer for the season that we’ve had this year. It’s still amazes me that we are a first year team because Paul (Wolfe) has them operating like a bunch of veterans. We just need to concentrate on finishing strong and catching the No. 18 car in the owner point standings.”
Crew chief Paul Wolfe on Atlanta Motor Speedway
“We’re very confident in the car we are taking to Atlanta this weekend. Brad finished second at Charlotte in it and we were running second at Chicago when we ran out of fuel. It’s really run well everywhere we’ve raced it. When you look at Atlanta you see similarities to Texas and Charlotte. We want to build on the success we had at both of those tracks this year. Goodyear is bringing a new tire this weekend, so that will be a new challenge that we’ll have to deal with. Managing tire wear is always the name of the game at Atlanta. Brad has shown he can do it as well as anyone.”