Brad Keselowski Gateway Preview
October 19, 2010
No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger
5-Hour Energy 250
Gateway International Raceway
October 23, 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-035 during Saturday’ night’s 5-Hour Energy 250 at Gateway International Raceway (GIR). Keselowski last drove this chassis to a fourth-place finish at Iowa Speedway in July.
• The No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger in 2010... After 31 races, Keselowski and the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team currently lead the Nationwide Series driver point standings by 450 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 the last Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Keselowski extended his NASCAR record with his 98th consecutive Nationwide Series race without a DNF (Did Not Finish).
• Series Leader… Keselowski leads the Nationwide Series in top-five finishes (22), top-10 finishes (25) and laps completed in 2010. He has completed all but one of the 5,784 laps contested this season. Keselowski has led the field for 1,063 of those circuits, marking the first time he has led more than 1,000 laps in a season in his career.
• Keselowski Speedway Stats… In 78 speedway starts in the Nationwide Series, Keselowski has accumulated four wins, 32 top-five finishes, 46 top-10 finishes and four pole awards. In addition, he has led the field for 897 laps at tracks between one and two miles in length.
• Subbing for Keselowski… Parker Kligerman, who has one pole and two top-10 finishes in 12 career Nationwide Series starts, will practice and qualify the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger this weekend. Keselowski will be at Martinsville Speedway as the two track schedules do not allow him to make all the sessions for both series.
• Closing in on a Championship… Keselowski can mathematically clinch his first NASCAR Nationwide Series championship – and the first for Penske Racing – this weekend at GIR. He would need to win the event and have Edwards finish 37th or lower to capture the crown.
Brad Keselowski on the final Nationwide race at Gateway International Raceway
“Gateway in a unique facility and it’s a shame that we will lose that uniqueness from the schedule next year. It took me a few years to get used to that place, but it turned into one of my favorite stops of the year. So now we are going to turn our attention into being the last Nationwide Series winner at Gateway. I was fortunate enough to be the last winner at Memphis (Motorsport Park). That is still one of my favorite wins. We obviously had a great car at Gateway in the spring, a car that should have won the race. Even though we don’t have that car anymore, I believe our stable of cars have gotten better since then anyway. We’ll have to come from the back, since I won’t make qualifying, but I’m confident in this No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team that we can make that work.”
Crew chief Paul Wolfe on returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway
“Gateway is a challenge because the two ends of the track are so different from each other. It’s a compromising racetrack, similar to Phoenix, but it also has characteristics of both Loudon and Richmond. Just about every aspect of racing comes into play at Gateway. Aerodynamics, mechanical grip, braking and motor are all very important to running well at that track. We’ve had good results with the car we are taking this weekend and we’re always confident in Brad’s abilities behind the wheel. Hopefully we’ll get a solid finish to continue our march toward the championship.”