No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger Preview-Richmond
September 7, 2011
No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger
Virginia 529 College Savings 250
Richmond International Raceway
September 9, 2011
TV: ESPN2 at 7:30 PM ET Radio: MRN/Sirius 90 at 7:15 PM ET
No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger News and Notes
• This Week’s Challenger… Brad Keselowski and the Penske Racing Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger team will use chassis PRS-213 during Friday’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). Keselowski drove this chassis to victory at Lucas Oil Raceway in July.
• The No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger in 2011... After 25 events, Keselowski and the reigning NNS champion No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger team are ranked seventh in the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) owner point standings. The team is coming off a seventh-place finish in the Great Clips 300 last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
• Top-Five Streak… Keselowski will be going for his sixth consecutive NNS top-five finish this weekend at RIR. In the last five events at Richmond, the Penske Racing driver has recorded one win, one second-place finish, two fourth-place results and one fifth-place effort at the .75-mile track.
• Keselowski Short Track Stats… In 31 short track starts in the Nationwide Series, Keselowski has accumulated five wins, 15 top-five finishes, 20 top-10 results and two pole awards. In addition, he has led the field for 688 laps at tracks less than one mile in length.
• Follow Brad on Twitter… Fans can follow Keselowski on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/keselowski. Followers can get a glimpse inside his everyday life while keeping up-to-date on the latest Cup Series and Nationwide Series news for the Penske Racing driver.
• Meet Brad…Keselowski will be making an appearance at the Ruby Tuesday located at 7425 Bell Creek Road in Mechanicsville, Va. on Thursday, September 8 beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Brad Keselowski on racing at Richmond International Raceway
“I feel as though I have a good understanding of what I need to run well at Richmond and that makes it easy to communicate that to my crew chief and team. As a result, we’ve been able to put together some good finishes at Richmond. To me, it’s the ultimate short track. There is a reason that most drivers put it right at the top of their list of favorite tracks. It’s night racing, under the lights, which is similar to what most of us grew up doing. You can run side-by-side and rub fenders and do all of the things that the fans want to see. It’s just an exciting racetrack and I feel like we can put the Ruby Tuesday Dodge in Victory Lane this weekend.”
Crew chief Todd Gordon on racing at Richmond
“Richmond is a track that suits Brad’s aggressive driving style. If your car is working like you want, you can really charge the corners because they are so wide and sweeping. Just like any short track, we’ll make sure we keep forward bite in the car all night. Brad has been impressive at Richmond over the last couple of years, both in the Nationwide Series and in the Cup Series. We struggled a bit there in the spring race, but we’ve made significant improvements in our car since then. I’m confident we can contend for the win this weekend.”