No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger Texas Race Preview

April 13, 2010

Brad Keselowski
No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger
Texas Motor Speedway – O’Reilly 300
April 17, 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- 030 during Saturday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. Keselowski drove this chassis to a fourth-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in February.
• The No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger in 2010... After six races, Keselowski and the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team currently lead the Nationwide Series driver point standings. Keselowski owns a four-point lead over Carl Edwards.
• View from the Top… In his third full season of competition, Keselowski has assumed the lead in the Nationwide Series driver point standings for the first time in his career.
• Top-Five Streak Continues...  Keselowski earned his fifth consecutive top-five finish of the season with a third-place result at Phoenix International Raceway last week. That is the longest current top-five streak in the Nationwide Series. 
• Leading the Way… Keselowski is one of only two drivers to lead a lap in each of the six Nationwide Series races this season.
• The Rest is History... In April of 2006, Kurt Busch picked up the eighth Nationwide Series win for Penske Racing when he took the checkered flag in the O’Reilly 300. In nine starts the organization has one win and one pole (Ryan Newman, 11/2005), along with one top-five and three top-10 finishes.
• Meet Brad Keselowski… Keselowski will be signing autographs at the Discount Tire store located at 2405 Grapevine Mills Circle in Grapevine, Texas at 1 p.m. CDT on Thursday, April 15.

Brad Keselowski on a lap around Texas Motor Speedway in a Nationwide Series car
“Texas is an extremely fast track in any kind of car, but no car gives you the sensation of speed that the Nationwide Series car does. It actually feels faster than a Cup car. You enter Turn 1 at around 190-195 mph, depending on whether you are in race trim or qualifying trim. If you car is handling the way it needs to, you’ll go through that corner without lifting, or barely lifting, out of the throttle. You’re on the edge the entire lap and if you don’t hit your marks you can easily end up in the wall. It’s cool to have the points lead for the first time in my career, but you can lose a lot of points at Texas if you don’t bring you car home in one piece.”
Crew chief Paul Wolfe on preparing a car for Texas Motor Speedway
“Texas is a very ‘line sensitive’ racetrack so you have to give your driver a car that is well-balanced. It’s also heavily aero-dependant because the speeds are so great. Inevitably, someone will hit the setup just right and pull away from the rest of the field. Hopefully that will be Brad and the Discount Tire Dodge Charger this Saturday. We’re happy with the way we’ve started the season – the points lead is nice – but there is a long way to go. We need to keep clicking off top-five finishes and the wins will come.”