Brad Keselowski Nationwide Series Kentucky Preview

June 8, 2010

No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger
Meijer 300
Kentucky Speedway
June 12, 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 300-mile race at Kentucky Speedway. Keselowski drove this chassis to a second-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.
• The No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger in 2010... After 13 races, Keselowski and the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team currently lead the Nationwide Series driver point standings by 196 points over Kyle Busch. Keselowski has led the standings since his win at Talladega Superspeedway in April.
• A New Series Record... Upon finishing the race at Nashville Superspeedway last Saturday, Keselowski extended his NASCAR Nationwide Series record of 80 consecutive races without a DNF (Did Not Finish).
• Making Laps… Keselowski has completed all 2,549 laps contested this season. He has led the field for 522 of those circuits.
• Truck Series…In 2005, Keselowski had one of his best NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races for the family-owned K Automotive team at Kentucky Speedway. After starting the race from the 27th position, Keselowski made his way to the front to lead four laps before finishing 18th.
• Non-Companions… During this three-week stretch of “non-companion” events, Keselowski will fly over 9,600 miles between the Nationwide Series and Cup Series races in an attempt to keep his Nationwide Series points lead and give Roger Penske his first NASCAR championship.
• Open Wheel History at Kentucky Speedway... While Penske Racing is still forming its NASCAR Nationwide Series history at the Kentucky Speedway, their Team Penske counterparts have enjoyed considerable success at the 1.5-mile track in IndyCar Series competition. In 17 starts, Team Penske has garnered two wins, one pole and eight top-five finishes.

Brad Keselowski on racing at Kentucky Speedway
“I’ve really enjoyed racing at Kentucky over the last two years. It’s hard to believe that I only have two starts there in my career. I’ve been able to run up front in both of those races, but we just couldn’t find a way to get to Victory Lane. This year, with the cars that Paul (Wolfe, crew chief) and all the guys on the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team are putting together, I feel as confident as ever that we can win on Saturday night. The fans always come out and support the racing at Kentucky and that makes it a race that I look forward to.”

Brad Keselowski on the potential for a NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway
“I like Kentucky a lot. I like the area. I think we should always look to see what we can do to draw attention to ourselves in untapped markets. Kentucky Speedway represents a very big, untapped market. In my opinion, a Cup race would do very well in Kentucky. It represents a large population area that draws from Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati, and even over to Dayton. We’ll just have to see how it plays out, but I do think it is something that is in the near future.”

Crew chief Paul Wolfe on preparing a car for Kentucky Speedway
“Over the last couple of years, Kentucky has taken on some characteristics that make it a little different than the other 1.5-mile tracks we visit. Turns 1 and 2 are very bumpy, especially on the bottom. You need to have smooth ride quality to take the fast way around the track. That also means a second groove will develop as the race progresses because a lot of drivers will avoid those bumps. The track gains a lot of grip as the sun goes down and it becomes very fast. I think it’s a track suited perfectly to Brad’s driving style.”