Brad Keselowski Nationwide Series New Hampshire Preview

June 22, 2010

Brad Keselowski
No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Charger
New England 200
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
June 26, 2010

No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Charger News and Notes 
• This Week’s Charger…
The No. 22 Penske Racing Ruby Tuesday Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-034 during Saturday’s 200-mile race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). Keselowski drove this chassis to a victory at Richmond International Raceway in April.
• The No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger in 2010... After 15 races, Keselowski and the No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge team currently lead the Nationwide Series driver point standings by 237 points over Carl Edwards. Keselowski has led the standings since his win at Talladega Superspeedway in April.
• Richmond Rewind… Keselowski dominated the field at Richmond with the chassis that he will drive this weekend at NHMS. In April, he led 189 of the 250 laps for his first career win at the .75-mile oval. The victory was also the first win for sponsor Ruby Tuesday, whose logos will also adorn the sides of the No. 22 Dodge at NHMS.
• A New Series Record... Upon finishing the race at Road America last Saturday, Keselowski extended his NASCAR Nationwide Series record of 82 consecutive races without a DNF (Did Not Finish).
• Series Leader… Keselowski leads the Nationwide Series in top-five finishes (12), top-10 finishes (14) and laps completed. He has completed all 2,799 laps contested this season and has led the field for 522 of those circuits.
 Interesting Stat…This season, Keselowski has more top-five finishes than any other Nationwide Series competitor has top-10 finishes.
• Driver Turned Crew Chief…  Crew chief Paul Wolfe has an extensive driving history at NHMS. The 33-year-old has one career start in the Nationwide Series at the venue, along with 11 starts in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (KNPSE) competition. In those 11 KNPSE starts, Wolfe accumulated four top-five finishes, 6 top-10 finishes and 137 laps led.
• The Rest is History... While Penske Racing is still forming its NASCAR Nationwide Series history at NHMS, Roger Penske-owned teams have visited Victory Lane at the 1.058-mile track. Mark Donohue scored back-to-back wins in 1968-69 at the track (known then as Bryar Motor Sports Park) in the Trans-Am Series. Al Unser Jr. also captured a checkered flag at the track in the former CART Series in 1994, a race in which Team Penske finished one-two-three.  

Brad Keselowski on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
“New Hampshire is a fun place to race because it’s one of those tracks where you are racing it as much as you are the competitors. It’s very hard to pass, especially in these Nationwide cars, because you get too loose underneath someone and you don’t have the power to beat them off the corner. I feel lucky to have Paul Wolfe as my crew chief because he has run more laps at that track than I have. He understands the nuances of it and that is a huge plus for our No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge team.”

Brad Keselowski on how he prepares for the rest of the season with a 237-point lead
“It feels great to come out of those three non-companion weekends with a comfortable lead in the points standings, but there is still a lot of racing left to go. The four races with the new car are going to play a very important role in determining the championship. If we can make it through those races unscathed, beginning next week in Daytona, then we’ll reevaluate our season and figure out our strategy for the final half. My philosophy has always been to go to the racetrack to win and the points will take care of themselves, but we need to do what’s best for Penske Racing.”

Crew chief Paul Wolfe on preparing a car for New Hampshire Motor Speedway
“New Hampshire has long, flat corners and you tend to fight a tight-handling condition throughout the race. The key is to keep the car turning with good mechanical grip so as to not upset the aero platform. Even though it’s just over one mile in length, aerodynamics still play a big role in racing at New Hampshire. We’re excited to race this chassis again, after the way it performed at Richmond. Hopefully it will be the same result.”