No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger Phoenix Preview

February 22, 2011

Brad Keselowski
No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger
Bashas’ Supermarkets 200
Phoenix International Raceway
February 26, 2011

No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger News and Notes 
• The No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger in 2011...
After one event, Brad Keselowski and the reigning champion  No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger team sit 30th in the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) owner point standings.
• This Week’s Challenger… The Penske Racing Discount Tire Dodge Challenger team will use chassis PRS-209 during Saturday’s Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). Keselowski drove this chassis to Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October of 2010.
• To Finish First You Must First Finish... Dating back to the March 2008 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Keselowski has been running at the end in 102 of the last 103 races, including a NASCAR-record 102 consecutive race run, which came to a close last weekend at Daytona.
• New Car Smell… Penske Racing and the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team proved to be the class of the field in the four NNS races where the new Dodge Challenger was used in 2010. With two wins, four top-five finishes and one pole it was clear that the new car suited Keselowski and the team. With full implementation of the Challenger for 2011, Keselowski has plenty of confidence that he can improve upon the banner year he enjoyed last season.
• “Home” Field Advantage… Team sponsor, Discount Tire, is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. Employees of the corporation will make up a large contingent of Keselowski fans on Saturday afternoon.
• Keselowski Speedway Stats… In 94 speedway starts in the Nationwide Series, Keselowski has accumulated seven wins, 40 top-five finishes, 54 top-10 results and five pole awards. In addition, he has led the field for 1,104 laps at tracks over one-mile in length that do not require the use of a restrictor plate.
• See Brad at Discount Tire… Keselowski will make an appearance at the Discount Tire store located at 393 South Watson Road in Buckeye, Ariz., on Thursday, February 24 at 4:00 pm PT.

Brad Keselowski on his chances to pick up his first victory of the season this weekend at PIR
“I feel that every weekend we have a shot at winning in the Nationwide Series. Our team is that strong. The Nationwide program at Penske Racing is that strong. Every weekend is a great opportunity for us to win and I think we can get the first win of the season at Phoenix. I’ve always looked forward to going out to PIR to race. I love the fact that Phoenix is its own unique venue and the community really embraces us twice a year. We have a lot of support from Discount Tire and winning in their backyard would be a great way to show them how much we appreciate what they do for Penske Racing.” 

Crew chief Todd Gordon on this weekend’s race at PIR
“Everyone on the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team is looking forward to this weekend’s race at Phoenix. This is the car Brad won Charlotte with in October and we have tested twice at Walt Disney World Speedway, which is very similar to Phoenix. Brad was very happy with the way the car drove so we feel like we have a great shot to give Discount Tire their first victory of the season at their home track.”