No. 22 Ruby Tuesday/Discount Tire Dodge Challenger Preview

April 27, 2011

Brad Keselowski
No. 22 Ruby Tuesday/Discount Tire Dodge Challenger
Bubba Burger 250
Richmond International Raceway
April 29, 2011

No. 22 Ruby Tuesday/Discount Tire Dodge Challenger News and Notes 
• This Week’s Challenger…
The Penske Racing Ruby Tuesday/Discount Tire Dodge Challenger team will use chassis PRS-210 during Friday night’s Bubba Burger 250 at Richmond International Raceway. This is a former Penske Racing Cup Series chassis that has been completely rebuilt for NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) competition.
• The No. 22 Ruby Tuesday/Discount Tire Dodge Challenger in 2011... After eight events, Brad Keselowski and the reigning champion No. 22 Ruby Tuesday/Discount Tire Dodge Challenger team sit ninth in the 2011 Nationwide Series owner point standings. The team is coming off a third-place finish in the Nashville 300 last Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway – the team’s third consecutive top-five result.
• Defending Winner… Keselowski enjoyed one of the most-dominant drives of the entire 2010 NNS season in the Bubba Burger 250. He led 189 of the 252 laps contested on the way to his second-consecutive series victory. With the win, Keselowski maintained his lead in the NNS driver point standings, a position he would never relinquish on the way to the 2010 NNS championship.
• Statistically Speaking... The RIR oval, statistically, is Keselowski’s best track in NNS competition, as well as the NASCAR Cup Series. In his last four NNS starts at the track, Keselowski has an average finish of 2.7. He owns an average starting position of 7.7 in three Cup Series races. 
• Keselowski Short Track Stats… In 28 short track starts in the Nationwide Series, Keselowski has accumulated four wins, 12 top-five finishes, 17 top-10 results and two pole awards. In addition, he has led the field for 651 laps at tracks under one mile in length.
• Combo Car… Both Ruby Tuesday and Discount Tire will adorn the sides of the No. 22 Dodge Challenger this weekend at Richmond. Keselowski also piloted a “combo” car earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway

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/Discount Tire Dodge in Victory Lane this weekend.”
Crew chief Todd Gordon on preparing a car for Richmond International Raceway
“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. A first and a second last year in the Ruby Tuesday/Discount Tire Dodge tells you all you need to know about his abilities there. We’ve made our program better and better over the last few weeks. I think a win is right around the corner.”