No. 22 America's Tire Dodge Preview-Royal Purple 300

March 20, 2012

Brad Keselowski
No. 22 America’s Tire Dodge Challenger
Royal Purple 300
Auto Club Speedway
Saturday, March 24, 2012
TV: ESPN at 5:00 PM ET   Radio: MRN/Sirius 90

No. 22 America’s Tire Dodge Challenger News and Notes
• This Week’s Challenger…
Brad Keselowski and the Penske Racing America’s Tire Dodge Challenger team will use chassis PRS-222 during Saturday’s Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway (ACS). This is a new chassis to the No. 22 fleet.
• The No. 22 America’s Tire Dodge Challenger in 2012... Following four points-paying events, Keselowski and the No. 22 America’s Tire Dodge team sits fifth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) owner point standings following a third-place finish last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.
• Keselowski Climbing the Charts… By taking the checkered flag in the 2011 season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Keselowski claimed sole possession of 15th place on the NNS all-time wins list with 17 victories. Keselowski is now three wins away from tying Greg Biffle for 14th place on the all-time list.
• Origins of a Twitter Sensation... During the 2012 Daytona 500, Keselowski became a Twitter sensation by becoming the first driver to tweet a picture from inside his racecar. The origins of why he had his phone with him can be traced back to a 2007 NNS race at ACS, when he was involved in a spectacular crash. Keselowski was airlifted to an L.A.-area hospital and had no way to communicate to his family. From that point on he decided to have a pouch placed in his racecar so that he could call his family when needed.
• Keselowski Speedway Stats…In 103 speedway starts in the Nationwide Series, Keselowski has accumulated nine wins, 46 top-five finishes, 65 top-10 results and six pole awards. In addition, he has led the field for 1,677 laps at tracks between one and two miles in length.
• Pick 22 To Win… Discount Tire, America’s largest tire and wheel retailer, and NASCAR champion driver Brad Keselowski, are providing an exciting way for race fans to follow the action and win great prizes with the Pick 22 to Win online sweepstakes. At fans select where Keselowski and his No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger will finish in a designated Nationwide Series race. There are 15 separate Nationwide Series races for fans to participate in for a chance to win free sets of tires and great autographed Brad Keselowski race gear.
• Meet Keselowski… Keselowski will make an America’s Tire appearance at Speedzone located at 17871 Castleton Street in City of Industry, Calif., on Friday, March 23 beginning at 7:30 p.m. PT.

Brad Keselowski on the potential of picking up his first win of the season at Auto Club Speedway
“We have really good speed in our America’s Tire Dodge Challengers. Jeremy (Bullins, crew chief) and all the guys on the team have been building outstanding racecars to start the season. A win is just around the corner. I would love to get one at Auto Club Speedway because it hasn’t been one of my best tracks over the years, including a pretty spectacular wreck in 2007. We need a little more to run with the No. 2 and No. 6 cars, but we’ve been working hard to find that extra speed we need. We had a very strong car at Las Vegas and that has me encouraged for Fontana.”

Crew chief Jeremy Bullins on Auto Club Speedway
“Everyone on the America’s Tire Dodge Challenger team is excited to get to Auto Club Speedway this weekend. We feel like we let one get away from us the last time we were on an intermediate track, which was Las Vegas earlier in the month. Our package for these tracks proved to be strong so I feel like we can get our first win of the season on Saturday. Fontana is an aero-sensitive track, probably one of the most-sensitive we go to. You need to keep your car ‘clean’ in order to have a chance to win the race. We all know that Brad will give us his all behind the wheel and that motivates us to give him a car that he can race to the win.”