MULTI WINNER: Talladega Superspeedway is one of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) venues where Brad Keselowski has multiple wins. He picked up his first career series win at the mammoth oval in the 2009 edition of this race. He followed that up with a second victory last season. Keselowski also captured his first NASCAR win with Penske Racing in the April 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Talladega. He is one of 10 drivers to claim a victory at the track in both series.
INNOVATOR: Both on and off the racetrack, Keselowski has become an innovator in the sport. In 2009, he and Carl Edwards demonstrated the power of the two-car draft as Keselowski locked on Edwards’ rear bumper as the two cars moved to the front of the field at Talladega in just a few laps, altering the racing on superspeedways in NASCAR. Keselowski won that race in dramatic fashion for his first Cup Series victory.
FIRST OF MANY: The first win together for Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe came in the 2010 NNS victory at Talladega. Since that first win together the duo has become one of the most-dominant pairings with 14 NASCAR victories, the 2010 NNS championship and the 2012 NSCS title.
MEET KESELOWSKI: Keselowski will make an appearance at the Wal-Mart located at 165 Vaughn Lane in Pell City, Ala. on Friday night, May 3, at 6:30 pm.
DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Keselowski will receive the 2012 Driver of the Year Award on Thursday night, May 2, as part of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame ceremony.
ALABAMA NATIVES: The No. 2 Miller Lite Ford team has two Alabama natives on its roster. Hauler driver Mike Williams hails from Blue Springs while front-tire carrier Jeremy Ogles is from Birmingham.
WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO RACING AT TALLADEGA? “You really have to pay attention to how the race unfolds at Talladega. There are times when you need to be patient. There are times when you need to keep your head about you and race smart. But you are going to have to be aggressive at the end. Those are three elements of restrictor-plate racing that I work on throughout the race.”
WITH NO DOUBLE-DUTY RACING FOR YOU SCHEDULED UNTIL KENTUCKY, ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING JOEY LOGANO IN THE DISCOUNT TIRE FORD MUSTANG? “Absolutely. Joey is a beast in the Nationwide Series. It’s going to be a great thing for our Discount Tire Ford Mustang team to have a driver the caliber of Joey Logano behind the wheel. I feel like we have one of the best Nationwide Series programs around so I’m anxious to see how he does. But it is difficult for me to step away – especially after getting the first win of the season last weekend at Richmond – because I love this series. Having a Nationwide Series program is essential to our overall success at Penske Racing. It provides depth in a lot of areas. I’m proud of what we have built.”