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Before Friday's practice session at Auto Club Speedway, Brad Keselowski said it might be a good thing that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series engines are being stressed by higher speeds and high sustained RPMs.
In retrospect, after his No. 2 Penske Racing Ford team changed engines before Friday's qualifying session, Keselowski might want to retract that opinion.
There's no doubt that NASCAR's new Gen-6 race cars are fast. At a two-mile track such as Auto Club, however, sustained speed can create potential problems for the power plants.
"There is no doubt that this car is so fast that we're carrying more speed than we've ever carried pretty much at every track," Keselowski said before practice. "That isn't a bad thing, but it puts a lot of stress on the engines. There's a certain gear ratio we use to dictate what RPM band the cars are in, and, to this point, we've been using last year's model, which has put more stress on the engines with more speed.
"Maybe that's a good thing, too. I don't know. I think it pushes the teams to make their stuff a little better, and that's what this sport is about, constant evolution."
Two hours later, the team was changing engines. Early in the practice session, the Ford engine in Greg Biffle's No. 16 Fusion had blown, for an engine change in that car, too.
In compliance with NASCAR's one-engine rule, both Keselowski and Biffle must start from the rear of the field on Sunday. The Cup points leader and defending series champion, Keselowski will face a formidable challenge as he attempts to record his fifth straight top-five finish to start the season.
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Brad Keselowski might not come to the Auto Club Speedway with a victory next to his name, but he does have one thing 42 other drivers wish they had. That would be the points lead. Keselowski currently sits nine points ahead of his former Nationwide Series boss Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in his quest to repeat as Sprint Cup Series champion. While that is great for him, he would still like...
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You all know the old saying, "What a difference a year makes."
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This weekend, the stars of NASCAR descend upon Tinseltown, the land of celebrities and movie stars that brought us such racing classics as Cannonball Run, Days of Thunder and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, for Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:00 p.m. ET, FOX) at Auto Club Speedway.
Leading the charge into Fontana, Calif., is none other than reigning champion Brad Keselowski...
BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang – Finished 19th
“Our day was long. It was a long day. We just missed it at the start of the race and didn’t get it close to being right until the end and at that time it was too late. We had to race for strategy and it just didn’t fall our way today.”
TRAVIS PASTRANA, No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang – Finished...
Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski loved the RPM's the Sprint Cup cars were turning on Auto Club Speedway's 2.0 mile racetrack in Friday's practice sessions.
"There is no doubt that this car is so fast that we're carrying more speed than we've ever carried pretty much at every track," Keselowski said before practice. "That isn...
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On the official starting lineup sheet Ford drivers Greg Biffle and Brad Keselowski will start second and third respectfully today. In reality, both drivers will start shotgun on the field after both changed engines Friday.
Biffle’s engine change happened during practice, relegating him to only eight laps on the track before qualifying. Keselowski’s change happened right before...
BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion (Qualified 3rd)
ON HIS LAP:“The Miller Lite Ford is pretty fast. I am not a really good qualifier so you know if we qualify well we are going to be a threat. It is a good sign.”
WHAT DID YOU FEEL OUT THERE AND WHAT CAN WE EXPECT SUNDAY? “My car was really good and it has a lot of grip in qualifying mode. In the race they tend to...
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What an incredible turn of events that unfolded in the closing laps at Auto Club Speedway — a track not normally known for exciting races, or finishes. That all changed after the 2013 Auto Club 400, as the fans will be talking about this race for a long time to come.
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Denny Hamlin edged Greg Biffle and Brad Keselowski for the top starting spot in Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, but of the three top qualifiers, Hamlin will be the only driver starting at or near the front of the field.
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