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New Hampshire Motor Speedway



Race Capsule

What: Race 19 of 34 on Nationwide circuit
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH
When: July 16, 2011 3:47 pm EDT ESPN2
Laps: 200
Track Length: 1.058 miles
Race Length: 212.00 miles


Records
Date Series Driver Speed

7/13/97 Sprint Cup Race Jeff Burton 117.00
9/19/10 Sprint Cup Qualifying Brad Keselowski 133.572
6/27/09 Nationwide Race Kyle Busch 112.00
5/12/01 Nationwide Qualifying Kevin Harvick 130.716
9/19/09 Camping World Truck Race Kyle Busch 112.00
9/18/10 Camping World Truck Qualifying Kyle Busch 130.029

Nationwide Series
Upcoming Race Jul 16
New England 200


Track Facts
New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Location: Loudon, NH
Banking/Turns: Oval
Distance: 1.06 miles
Shape: Oval


Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

6/26/10 New England 200 Brad Keselowski Kyle Busch Toyota $1,044,795
6/27/09 Camping World RV Sales 200 Joey Logano Kyle Busch Toyota $1,197,559
6/28/08 Camping World RV Sales 200 by RVs.com Landon Cassill Tony Stewart Toyota $1,201,721
6/30/07 Camping World 200 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Chevrolet $1,164,835



Race Capsule

What: Race 19 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH
When: July 17, 2011 1:16 pm EDT TNT
Laps: 301
Track Length: 1.058 miles
Race Length: 318.00 miles


Records
Date Series Driver Speed

7/13/97 Sprint Cup Race Jeff Burton 117.00
9/19/10 Sprint Cup Qualifying Brad Keselowski 133.572
6/27/09 Nationwide Race Kyle Busch 112.00
5/12/01 Nationwide Qualifying Kevin Harvick 130.716
9/19/09 Camping World Truck Race Kyle Busch 112.00
9/18/10 Camping World Truck Qualifying Kyle Busch 130.029

Sprint Cup Series
Upcoming Race Jul 17
Lenox Industrial Tools 301


Track Facts
New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Location: Loudon, NH
Banking/Turns: Oval
Distance: 1.06 miles
Shape: Oval

Most Cup Wins (since 1975)

Jeff Burton: 4


Sprint Cup
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

6/27/10 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Juan Pablo Montoya Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,256,417
9/19/10 Sylvania 300 Brad Keselowski Clint Bowyer Chevrolet $5,256,417
6/28/09 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Tony Stewart Joey Logano Toyota $5,423,189
9/20/09 Sylvania 300 Juan Pablo Montoya Mark Martin Chevrolet $5,423,189
6/29/08 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Patrick Carpentier Kurt Busch Dodge $5,383,710
9/14/08 Sylvania 300 Kyle Busch Greg Biffle Ford $5,383,710
7/1/07 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 Dave Blaney Denny Hamlin Chevrolet $5,315,335
9/16/07 Sylvania 300 Clint Bowyer Clint Bowyer Chevrolet $5,319,880

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Race Capsule

What: Race 11 of 25 on Camping World Truck circuit
Where: Iowa Speedway, Newton, IA
When: July 16, 2011 8:14 pm EDT SPEED
Laps: 200
Track Length: 0.875 miles
Race Length: 175.00 miles


Iowa Speedway
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Date Series Driver Speed

5/22/11 Nationwide Race Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 106.00
8/1/09 Nationwide Qualifying Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 135.135
9/5/09 Camping World Truck Race Mike Skinner 99.00
9/5/09 Camping World Truck Qualifying Mike Skinner 137.052

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July 13, 2011 , LOUDON, N.H. - For Immediate Release
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New England 200
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Saturday, July 16, 2011



BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger R/T

Career Stats:

Starts: 156

Wins: 13

Top Fives: 66

Top 10s: 93

Poles: 8

Laps Led: 2,102

Average Start: 15.0

Average Finish: 12.6


2011 Season Stats:

Starts: 17

Wins: 1

Top Fives: 7

Top 10s: 11

Laps Led: 254

Average Start: 8.8

Average Finish: 12.1



New Hampshire Motor Speedway Stats:

Starts: 3

Wins: 0

Top Fives: 2

Top 10s: 3

Laps Led: 64

Average Start: 5.7

Average Finish: 5.0

Highlights:

· Most recent NASCAR Nationwide Series win came last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

· The reigning NASCAR Nationwide champion.

· Earned Penske Racing its first NASCAR champion last season.

· In 2010, set career-bests in wins (6), top five’s (26), top 10s (29) and poles (5).

· First Nationwide victory came at Nashville Superspeedway (2008).

DODGE QUOTES:
“New Hampshire is a fun place to race because it's one of those tracks where you are racing it as much as you are the competitors. It's very hard to pass, especially in these Nationwide cars, because you get too loose underneath someone and you don't have the power to beat them off the corner. You need to be able to maintain forward bite off the corner throughout the race to be successful. The fans in New Hampshire are some of the best on the circuit. We had a really good car there last year and finished second. Hopefully we can better that by one position and take the Ruby Tuesday Dodge to Victory Lane."
Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger R/T

DID YOU KNOW

· Saturday’s race will be the track debut for the NASCAR Nationwide Series “new car”.

· Brad Keselowski set a NASCAR record 102 consecutive Nationwide Series races without a DNF (Did Not Finish) that ended at this year’s season-opening race at Daytona.


DODGE IN THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES

· Dodge won its first Nationwide championship last year when Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski claimed the driver’s title.

· Dodge is fielding two entries in the Nationwide Series this year from the Penske Racing stable. Sam Hornish Jr. joins teammate Keselowski for a limited race schedule.

· Dodge has 35 wins in the Nationwide Series, seven of which came in 2010.

THE NUMBERS

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win of the season last weekend at Kentucky Speedway. He dominated in his Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T, leading 132 of 200 laps en route to his 13th career Nationwide win.

FROM THE CREW CHIEF
"New Hampshire has long, flat corners and you tend to fight a tight-handling condition throughout the race. The key is to keep the car turning with good mechanical grip so as to not upset the aero platform. Even though it's just over one mile in length, aerodynamics still play a big role in racing at New Hampshire. This chassis performed well at Charlotte and we are excited to race it again, especially after the improvements we feel that we've made with our program. Brad has tremendous stats at New Hampshire. All that is missing is a win. Hopefully we can give him something to work with this weekend.”
Todd Gordon, crew chief, No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger R/T

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NSCS Race Advance - New Hampshire
July 12, 2011 , LOUDON, N.H. - For Immediate Release
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LENOX Industrial Tools 301
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Sunday, July 17, 2011



DODGE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

· Dodge has three wins at New Hampshire (Ward Burton, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch).

· Penske Racing’s Kurt Bush leads all current Dodge drivers with three Sprint Cup victories at NHMS. Busch won the rain-shortened spring event in 2008. Busch swept both events in 2004 prior to joining the Dodge family.

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski earned his first career pole at last year’s fall event at New Hampshire.

· Dodge has earned the pole in five of the last 13 races at NHMS when qualifying was not postponed.

· First Dodge Sprint Cup Series Win at Loudon: Ward Burton, 07/21/2002, New England 300, 92.342 mph avg. speed.

· Last Dodge Sprint Cup Series Win at Loudon: Kurt Busch, 06/29/2008, Lenox Tools 301, 106.719 avg. speed.


DODGE NEWS AND NOTES

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch has finished 15th or better in eight consecutive races and was outside the top 10 in only three (Michigan – 11th, Dover – 14th, Daytona – 14th). His average starting position the last six races is 7.0; his average finish is 7.6.

· After 18 races in the 2011 NSCS season, Dodges from Penske Racing have collected four poles, two wins along with six top-five and 14 top-10 finishes.


INSIDE THE NUMBERS

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch has scored top 10 finishes in five of the last six races at New Hampshire.

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski has three consecutive top 15 finishes.

· Penske Racing has four Sprint Cup wins at NHMS.


DID YOU KNOW

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch has 15 combined wins at the seven race tracks leading up to the Chase - (New Hampshire – 3, Pocono – 2, Michigan – 2, Bristol – 5, Atlanta – 3).

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski is only three points out of the top 20 in the driver point standings.

· Only four of the 32 NSCS races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been won from the pole.

· Dodge’s Robby Gordon earned his first career Sprint Cup victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2001.


THE DODGE BOYS

· Dodge has 209 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

· Dodge’s most recent win came at Infineon Raceway. Kurt Busch led 76 of the 110 laps en route to victory in the Save Mart 350. The victory was the second for Dodge in 2011.

· Dodge teams have posted 49 victories since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.

· Dodge has posted wins each season since its return in 2001 including seven wins twice (2002 and 2006).

· Dodge claimed two Sprint Cup victories in 2010.

· A Dodge has started from the pole in four of the last seven Sprint Cup races – Brad Keselowski (Charlotte) and Kurt Busch (Kansas, Pocono and Michigan).


2011 DODGE SPRINT CUP REWIND

· Race 1: Kurt Busch won the season-opening Bud Shootout and a Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

· Races 12-15: Dodge earned four-consecutive poles.

· Race 13: Keselowski won Kansas. First Dodge win of the season

· Race 16: Busch dominated at Infineon. Earned first road course win of his career; his first win of the season.


2011 SPRINT CUP SERIES SEASON BEST

· Kurt Busch Start: 1st (Kansas, Pocono & Michigan)
Finish: 1st (Infineon)

· Brad Keselowski Start: 1st (Charlotte)
Finish: 1st (Kansas)

· Robby Gordon Start: 30th (Daytona)
Finish: 16th (Daytona)

ODDS AND ENDS

· Kurt Busch is the only driver in the Sprint Cup Series who has been in the top 10 in the season point standings every race. Two other drivers – Carl and Tony Stewart – have been in the top 12 all season.

· Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch combined to lead led 120 of the 267 laps in last weekend’s race at Kentucky – Keselowski led three times for 79 laps and Busch led twice for 41 laps. Keselowski finished seventh and Busch finished ninth.

FROM THE ENGINEER
"As we go to Loudon this week, teams are faced with a unique engineering problem. No other track on the Sprint Cup schedule comes close to the configuration of this flat one-mile circuit. That means there are no current notes for a one-mile track to draw from. Phoenix and Dover are both on the schedule and both are one-mile tracks, but they're completely different configurations. So what does a top-line Sprint Cup team do to prepare for a race on a configuration we haven't seen since last September? Every competitive team in the garage has probably been to The Milwaukee Mile this spring as a testing venue for Loudon. Much like Loudon, Milwaukee is a mile, it's flat, both straightaways are actually straight, and even though the radius of the corners are slightly different than Loudon, they're close enough that teams find plenty of value in a Milwaukee test. Milwaukee is not on the Sprint Cup schedule, but it surely is on every team's radar."
Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering


DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“The summer stretch is here and we run all these tracks and none of them are in the Chase with the exception of New Hampshire. So yes, New Hampshire is really important in that respect in that we’ll be coming back there during the Chase. I don’t think that you really pinpoint any of the upcoming races as a time when you just completely start focusing in on the points. It just sort of all blends in to where you hope that you’ve built up a cushion when it comes down to two or three (races) to go where you’re comfortable heading into the Chase.”
Kurt Busch, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

"We don't need to change anything concerning how we approach the last few races before the Chase. We're in a good spot to be one of the wild cards, but we obviously aren't quite there yet. (Crew chief) Paul(Wolfe) and I have always taken things race by race. With the way we have been running over the last couple of months, we should be able to make our way inside the top 20, and contend for more wins which should guarantee a spot in the Chase."
Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T

Crew chief Paul Wolfe on this weekend's race at New Hampshire Motor
Speedway


"Loudon is a unique racetrack. It has aspects of both Richmond andPhoenix all rolled into one. We work really hard to get the car to turn
the center (of the corners) and maintain forward drive for late into a
run. It's a very flat layout, which presents a lot of different
challenges. With no banking to catch the car, it can be very hard on
brakes because the straightaways are long and you can build up a lot of
speed before you get to the corner. It is so hard to pass, you really
need the complete package to win there - good brakes, handling and pit
stops."

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Kligerman Has Best Chance For Breakthrou​gh Win At Iowa

Date: 07/14/2011
Location: Charlotte, NC

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES ROOKIE KLIGERMAN STARING DOWN BEST CHANCE FOR BREAKTHROUGH WIN SATURDAY AT IOWA

PENSKE RACING DEVELOPMENT DRIVER LEANS ON OWNER KESELOWSKI IN RETURN TO TRACK HE DOMINATED IN 2009 ARCA RACING SERIES




He has flown mostly under the radar so far this season, but NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Parker Kligerman has emerged as a favorite to score his career-first NASCAR victory this weekend at Iowa Speedway, a track he dominated in the 2009 ARCA Racing Series.

Kligerman made waves recently with consecutive second-place finishes in Truck Series races at Texas Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway, and now heads to Iowa for Saturday’s race (8 p.m. ET live on SPEED™; NCWTS Setup with Krista Voda at 7:30 p.m. ET) and his best chance yet at breaking through in the win column. Kligerman, driver of the No. 29 Penske Truck Rental Dodge for Brad Keselowski Racing, sits fifth in Truck Series points on the strength of four top-10 finishes in the past six races.

The 20-year-old driver credits seat time and simply going with what he knows for his recent streak of solid runs.

“I’ve gone back to how I used to do things,” Kligerman said. “At the beginning of the season, I was a little brash and naïve in thinking that in doing 10 Nationwide races (in 2010), I’d learned everything there was to learn about stock cars. And going into the Truck Series, I thought if I was in good equipment, I’d go out there and win races right off the bat. I probably tried too hard to make that happen. I’ve kind of gone back to what I used to do, which was to let the races come to me. Instead we were just trying to rebuild trucks, which never make them go faster.”

The Penske Racing development driver admits pushing the truck beyond its capabilities cost him dearly in two races, but those mistakes served as a wake-up call to the young driver.

“I made a stupid mistake at Texas and a stupid mistake at Dover while going for second late in the race, which put us in a hole points-wise,” Kligerman reflected. “Since then, I’ve gotten my head screwed on straight. Given that and finishing races and running up front—I think that’s where a lot of our progress has come from.”

The next stop for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series just happens to be a track that Kligerman turned into his own personal playground in 2009 with a dominating win in the ARCA Racing Series. Although he hadn’t been to Iowa Speedway prior to that weekend, Kligerman led 142 of 200 laps in his 12th series start and beat Austin Dillon to the checkered flag. The feat marked his fourth win in a five-race winning streak that he parlayed into nine wins for the season and a runner-up spot in the championship.

Ray Dunlap, SPEED reporter for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, says Kligerman’s time is now.

“Parker is so close to that first win that he can smell it – we all can,” Dunlap said. “What is so amazing about what that team has done is that they’re driving Dodges without any factory support. At the beginning of the year, they appeared really out to lunch with their program, but they’ve done an incredible amount of homework. Their new crew chief, Jeff Stankiewicz, got in there and put his arms around that program like a veteran. There is no doubt in my mind that either Parker or Cole Whitt will be the next to break through to Victory Lane for their first win.”

Kligerman and company have a solid leader on which to lean. His owner, Keselowski, knows a thing or two about competing for a championship at a young age, capturing the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series title while 26. Kligerman says Keselowski executes wisdom beyond his years in his management style.

“It’s sometimes weird to think the boss is the same age as my older brother,” Kligerman joked. “Sometimes I look at it like my older brother giving me advice. But for Brad’s young age, he is more hands-on than most guys. He’s hands-on from Monday through Friday in terms of how we build the trucks, what’s going on, how we can make them better, what parts we need. When you talk to him, the first question he will ask is, ‘What do we need to be better?’ If he can’t get it, he will think of another way we can tackle that problem. He takes a lot of what he learns in the Cup Series and brings it down to our Truck team, which helps a lot.”

Perhaps it’s the proximity in age between the truck owner, driver and crew that has helped this team leapfrog the learning curve as the season has progressed.

“This is the first time our team has tried to tackle the full season and we’ve got a lot of new guys,” Kligerman explained. “My crew chief, Jeff Stankiewicz, marked his first year as a crew chief at Kentucky. We’re very young but look at what we’ve been able to achieve without a lot of funding and a hard-working group of guys.”

About SPEED™
SPEED, anchored by its popular and wide-ranging coverage of NASCAR, is the nation’s first and only cable television network dedicated to automotive and motorcycle racing, performance and lifestyle. Now available in nearly 84 million homes in North America, SPEED, a member of the FOX Sports Media Group, is among the industry leaders in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services, including SPEED2, a groundbreaking new broadband network featuring live, streaming and on-demand events complementing offerings of the linear network. For more information, please visit SPEED.com, the online motor sports authority.

About FOX Sports Media Group
FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) is the umbrella entity representing News Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets under Chairman & CEO David Hill. Built with brands that are capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FSMG includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FSMG now includes FOX Sports, the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; SPEED and SPEED2; Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus; FUEL TV; and Fox College Sports. In addition, FSMG also includes FOX Sports Interactive Media, which comprises FOXSports.com on MSN, whatifsports.com and scout.com, reaching over 20 million unique visitors monthly. Also included are Fox’s interests in joint-venture businesses FOX Deportes, Big Ten Network and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network, FOX Sports Skybox restaurants and FOX Sports Grills.

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Miller Lite Dodge offers exposure, expectations for Brad Keselowski

July 14, 2011




Penske Racing driver Brad Keselowski took over the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge in '11

It's one of NASCAR's most iconic rides, previously driven by two Cup champions

After a slow start, Keselowski, 21st in points, is starting to meet high expectations



It's just a paint scheme and a number; color on sheet metal. But then again, it's something else. The No. 2 Miller Lite car is among NASCAR's most recognizable rides, previously piloted by Sprint Cup Series champions Rusty Wallace and Kurt Busch.

When Brad Keselowski took it over this season as part of a sponsorship switch at Penske Racing, the Blue Deuce offered him a whole new level of exposure -- the beer maker, in an attempt to introduce their new pitchman to fans, put together the often hilarious Ask Brad site. But the ride also came with a whole new set of expectations for Keselowski in his second year as a full-time Cup driver.

"The Miller Lite Dodge is definitely one of the most iconic rides in our sport. With that comes pressure, sure, but I put pressure on myself to perform at a high level anyway," he said.

After a rocky start piloting Penske's flagship vehicle, he is finding his footing, and he's worked his way into the hunt for his first Chase berth in the process.

Through the first nine races of the season, Keselowski was 26th or worse five times and was sitting 28th in the standings. But since May's stop at Darlington, he's averaging a 12.8 finish, which includes a third-place finish at the Lady in Black, a win at Kansas, a 10th-place finish at Sonoma and a pole at Charlotte. He looked poised to challenge for his second victory last weekend at Kentucky, leading 79 laps (19 more than he led in the previous 17 races combined and 38 more than he led in all of 2010), but he fell behind on late restarts and slipped to seventh. Still, over the past nine events, only eight drivers have more points than Keselowski's 189.

"We've just been able to find speed in our cars, the raw speed that is necessary to be successful," Keselowski said. "After the race at Richmond, we all came together and developed a plan to get better. [Team owner Roger] Penske has been completely supportive of everything we've said that we need. Personnel changes were made. Improvements were made in our cars. I've grown as a driver. It's been a lot of small things. As Mr. Penske likes to say, 'You stack enough pennies together and you get a dollar.' We weren't very far off. That's why we were able to turn it around as quickly as we have."

It was also a matter of Keselowski's crew chief getting acclimated to life in the Cup series. Paul Wolfe, who helped Keselowski win the Nationwide Series title last season, had never been a Cup pit boss before, and this season has served as a learning experience.

"[Wolfe] had to get used to everything about the Cup series, from the cars to new faces on the team, even down to the different structure to the weekend compared to the Nationwide Series," Keselowski said. "It just took time for all of that to come together, but I had nothing but confidence in him and the team he put together."

With those early woes behind them, Keselowski now sits 21st in the points, a mere three points behind Joey Logano for what is a pivotal spot in the rankings. This season's tweak to the Chase sees the final two spots go to the two winningest drivers outside the top 10 but within the top 20 in points.

But Keselowski isn't resigned to simply slip into the Chase. Three of the eight remaining regular-season venues are among his best, including New Hampshire, this weekend's stop, where he has a top-10 finish and a pole to his credit. His sights are on a second victory, which would all but wrap up a playoff spot given that no driver outside of the top seven has reached Victory Lane twice this season.

"I really think it will take one more win to assure ourselves a spot in the Chase," Keselowski said. "There are some tracks left before the Chase starts where I think we can win, and that will be our focus."

Keselowski already has experience in closing things out; he won the Nationwide crown last year. He says the ability to deliver in that title run can help him as he tries to become that series' third champ in four years to go on to make the Chase the following season.

"The thing that both Paul and I can take away from our Nationwide Series championship from last year is the confidence that, together, we can be successful," Keselowski said. "Just like last year, Paul and I approach everything race by race. If we take each race as they come, then the points will take care of themselves."

Regardless of whether Keselowski makes the playoff, this has, without question, been a year of progress in his Cup career. A driver who had been best known as a surprise winner at Talladega in '09 and for his infamous feud with Carl Edwards already has twice as many top-10s as a year ago.

Taking over a car driven by two past champions was an unenviable task, especially for a driver still learning. Add in that Miller Lite's chief rival in the series, Budweiser, added a proven commodity this year (Kevin Harvick), and the bar was undoubtedly raised even higher in Keselowski's second full season in the Cup series. But he's beginning to meet the expected level of production, and starting to ease any doubts as the man behind the wheel of one of NASCAR's legendary cars.


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New Hampshire Motor Speedway



Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed

1 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 135.232
2 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 135.064
3 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 134.763
4 Kurt Busch (22) Dodge 134.340
5 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 134.150
6 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 134.122
7 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 134.075
8 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 133.788
9 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 133.778
10 Kasey Kahne (4) Toyota 133.755
11 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 133.717
12 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 133.595
13 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 133.450
14 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 133.431
15 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 133.408
16 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 133.361
17 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 133.114
18 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 133.096
19 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 133.026
20 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 132.993
21 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota 132.938
22 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 132.905
23 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 132.845
24 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 132.725
25 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 132.702
26 David Ragan (6) Ford 132.665
27 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 132.531
28 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 132.402
29 David Stremme (30) Chevrolet 132.232
30 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 132.131
31 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 132.126
32 Landon Cassill (51) Chevrolet 131.888
33 Michael McDowell (66) Toyota 131.406
34 David Gilliland (34) Ford 131.401
35 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 131.306
36 Jeff Green (55) Ford 131.175
37 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 130.977
38 J.J. Yeley (38) Ford 130.950
39 Mike Skinner (60) Toyota 130.761
40 Erik Darnell (46) Chevrolet 130.184
41 Mike Bliss (32) Ford 129.980
42 Scott Wimmer (7) Dodge 128.268
43 Andy Lally (71) Ford 129.913
44 Tony Raines (37) DNQ 129.692
45 Scott Riggs (181) DNQ 129.116
46 Dennis Setzer (192) DNQ 129.020

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NSCS Final Qualifying - Loudon
July 15, 2011 , LOUDON, N.H. - Friday, July 15, 2011


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LENOX Industrial Tools 301
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 4th
“It was a good lap. We picked up speed from practice which is what you always want. We were confused if we needed to try and get it (fastest lap) on the first lap or stick to our game plan and get it on our second lap like we had been doing. It will be interesting to see how the overall stats line up, if guys did it on the first lap or second. We were just caught in between. We didn’t know which one to go for. A top-five starting spot is great. It keeps us up front in the mix and gives us a good pit selection.

"We were tight coming off of Turn 2 on our first lap and that's just low air pressures. We were trying to decide which lap was going to be quicker for us because we had seen guys quicker on their first lap and we had seen consistency on our second lap. But overall, a great lap for our Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge. AAA has a lot of support up here and it's great to have them on board. It's a flat one-mile track and I like it."

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 5th
“I don’t think that will hold up at the top (provisional pole). That should end up in the top 10. I expected to run better on the second lap (his qualifying time came on the first lap). My teammate Kurt Busch will be tough, he should be right up there at the top. We got a good lap in; it’s a respectable place to start. You always want more. We started practice very strong, but fell off at the end. This was a good pickup from where we ended up in practice. It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. This track has a short-track feel to it which I think is good; it serves the sport well. It’s a lot of fun to watch. I like this place.”

SCOTT WIMMER (No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 42nd
“We’ve been struggling a little bit with the car today, just haven’t been able to throw a lot of tires and stuff like that at it. Robby (Gordon) is coming tomorrow. I feel we have a pretty good baseline to start on. We’ll really start to work on it in those practice sessions and he’s going to race the SPEED Energy Dodge on Sunday. Ultimately, we were just trying to get a feel out of it today. Hopefully, we can make some big gains tomorrow.”

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


KEYS FOR SUCCESS: LENOX Industrial Tools 301

LOUDON, N.H. (Friday, July 15, 2011) – Each race weekend, selected Dodge Motorsports engineers, Penske Racing engineers and crew chiefs, drivers or engine specialists give their insight on the ‘Keys for Success’ for the upcoming race. This week, Travis Geisler, Penske Racing’s Director of Competition, provides the keys for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race here at “The Magic Mile”.

Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Race 19 of 36 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)

Race: LENOX Industrial Tools 301 (301 laps / 318.458 miles)

Trivia Question: The last time a driver led every lap of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was the 2000 Dura Lube 300 here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Who was that driver? (Answer Below)

TRAVIS GEISLER (Director of Competition, Penske Racing)

Unique characteristics! “Anytime that you come to a short track, getting the car to turn in the center is what everybody talks about, but I think there are a couple of things that are unique about Loudon: the bumps entering turn three and the difference of the entry between Turns 1 and 3.

“It’s really a different approach to the corner. You have to have a car that’s capable of handling the heavy braking zone with a lot of bumps. It really overloads the front end. You have to make sure you can get through that section to get the beginning of your corner started. That’s one area we always need to focus on here, to make sure the cars can get through there and get set up well to get through the middle of Turns 3 and 4. Otherwise, it’s normal short-track stuff. You have to have really good torque to be able to get off the corner, something that can carry you down the straightaways. It does have a fair amount of straightaways for a short track. If you can manage your braking, manage your entry zone where you can keep the car underneath you and get through the center of the corner, that really is the key here, rolling the center with speed.

Tires vs. track position! “Tires are usually pretty good here. I think that’s something you’ll see become a race strategy where teams will go for track position over new tires. Tires don’t wear as much here as they do at other places. It’s harder to pass cars than the amount of speed you gain with new tires.”

Making a pass! “Passing cars here is a little tough. I think the best situation you could have is to be able to pull underneath somebody in the middle of the corner. You’re kind of on that free roll here where it seems like the cars are almost stopped. If you can get just get a fender underneath somebody, you can force them up on exit and get them out of the lane they want. Then you have the advantage going down the straightaway and the preferred entry line in the next corner to complete the pass. I don’t think you really complete many passes in one corner. You have to put together two corners that are much better than them, first to get a run on them, work them up high on entry and take advantage of the spot.”

Fuel mileage strategy! “It’s probably a little tougher here than at other places because you don’t stop a lot and don’t get a lot of fuel-mileage reads to develop a good average. We’ve got some historical stuff, but it’s never the same as what you have now. We’ve made changes this year with the ethanol and other things that have tweaked our mileage. You need to be able to get good fuel reads to be aggressive on that last run. It’s really tough when you only have maybe one or two reads to go off of where a track like Pocono, you have more fuel runs there to get a good average.”





Trivia Question Answer: Jeff Burton led all 300 laps of the 2000 Dura Lube 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (9/17/00). It was the last time a driver has led every lap in a Sprint Cup event. However, it’s happened three times in NASCAR’s touring divisions since 2000, all in the Nationwide Series:

2002 – Jeff Burton led all 147 laps in the darlingtonracing.com 200 at Darlington (3/16/02) 2003 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. led all 100 laps of the Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona (7/4/03) 2011 – Kyle Busch led all 200 laps of the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix (2/26/11)

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Brad Keselowski Claims Nationwide Loudon 200 Pole



Keselowski’s 1st NNS pole in 2011
Pit selection key for Keselowski
Harvick, Logano start 2nd & 3rd



Keselowski, Harvick start on front row at New Hampshire International Speedway


With a lap time of 29.438 seconds at an average speed of 129.384 mph in the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge, Brad Keselowski claimed the pole for the New England 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday. Kevin Harvick will start his No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet alongside Keselowski on the front row after posting a qualifying time of 29.522 seconds.


“Our cars are pretty equal,” Keselowski said of his No. 22 and Harvick’s No. 33.

Joey Logano will start his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the second row from the third position after a running a 29.549-second lap in qualifying. Logano will be joined on the second row by Aric Almirola in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, who will start fourth after posting a lap time of 29.711 seconds.

After a qualifying lap of 29.724 seconds in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Kyle Busch will start fifth.

Although Keselowski posted his fastest time on his second lap, that lap wasn’t exactly flawless. He scraped the wall slightly coming to the checkered flag of his qualifying run.

“That just means we’re going for all of it,” Keselowski said right after making his run.

Keselowski was one of 14 drivers to claim the provision pole throughout the morning before he was awarded the actual top starting spot at the conclusion of qualifying. Even so, he still had to watch several cars make qualifying runs after he made his before he could breathe easy and be sure that he would be on the pole come Saturday afternoon.

After making his qualifying attempt, Keselowski said that we wasn’t going to “count his chickens before they hatched,” even though he felt good about his fast lap.

The lap held up for top starting spot for the driver of the No. 22 car, as Reed Sorenson, the last driver out in qualifying in the No. 32 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet, was only sixth-fastest with a lap time 29.725 seconds.

The pole is the first in NNS competition for Keselowski in 2011. According to Keselowski, a pole in the Nationwide race at New Hampshire is important because of the short length of the race.

“More importantly than anything is pit selection,” Keselowski said.

According to him, that pit selection will enable him to keep good track position throughout the race.

Forty-two cars made qualifying attempts on Saturday morning. All cars entered will race in the New England 200 on Saturday afternoon, and the starting grid will be one car short of a full field.


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