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Records
Date Series Driver Speed


4/17/77 Sprint Cup Race Cale Yarborough 101.00
3/23/03 Sprint Cup Qualifying Ryan Newman 128.709
8/22/08 Nationwide Race Brad Keselowski 94.00
3/27/04 Nationwide Qualifying Greg Biffle 127.132
8/20/03 Camping World Truck Race Travis Kvapil 89.00
8/25/04 Camping World Truck Qualifying Ken Schrader 126.922



Track Facts
Bristol Motor Speedway

Location: Bristol, TN
Banking/Turns: Oval
Distance: 0.53 miles
Shape: Oval


Sprint Cup Nationwide Camping World Truck
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse


8/18/10 O'Reilly 200 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota $469,279
8/19/09 O'Reilly 200 Ryan Newman Kyle Busch Toyota $494,360
8/20/08 O'Reilly 200 presented by Camping World Scott Speed Kyle Busch Toyota $516,479
8/22/07 O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 Travis Kvapil Johnny Benson Toyota $509,074
 

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O'Reilly 200
Bristol Motor Speedway


What: Race 16 of 25 on Camping World Truck circuit
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN
When: WEDNESDAY August 24, 2011 8:16 pm EDT SPEED
Laps: 200
Track Length: 0.533 miles
Race Length: 107.00 miles




Food City 250
Bristol Motor Speedway


What: Race 25 of 34 on Nationwide circuit
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN

When: FRIDAY August 26, 2011 7:43 pm EDT ESPN
Laps: 250
Track Length: 0.533 miles
Race Length: 133.00 miles




Irwin Tools Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway


What: Race 24 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN
When: SATURDAY August 27, 2011 7:43 pm EDT ABC
Laps: 500
Track Length: 0.533 miles
Race Length: 267.00 miles
 

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Camping World Truck

Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

8/18/10 O'Reilly 200 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota $469,279
8/19/09 O'Reilly 200 Ryan Newman Kyle Busch Toyota $494,360
8/20/08 O'Reilly 200 presented by Camping World Scott Speed Kyle Busch Toyota $516,479
8/22/07 O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 Travis Kvapil Johnny Benson Toyota $509,074


Nationwide

Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

3/19/11 Scotts EZ Seed 300 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kyle Busch Toyota $1,271,723
8/20/10 Food City 250 Elliott Sadler Kyle Busch Toyota $1,423,380
3/20/10 Scotts Turf Builder 300 Brad Keselowski Justin Allgaier Dodge $1,488,515
3/21/09 Scotts Turf Builder 300 Brendan Gaughan Kevin Harvick Chevrolet $1,480,777
8/21/09 Food City 250 Brad Keselowski David Ragan Ford $1,415,642
8/22/08 Food City 250 Cale Gale Brad Keselowski Chevrolet $1,420,173
3/15/08 Sharpie Mini 300 Scott Wimmer Clint Bowyer Chevrolet $1,485,308
8/24/07 Food City 250 Jason Leffler Kasey Kahne Dodge $1,399,759
3/24/07 Sharpie Mini 300 Steve Wallace Carl Edwards Ford $1,464,894


Sprint Cup

Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

3/20/11 Jeff Byrd 500 presented by Food City Carl Edwards Kyle Busch Toyota $5,439,768
3/21/10 Food City 500 Joey Logano Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,506,217
8/21/10 Irwin Tools Night Race Jimmie Johnson Kyle Busch Toyota $6,171,126
3/22/09 Food City 500 Mark Martin Kyle Busch Toyota $5,700,744
8/22/09 Sharpie 500 Mark Martin Kyle Busch Toyota $6,358,952
3/16/08 Food City 500 Jimmie Johnson Jeff Burton Chevrolet $5,661,265
8/23/08 Sharpie 500 Carl Edwards Carl Edwards Ford $6,311,169
3/25/07 Food City 500 Jeff Gordon Kyle Busch Chevrolet $5,551,106
8/25/07 Sharpie 500 Kasey Kahne Carl Edwards Ford $6,182,147
 

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Kligerman replaces Keselowski for Bristol race
By NASCAR.COM
August 23, 2011 2:30 PM, EDT

Parker Kligerman will substitute for Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski in the organization's No. 22 Nationwide Series car this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, the team said Tuesday in a statement.

Keselowski, the reigning Nationwide Series champion, has been held out of Nationwide events since fracturing an ankle and straining his back Aug. 3 in a crash while testing at Road Atlanta. The driver's brakes failed and he hit an unprotected wall at more than 100 mph, and was later airlifted to an area hospital. He is ineligible for this year's title due to the NASCAR rule allowing drivers to accumulate championship points in only one series.

Keselowski, whose two Sprint Cup victories make him a leader for one of the two Chase wild-card berths, has focused exclusively on NASCAR's premier series since the accident. Sam Hornish Jr. filled in for the Nationwide event at Iowa, Kurt Busch substituted and won the race at Watkins Glen, and Jacques Villeneuve piloted the vehicle this past weekend in Montreal.

Bristol will mark the first Nationwide start this season for Kligerman, who is competing full-time on the Camping World Truck circuit. Penske president Tim Cindric said Keselowski's availability for Nationwide events will continue to be monitored on a race-by-race basis.
 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – NSCS Race Advance – Bristol
Published on August 23, 2011 by Official Release

Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes

NSCS Race Advance

Irwin Tools Night Race

Bristol Motor Speedway

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011


DODGE NEWS AND NOTES

. Both Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski are in the top 12 in the Sprint Cup driver point standings for the first time this season. Busch is currently eighth and Keselowski has moved up to 12th.

. Dodge’s Kurt Busch is the only Sprint Cup Series driver who has been in the top-10 in the driver point standings all 23 races this season. He posted his first Sprint Cup victory at Bristol in 2002.

. A Penske Dodge has finished first, second or third in six of the last 11 Cup races and inside the top 10 in nine of the last 11 races.

DODGE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

. Dodge has six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Bristol: David Pearson, Bobby Allison (2), Richard Petty (2) and Kurt Busch.

. Dodge has earned eight poles at BMS: Bobby Isaac, Neil Bonnett, Ryan Newman (2), Kasey Kahne, David Pearson, Richard Petty and Kurt Busch.

. Dodge holds the BMS track qualifying record, set by Ryan Newman in 2003 (14.908 seconds at 128.709 mph).

KESELOWSKI RED HOT

. Brad Keselowski has gained 11 positions in the Sprint Cup driver standings in the last four races. He has posted four consecutive top-10 finishes. He has led laps in five of the last seven races. He has only two finishes outside the top 10 in the last eight races.

THE DODGE BOYS

. Dodge has 210 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

. Dodge’s most recent win came at Pocono Raceway on August 8. Brad Keselowski led 19 of the 200 laps en route to victory. The victory was the third for Dodge in 2011.

. Dodge teams have posted 50 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.

2011 DODGE SPRINT CUP REWIND

. Race 1: Kurt Busch wins the Bud Shootout and a Gatorade Duel during Speedweeks.

. Races 12-15: Dodge earns four consecutive poles.

. Race 13: Keselowski wins Kansas; first Dodge win of the season.

. Race 16: Busch dominates at Infineon for first win of season and first road-course victory of his career.

. Race 21: Keselowski, racing with a broken left ankle, earns his second win of the season at Pocono Raceway.

. Race 23: Keselowski up to 12th in Cup Series driver points.

FROM THE ENGINEER “If you’re a driver that likes Bristol, this will be a good week. If you’re a driver that dislikes Bristol, this will likely be a bad week. If you’re an engineer in the Sprint Cup Series, this will be, literally as well as figuratively, a stressful week. Bristol is one of the toughest places in all of racing on components, especially chassis components. You might think engines, transmissions, and rear axles would be at risk for failure here, but actually, they all seem to hold up well. Its suspension components that take the worst beating at this half-mile suspension torture chamber. Drivers sail off into the 30-degree banked corners at speeds in excess of 140 mph and the stress load transmitted through every component in the suspension is mind blowing. Parts like control arms, ball joints, and chassis mounts better be engineered to take a beating this week or you’ll be looking at an early exit from Bristol.” Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

ODDS AND ENDS

. Brad Keselowski has set Sprint Cup personal bests this season in wins (2), top fives (5) and top 10s (8).

. With his win at Infineon last June, Kurt Busch has now posted a win in Sprint Cup competition 10 consecutive seasons. He has 23 career victories.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

. Kurt Busch is one of three current Sprint Cup drivers with five wins at Bristol Motor Speedway (Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch).

. The first Sprint Cup race at BMS was July 30, 1961.

2011 SPRINT CUP SERIES SEASON BEST . Kurt Busch Start: 1st (Kansas, Pocono & Michigan) Finish: 1st (Infineon) . Brad Keselowski Start: 1st (Charlotte) Finish: 1st (Kansas & Pocono) . Robby Gordon Start: 30th (Daytona) Finish: 16th (Daytona)

DODGE QUOTES “That win in the spring race of 2002 was memorable because we were racing our big nemesis (Jimmy Spencer) so close back then. It came down to me and him. He led with about 50 laps to go. We got a little physical, but that’s to be expected at Bristol. We got the lead and went on to win the race, with Jimmy finishing second. There’s been a lot of volleying back and forth during the years since our battles back then, but I’ve publicly said that our issues have made me a stronger person and a better driver. I really do consider him a friend these days.” Kurt Busch, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

“This just might be the strongest car we have in the ‘Double-Deuce’ stable. We completely reworked it heading into this season. It was pretty responsive back in February out in Phoenix. It was actually our backup at Pocono in June. We had to roll it off the trailer and Kurt drove the wheels off of it, winning the pole and finishing second. We have a lot of confidence in this Shell-Pennzoil Dodge and can’t wait to see how strong we can be with it at Bristol this weekend.” Steve Addington, crew chief, No. 22 Dodge, on chassis PRS-738 running this weekend at Bristol

“Bristol is one of those tracks where you always have to be mindful of your pace, where you are on the track and who you are around. But you also have to be looking forward so that you can avoid that wreck that happens half of a straightaway in front of you. Short track racing and restrictor-plate racing are very similar in that you can get caught up in a wreck that you had nothing to do with.” Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T

“As a crew chief you look forward to going to Bristol because you don’t have to worry about aerodynamics or ‘dirty air.’ It’s all about finding mechanical grip and forward bite. If you can do that your driver can be successful. Track position will be important. Running up front should keep you out of trouble and in position for a good finish. Brad loves Bristol and his record reflects that. I’m confident we can go up there and contend for the win. I like where we are in the ‘wild card’ standings, but we’re not out of contention to get ourselves inside the top-10. That’s definitely a goal of ours, but we can’t be overly aggressive in trying to get there.” Paul Wolfe, crew chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T
 

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Dodge Motorsports Presents, THE NUMBERS for the IRWIN Tools Night Race

Posted By Press Release On August 23, 2011 Releases,Sprint Cup Series |


Dodge Motorsports
THE NUMBERS for the IRWIN Tools Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway


0 – fewest cautions for a race at Bristol Motor Speedway (7/11/71)

0 – fewest lead changes for a race (3/25/73)

1 – fewest laps led by race winner (7/26/64 – Fred Lorenzen)

4 – number of jet dryers available for track drying during race weekend

7 – number of consecutive wins by Darrell Waltrip at BMS (1981 – 1984)

16 – most wins by a car owner (Junior Johnson)

20 – most cautions for a race at BMS (three times, most recent 8/23/03)

34 – races won from the front row (22 from the pole)

38 – different winners at BMS in 101 Sprint Cup [2] races

40 – most lead changes (4/14/91)

42 – number of cars that started first race at Bristol in 1961

60 – minutes, the minimum amount of time it takes to dry the .533-mile track after a significant rainfall

157,574 – number of fans that established the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest audience wave at BMS (August 23, 2008)

2011 Caution Update

4 – fewest cautions this season (Fontana and Pocono1)

6 – number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011

10 – number of cautions in spring race (March 20) at BMS

16 – most cautions this season (Daytona)

167 – number of cautions in the first 23 races of 2011; includes 77 for accidents, 40 for debris and 24 for spins

774 of 6,251 – number of laps under caution in 2011

1,143.611 of 9,166,258 – miles under caution in the first 23 races

- Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports, Press Release
 

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NNS Race Advance

Food City 250 Bristol Motor Speedway

Friday, Aug. 26, 2011


BRAD KESELOWSKI UPDATE Dodge’s Brad Keselowski will not compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. He continues to receive treatment for injuries, including a broken left ankle, sustained during a testing accident at Road America. Drivers filling in for the 2010 Nationwide Series champion the last three weeks include Sam Hornish Jr. at Iowa, Kurt Busch at Watkins Glen and Jacques Villeneuve at Montreal. Parker Kligerman will drive the No. 22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

DODGE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY . Dodge has three NASCAR Nationwide Series wins at Bristol Motor Speedway (Ryan Newman – 2005, Kasey Kahne – 2007 and Justin Allgaier – 2010). . Dodge’s last NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at the .533-mile track was at the spring event in 2010. Former Dodge driver Justin Allgaier earned his first career series win, leading 27 laps en route to victory. . Dodge’s Brad Keselowski earned Dodge its last NASCAR Nationwide Series pole position at BMS at the spring event in 2010.

PARKER KLIGERMAN – No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T Career Stats: Starts: 14 Wins: 0 Top Fives: 0 Top 10s: 2 Poles: 1 Laps Led: 7 Average Start: 17.5 Average Finish: 21.5

PARKER KLIGERMAN AT BRISTOL . Parker Kligerman will be making his second career NASCAR Nationwide start at BMS; he started 43rd and finished ninth in last year’s Food City 250.

FAST FACTS . Four former series champions have driven the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger this year. Brad Keselowski (2010 Nationwide champion), Kurt Busch (2004 Sprint Cup champion), Sam Hornish Jr. (2001 Indy Car champion) and Jacques Villeneuve (1997 F1 champion).

DID YOU KNOW? . Two Dodges from Penske Racing started from the front row in last week’s Nationwide Series race at Montreal. Jacques Villeneuve claimed his first Nationwide pole in the No. 22 Dodge Challenger and teammate Alex Tagliani started second in the No. 12 Dodge Challenger.

DODGE IN THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES . Dodge is fielding two entries in the Nationwide Series this year from the Penske Racing stable. Sam Hornish Jr. joins teammate Brad Keselowski for a limited race schedule.

FROM THE CREW CHIEF . “Racing 750 miles at Bristol (the combined total of the Cup and Nationwide Series races this weekend) is hard on someone that isn’t injured the way Brad is and we all want him to get back to 100% as quickly as possible. We’re all pulling together to make sure we don’t miss a beat in his absence. Parker has already done a great job helping set up the Discount Tire Dodges several times this year when Brad couldn’t make it to practice, including Indianapolis where Brad was able to drive the car to victory. Parker has made a lot of strides as a driver. He had a great race at Bristol last year and I’m excited to work with him. Todd Gordon, crew chief, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge

FROM THE DRIVER “Make no mistake, this is Brad Keselowski’s seat, but it is a big opportunity for me. It’s not often that drivers get the opportunity to jump into a championship-winning car. Therefore, I look forward to representing Discount Tire as best I can this weekend. Our last race together was Daytona last July and we hope to replicate the success that we had together there (Kligerman qualified second and finished 13th). Bristol is where I got my first top-10 in the Nationwide Series and I think with (crew chief) Todd Gordon and the guys building fast race cars, we can produce similar results. I appreciate Mr. Penske, Brad and everyone at Penske Racing for having the confidence in me to drive the Discount Tire Dodge Challenger at one of my favorite tracks.” Parker Kligerman, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T
 

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NASCAR Results
Last Updated: Thursday, Aug 25, 2011 1:18 am, EDT
O'Reilly 200
Status: Final Bristol Motor Speedway



Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings

1 Kevin Harvick (2) Chevrolet 48/5 200 103 $29,225
2 Johnny Sauter (13) Chevrolet 42/0 200 0 $26,075
3 Todd Bodine (5) Toyota 41/0 200 0 $20,225
4 James Buescher (31) Chevrolet 40/0 200 0 $16,775
5 Timothy Peters (17) Toyota 39/0 200 0 $13,825
6 Joey Coulter (22) Chevrolet 38/0 200 0 $12,250
7 Justin Lofton (6) Toyota 37/0 200 0 $12,100
8 Nelson Piquet Jr. (8) Chevrolet 36/0 200 0 $11,050
9 Elliott Sadler (124) Chevrolet 36/1 200 53 $10,950
10 Parker Kligerman (29) Dodge 34/0 200 0 $14,375
11 David Starr (81) Toyota 33/0 200 0 $10,900
12 Cole Whitt (60) Chevrolet 32/0 200 0 $10,750
13 David Mayhew (119) Chevrolet 0/0 200 0 $8,450
14 Clay Rogers (92) Chevrolet 30/0 200 0 $10,650
15 Johanna Long (20) Toyota 29/0 200 0 $11,900
16 Jason White (23) Chevrolet 29/1 199 44 $10,500
17 Josh Richards (151) Toyota 27/0 199 0 $8,195
18 Blake Feese (32) Chevrolet 26/0 199 0 $10,375
19 Ross Chastain (66) Chevrolet 25/0 199 0 $10,325
20 Brendan Gaughan (62) Toyota 24/0 198 0 $11,000
21 Matt Crafton (88) Chevrolet 23/0 198 0 $10,225
22 Bryan Silas (109) Ford 22/0 198 0 $7,950
23 Austin Dillon (3) Chevrolet 21/0 197 0 $10,175
24 Ron Hornaday Jr. (33) Chevrolet 20/0 197 0 $8,900
25 Ryan Sieg (39) Chevrolet 19/0 192 0 $9,000
26 Max Papis (9) Toyota 18/0 192 0 $7,800
27 Brian Johnson Jr. (73) Chevrolet 17/0 178 0 $8,125
28 Jeff Agnew (170) Chevrolet 16/0 170 0 $7,750
29 Ricky Carmichael (4) Chevrolet 15/0 161 0 $7,700
30 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 14/0 100 0 $8,175
31 Miguel Paludo (7) Toyota 13/0 90 0 $7,240
32 John King (07) Toyota 12/0 62 0 $7,175
33 Jake Crum (101) Chevrolet 11/0 61 0 $7,150
34 Chris Jones (87) Chevrolet 10/0 54 0 $7,125
35 Mike Garvey (93) Chevrolet 9/0 4 0 $7,100
36 Brent Raymer (165) Chevrolet 8/0 3 0 $7,064
 

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Kurt Busch trying to win Sprint Cup for his main ‘Dude’ Penske
Thursday, August 25, 2011 | Home - BostonHerald.com | Auto Racing



DALLAS — Kurt Busch remembers the day he met Roger Penske for the first time.

It was at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Busch had just finished fourth in the Harrah’s 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He was 22, a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup driver for the first time. It was his first top-5 finish. He was on top of the world.

What Penske had to say to him only topped off the day.

"He saw me, said, ’Son, I’m going to keep my eye on you,’." Busch said. "From that moment, there was just that special vibe I had with Roger Penske."

Somehow, that vibe has survived this long.

Busch is famous for his quick temper. Penske is famous for his professionalism. But their two styles have co-existed since 2006, when Penske hired the Las Vegas driver in a move that many people thought would speed Busch’s maturity.

Well, it was a theory, anyway.

In 2009, a testy radio exchange between the two ended with Busch’s "Dude" sign-off: "Oh, 10-4, dude. 10-4."

Penske laughed it off. Everybody in the shop called him Dude the rest of the year.

And he and Busch have remained together, through all sorts of ups and downs. Right now, it’s the downs. Busch, who was in Dallas on Tuesday night for the party announcing the 2012 Texas Motor Speedway schedule, is coming off a pair of DNFs that knocked him from third to eighth in driver points.

He’s still in good shape for a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

"We’re in the mix. We’re comfortable," he said. "But we still need to run strong."

Busch still needs to clinch a spot to give himself a chance to deliver a Sprint Cup championship to Penske, who has sent a record 11 cars to Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500 and won a record 11 8IndyCar championships but has not yet fielded a title team in NASCAR.

"It’s the main reason why I came over to Penske Racing," Busch said, "to try to bring him that first championship. It’d be my second one, but most importantly, it’d be his first."

Busch, 33, said Penske is a father figure to him. He had respect for him at the meeting in the airport 10 years ago, and he does today. The "dude" thing was just a moment.

"I went over to him, and I was just in awe," Busch said, remembering that first meeting. "But I had to shake his hand, congratulate him on all of his successes. At the same time, it was more like a job interview."

And here he is, still on the job.
 

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Danica Patrick announces move to NASCAR

08/25/2011




Danica Patrick confirmed today her plans to become a full-time NASCAR driver in 2012, but she made no commitment to next year's Indianapolis 500.

Patrick said she will see how her stock car schedule comes together before making that decision.

Her current Izod IndyCar Series team, Andretti Autosport, released a statement during Patrick's news conference in Phoenix saying the driver and team had mutually agreed to part ways after the current season.

Patrick will drive for JR Motorsports full-time in NASCAR's Nationwide Series next season; she also will run "eight to 10" Sprint Cup Series races with Stewart-Haas Racing, which is owned by former IndyCar driver Tony Stewart.

Patrick, who has made 20 Nationwide starts in the past two seasons, will continue to drive the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet; a car number for Sprint Cup hasn't been decided. Robby Gordon's team uses that number presently.

Patrick is expected to make her Sprint Cup debut in next year's Daytona 500, although that has not been settled, she said.



Patrick, 29, is the only woman to have won an IndyCar race, but she said her heart told her it's time to try NASCAR full-time.

"I want to do it," she said.

IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard acknowledged Patrick's powerful fan appeal and her ability to bring new interest to open-wheel racing.

"Danica attracted a fan base that every athlete and sports property in the world would love to have," Bernard said in a statement. "We should give her a great farewell the rest of this season as she opens a new page in her career and wish her continued success with her new direction. "

 

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Kurt Busch Opted Out Of Bristol Nationwide Race To Focus On Sprint Cup

Aug 26

Two weeks ago at Watkins Glen, Kurt Busch stepped in the Penske Racing Nationwide Series car for injured teammate Brad Keselowski and went to Victory Lane in his first series start of the season.

Presented with the opportunity yet again this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, Busch turned down the offer to focus his attention entirely on his Sprint Cup Series program as the Chase approaches.

Since Busch scored his first victory of the season at Infineon Raceway, he has backslid from fourth in points to eighth with two races left before the Chase. With two DNFs in the last two races, Busch looked at the chance to race Friday night and decided to pass.

"I thought the best opportunity for us to get our Cup program where it needed to be was to focus just 100 percent on it," he said.

Among the areas Busch feels his team has to focus over the next few weeks include making adjustments throughout the race, having strong pit strategy and solid pit stops.

In turning down the opportunity to race, Busch made a decision few in the Sprint Cup ranks make and also reflected on the meaning of the Nationwide Series.

"It made me think what the Nationwide Series is about, and that's a development program, a development series for people to work their way on up to Cup," he said, adding sometimes filling in for an injured driver "can make your career happen in a big way."

"It's an opportunity for a young driver to try and make a name for himself and have a good run this weekend," Busch said. "The attention will be on him because that is a championship car, and has had a lot of big names in it this year."


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NASCAR Qualifying
Last Updated: Friday, Aug 26, 2011 6:43 pm, EDT
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Field Set Bristol Motor Speedway




Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed

1 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 122.811
2 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 122.670
3 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 122.662
4 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 122.576
5 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 122.544
6 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 122.537
7 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 122.404
8 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 122.349
9 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 122.310
10 Kurt Busch (22) Dodge 122.224
11 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 122.100
12 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 122.053
13 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 122.022
14 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 122.022
15 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 122.007
16 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 122.007
17 David Gilliland (34) Ford 121.937
18 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 121.921
19 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 121.790
20 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 121.751
21 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 121.713
22 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 121.635
23 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 121.558
24 David Ragan (6) Ford 121.543
25 Kasey Kahne (4) Toyota 121.497
26 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota 121.290
27 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 121.274
28 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 121.175
29 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 121.144
30 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 121.113
31 David Stremme (30) Chevrolet 120.869
32 Michael McDowell (66) Toyota 120.839
33 Travis Kvapil (38) Ford 120.725
34 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 120.672
35 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 120.452
36 Scott Speed (46) Ford 120.308
37 David Starr (195) Ford 120.150
38 Andy Lally (71) Ford 119.835
39 Robby Gordon (7) Dodge 119.835
40 Mike Bliss (51) Chevrolet 119.559
41 Terry Labonte (32) Ford 117.674
42 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 116.397
43 Mike Skinner (60) Toyota 119.262
44 T.J. Bell (150) DNQ 119.158
45 J.J. Yeley (55) DNQ 119.062
46 Jeff Green (37) DNQ 117.703
 

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Last Updated: Friday, Aug 26, 2011 9:36 pm, EDT
Food City 250
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Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress


1 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 48/5 250 186 $46,575 Chart
Busch wins Bristol for 50th Nationwide victory

2 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 43/1 250 12 $31,600 Chart
3 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 42/1 250 52 $27,025 Chart
4 Carl Edwards (60) Ford 40/0 250 0 $25,000 Chart
5 Aric Almirola (88) Chevrolet 39/0 250 0 $29,918 Chart
6 Michael Annett (62) Toyota 38/0 250 0 $27,868 Chart
7 Jason Leffler (30) Chevrolet 37/0 250 0 $25,078 Chart
8 Elliott Sadler (2) Chevrolet 36/0 250 0 $24,938 Chart
9 Parker Kligerman (22) Dodge 35/0 250 0 $25,218 Chart
10 Brian Scott (11) Toyota 34/0 250 0 $25,518 Chart
11 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) Ford 33/0 250 0 $24,843 Chart
12 Reed Sorenson (32) Chevrolet 32/0 250 0 $24,143 Chart
13 Trevor Bayne (16) Ford 31/0 250 0 $24,493 Chart
14 Steve Wallace (66) Toyota 30/0 250 0 $23,978 Chart
15 Justin Allgaier (31) Chevrolet 29/0 250 0 $24,558 Chart
16 Josh Wise (7) Chevrolet 28/0 249 0 $24,398 Chart
17 David Stremme (70) Chevrolet 27/0 249 0 $25,353 Chart
18 Mike Bliss (19) Chevrolet 26/0 249 0 $24,558 Chart
19 Kasey Kahne (38) Chevrolet 25/0 248 0 $17,305 Chart
20 David Reutimann (164) Toyota 24/0 248 0 $17,990 Chart
21 Joe Nemechek (97) Toyota 23/0 247 0 $17,200 Chart
22 Timmy Hill (15) Ford 22/0 247 0 $24,623 Chart
23 Blake Koch (81) Dodge 21/0 247 0 $24,163 Chart
24 Scott Wimmer (40) Chevrolet 20/0 246 0 $17,060 Chart
25 Derrike Cope (28) Chevrolet 19/0 246 0 $24,093 Chart
26 Mike Wallace (01) Chevrolet 18/0 245 0 $23,403 Chart
27 Eric McClure (14) Chevrolet 17/0 245 0 $23,743 Chart
28 Benny Gordon (104) Ford 16/0 244 0 $16,805 Chart
29 Kevin Conway (87) Toyota 15/0 243 0 $23,238 Chart
30 Fain Skinner (39) Ford 14/0 242 0 $23,493 Chart
31 Kevin Lepage (52) Chevrolet 13/0 241 0 $16,685 Chart
32 Jeremy Clements (51) Chevrolet 12/0 219 0 $23,083 Chart
33 David Starr (05) Chevrolet 11/0 187 0 $16,595 Chart
34 Morgan Shepherd (89) Chevrolet 10/0 161 0 $23,043 Chart
35 Dennis Setzer (23) Chevrolet 9/0 137 0 $23,028 Chart
36 Kenny Wallace (09) Toyota 8/0 136 0 $23,008 Chart
37 Scott Riggs (103) Chevrolet 7/0 19 0 $16,520 Chart
38 Mark Green (49) Chevrolet 6/0 11 0 $16,480 Chart
39 Tim Andrews (142) Chevrolet 5/0 11 0 $16,455 Chart
40 Chase Miller (146) Chevrolet 4/0 7 0 $16,430 Chart
41 Matt Carter (171) Ford 3/0 7 0 $16,405 Chart
42 Brian Keselowski (147) Chevrolet 2/0 6 0 $16,375 Chart
43 Jeff Green (44) Chevrolet 1/0 4 0 $16,330 Chart
 

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Dodge Motorsports, 2011 NSCS IRWIN Tools Night Race Post-Qualifying Recaps

Posted By Press Release On August 26, 2011 Press Releases,Sprint Cup Series



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BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 8th
“Anytime you can start in the top 10 at Bristol, that’s a good place to be and think you can have a shot at winning the race from there. We’ve got a good Dodge Charger. We’re pretty good in race trim. We went back-and-forth on a few things; so we’ll see how everything works out Saturday night.”

KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 10th
“The track really changed with the overcast conditions. There was actually a few drops (rain) falling when we went out. When we were practicing, it was hot and slick with a lot of rubber on the race track. We were tight in qualifying practice and ended up loose for qualifying. The pole is a 62 and we’re at a 69, it’s that close. When you know you can’t quite go for full throttle, you know somebody else already did and is going to beat you. We were a little on the loose side.

“In the race, we’re going to need the cooler conditions like this because we were tight at the apex in race conditions, but overall, we’re not too far off.”

ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 39th
“To be in this position (having to qualify on speed) is nerve wrecking, but I’m going to come back on the other side and say for us, we need to figure out how to run better, period. No ifs, ands or buts about it. If we continue to do the same thing we do every week, we’re going to have the same results. I made a lot of changes at the shop last week and we’re going to continue to make changes because we have to run better. We’re happy we have the SPEED Energy Dodge in the show.”
 

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Penske has 2-car, 3-driver plan in Nationwide


BRISTOL, Tenn. – Roger Penske said Saturday he hopes to field two full-time Nationwide programs in 2012, including one for former IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 champion Sam Hornish Jr.

The founder and head man at Penske Racing has previously expressed interest in running a full 2012 schedule with Hornish. Now Penske would like to run a second Nationwide team and split the driving duties between Brad Keselowski and Parker Kligerman, who currently drives a truck for Brad Keselowski Racing.

“Parker has done a real good job us and running the Truck this year for Brad,” Penske said. “Our goal next year is to run two Nationwide cars, with Parker picking up the races Brad doesn’t run. And he will probably continue on with the Truck and Sam running a full season.”

Kligerman, 21, filled in for Keselowski in Friday night’s Nationwide race at Bristol and finished ninth. He is currently eighth in the Truck series standings.


 

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NASCAR Results
Last Updated: Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 1:15 am, EDT
Irwin Tools Night Race
Status: Final Bristol Motor Speedway




Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress

1 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 47/4 500 89 $291,883 Chart



2 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 43/1 500 5 $223,550 Chart
3 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 43/2 500 206 $202,986 Chart
4 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 41/1 500 76 $186,161 Chart
5 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 40/1 500 2 $158,064 Chart
6 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 39/1 500 110 $158,861 Chart
7 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 37/0 500 0 $154,250 Chart
8 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 37/1 500 4 $157,600 Chart
9 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 35/0 500 0 $148,841 Chart
10 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 34/0 500 0 $134,941 Chart
11 Kasey Kahne (4) Toyota 33/0 500 0 $126,233 Chart
12 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 32/0 500 0 $138,411 Chart
13 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 32/1 500 2 $109,475 Chart
14 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 31/1 500 4 $143,666 Chart
15 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 29/0 500 0 $112,250 Chart
16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 28/0 500 0 $106,150 Chart
17 Kurt Busch (22) Dodge 27/0 500 0 $139,025 Chart
18 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 26/0 500 0 $123,270 Chart
19 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 25/0 500 0 $133,833 Chart
20 David Ragan (6) Ford 24/0 500 0 $105,275 Chart
21 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota 23/0 499 0 $122,214 Chart
22 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 22/0 499 0 $140,786 Chart
23 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 21/0 499 0 $94,725 Chart
24 David Gilliland (34) Ford 20/0 498 0 $107,608 Chart
25 Andy Lally (71) Ford 19/0 498 0 $102,500 Chart
26 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 18/0 498 0 $132,608 Chart
27 David Starr (195) Ford 18/1 497 2 $87,930 Chart
28 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 16/0 497 0 $137,828 Chart
29 Mike Bliss (51) Chevrolet 15/0 497 0 $102,968 Chart
30 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 14/0 496 0 $98,675 Chart
31 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 13/0 496 0 $105,065 Chart
32 David Stremme (30) Chevrolet 12/0 494 0 $87,955 Chart
33 Terry Labonte (32) Ford 11/0 494 0 $99,842 Chart
34 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 10/0 471 0 $113,055 Chart
35 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 9/0 457 0 $86,575 Chart
36 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 8/0 430 0 $114,373 Chart
37 Travis Kvapil (38) Ford 7/0 371 0 $86,330 Chart
38 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 6/0 363 0 $94,220 Chart
39 Michael McDowell (66) Toyota 5/0 49 0 $86,110 Chart
40 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 4/0 42 0 $85,975 Chart
41 Mike Skinner (60) Toyota 3/0 28 0 $85,750 Chart
42 Scott Speed (46) Ford 2/0 28 0 $85,635 Chart
43 Robby Gordon (7) Dodge 1/0 10 0 $85,960 Chart
 

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Standings
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Season


Rank (+/-) Drivers Total Pts Behind Starts Poles Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF Winnings

1 - Kyle Busch 830 Leader 24 2 4 13 15 3 $4,622,372
2 - Jimmie Johnson 830 Leader 24 1 1 10 16 1 $4,282,327
3 +2 Matt Kenseth 798 32 24 1 2 7 13 2 $4,300,302
4 - Carl Edwards 795 35 24 2 1 10 15 0 $6,143,447
5 -2 Kevin Harvick 782 48 24 0 3 6 11 1 $4,290,837
6 - Jeff Gordon 782 48 24 1 2 8 12 2 $4,075,102
7 - Ryan Newman 762 68 24 2 1 8 12 0 $3,776,448
8 - Kurt Busch 749 81 24 3 1 5 12 2 $4,262,401
9 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. 728 102 24 1 0 3 9 2 $2,974,813
10 - Tony Stewart 710 120 24 0 0 2 9 1 $3,824,050

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wc 11 +1 Brad Keselowski 689 141 24 1 3 6 9 1 $3,560,648
12 -1 Clint Bowyer 688 142 24 0 0 3 9 4 $3,911,155
wc 13 +1 Denny Hamlin 672 158 24 0 1 4 8 2 $3,830,893
14 +1 A J Allmendinger 664 166 24 0 0 1 5 1 $3,315,957
15 +2 Kasey Kahne 656 174 24 1 0 3 8 2 $3,086,912
16 -3 Greg Biffle 649 181 24 1 0 1 7 1 $2,991,028
17 +4 Martin Truex Jr. 645 185 24 0 0 2 8 3 $2,735,388
18 +1 Joey Logano 642 188 24 2 0 4 6 1 $2,800,363
19 -3 Mark Martin 633 197 24 1 0 2 7 3 $2,741,908
20 -2 Paul Menard 631 199 24 0 1 4 7 2 $2,769,213
21 -1 David Ragan 628 202 24 2 1 3 6 3 $3,078,438
22 +1 Marcos Ambrose 627 203 24 0 1 4 8 0 $3,342,022
23 -1 Juan Pablo Montoya 621 209 24 2 0 2 7 0 $3,581,105
24 - Jeff Burton 572 258 24 0 0 0 1 3 $2,573,201
25 - Regan Smith 552 278 24 0 1 2 4 2 $3,313,518
26 +1 Jamie McMurray 551 279 24 1 0 2 4 3 $3,413,349
27 +1 Brian Vickers 527 303 24 0 0 1 5 1 $2,949,884
28 -2 David Reutimann 525 305 24 0 0 1 2 2 $3,077,895
29 - Bobby Labonte 509 321 24 0 0 1 2 2 $3,268,888
30 - David Gilliland 422 408 24 0 0 1 2 4 $2,933,852
31 - Casey Mears 344 486 23 0 0 0 0 5 $1,913,858
32 - Dave Blaney 323 507 23 0 0 0 0 5 $2,217,934
33 - Andy Lally 306 524 21 0 0 0 0 1 $2,100,893
34 - Robby Gordon 224 606 18 0 0 0 0 7 $1,772,066
35 - Tony Raines 129 701 12 0 0 0 0 5 $932,125
36 - Bill Elliott 100 730 5 0 0 0 0 0 $663,887
37 +1 Terry Labonte 92 738 7 0 0 0 0 3 $882,627
38 -1 Ken Schrader 87 743 6 0 0 0 0 0 $516,432
39 +1 Michael McDowell 83 747 20 0 0 0 0 18 $1,559,705
40 -1 J.J. Yeley 81 749 19 0 0 0 0 18 $1,609,519
41 +1 David Stremme 49 781 10 0 0 0 0 8 $759,820
42 -1 Boris Said 38 792 2 0 0 0 0 0 $194,730
43 - Michael Waltrip 20 810 2 0 0 0 0 1 $396,213
44 - Andy Pilgrim 18 812 1 0 0 0 0 0 $78,475
45 - Chris Cook 17 813 1 0 0 0 0 0 $78,825
46 - T.J. Bell 14 816 4 0 0 0 0 4 $355,750
47 - Brian Simo 11 819 1 0 0 0 0 0 $74,470
48 - Geoffrey Bodine 6 824 1 0 0 0 0 1 $84,300
49 - Brian Keselowski 3 827 1 0 0 0 0 1 $297,338
50 -1 Erik Darnell 2 828 2 0 0 0 0 2 $133,615
51 +1 Steve Park 2 828 1 0 0 0 0 1 $78,855

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Keselowski grabs 3rd win of season at Bristol
Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.

Brad Keselowski was a long shot, at best, to race for the NASCAR championship this season.

Then he turned it up a notch and became a legitimate contender to make the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field.

Now, he's the hottest driver in NASCAR and is forcing everyone to consider him a serious threat to unseat five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson.

Keselowski picked up his third win of the season - second since breaking his ankle in an Aug. 3 crash - and took a huge step toward making the Chase.

"I don't know what more to say about Brad and the (Penske Racing) team," said four-time champion Jeff Gordon. "They're strong, and you put them in position at the end of the race, they're going to pull off the wins. They're, to me, as strong of a team out there right now."

It's an amazing turnaround for Keselowski and his No. 2 Penske Racing team.

He was ranked 21st in points four races ago, when his struggling team went to a test session to work on road course improvement. But Keselowski was in a nasty accident during that session that left him with a broken ankle.

It's hardly slowed him.

Since the accident, Keselowski won at Pocono, finished second at Watkins Glen, third at Michigan and now has the Bristol victory.

Although he's walked gingerly in the month since the crash, he hopped up and down in excitement as he climbed from his Dodge.

"An awesome car, an awesome team!" he yelled. "Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt won this race. It's a race of champions. There are races that pay more, that are races that might have a little more prestige, but this is the coolest damn one of them all."

But Keselowski regretted all the post-race celebratory jumps about an hour after the race.

"Stupid is as stupid does," he said. "Last 100 laps I was certainly starting to feel it. But you know, I don't think anybody wants to hear me whine. Every once in a while I do and they tell me just to shut up anyway, and it hasn't been very productive. It obviously has felt better. I wish I wouldn't have jumped off the damned car."

The win moved Keselowski up one more spot to 11th in the standings, and he's jumped 10 spots over the last four races. He's currently in position to claim the first wild card spot, and could clinch his berth next week at Atlanta by virtue of his three wins.

What's the secret of his turnaround?

"A team that just starts to click and believes in each other," Keselowski said. "We've just made good adjustments to our cars over the last few months. We made good adjustments to our car today and we find ourselves in Victory Lane. I can't believe it, I really can't."


Other Chase hopefuls didn't fare so well.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Stewart and Clint Bowyer began the race ranked ninth, 10th and 11th, but because none has a victory, they could get bumped out of the Chase depending on how the wild cards develop. Earnhardt wasn't a factor Saturday night and finished 16th, Bowyer struggled the entire race and was 26th and Stewart had a miserable weekend - he qualified last in the 43-car field, was quickly lapped and finished four laps down in 28th.

It was no better for Paul Menard, who could earn a wild card spot based on his victory at Indianapolis. But he struggled, ran into the back of Denny Hamlin as they tried to avoid an accident in front of them, and wound up 30th.

At the front of the field, Martin Truex Jr. finished second and Gordon was third despite leading a race-high 206 laps. Five-time defending NASCAR champion Johnson was fourth and was followed by Jamie McMurray and Kenseth, who led 110 laps.

Hamlin, clinging to one of the wild cards, rallied to finish seventh despite Menard running into the back of his car to cause serious damage. He jumped one spot in the standings to 13th and is currently holding the second wild card because of his one win this season.

"We did what we had to do," Hamlin said. "I wish I could race harder, but at this point we have to have solid finishes. If we just handle business the next couple weeks then we'll be OK."

Ryan Newman was eighth and was followed by Edwards and Marcos Ambrose.

Kyle Busch, who on Friday picked up his record 50th Nationwide Series victory and was looking for his third consecutive win at Bristol in the Cup race, finished 14th after bringing out the final caution of the race with 87 laps to go when a tire issue sent him into the wall.

The finish also cost him in the standings: Busch is now tied with Johnson for the Sprint Cup Series points lead.

"Kind of disappointing day," Busch said. "We just never could get the car to where it would feel like it had in the past."

 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NSCS Race Final - Bristol
August 28, 2011 , BRISTOL, Tenn.
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Bristol Motor Speedway
IRWIN TOOLS NIGHT RACE
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Sprint Cup Post-Race Quotes



BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Finished 1st
YOU HAD NEVER WON HERE BEFORE; WHAT TURNED IT AROUND? "An awesome race car. An awesome race team. Penske Racing. The night race at Bristol! This is the race that Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt win. It’s the race of champions. I can't believe it. There are races that pay more. There are races that might have a little more prestige, but this is the coolest damn one of them all. We won it!"

TALK ABOUT YOUR MONTH OF AUGUST; HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? "A team that just starts to click and believes in each other. I believed in Paul (Wolfe) since we started this year and we've just made good adjustments to our cars over the last few months. We made good adjustments to our car today and we find ourselves in victory lane. I can't believe it, I really can't.

"The first few pit stops of the day, we struggled a little bit, but that last stop my guys came through and got me out in front of the 24. We were able to pass Martin Truex and the next thing I know, we're in victory lane spraying Miller Lite. This is really cool."

PAUL WOLFE (Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T)
"I'm so proud of everyone on this team. To have three wins now in this season from where we started the year just shows all the hard work that everybody has been doing back at the shop. All these guys on the pit crew, we had the pit stop that counted tonight. They did their deal. Everybody is doing their part. We're building fast Miller Lite Dodge Chargers and I'm just really proud of everyone on this team."

KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Finished 17th
“It was just a difficult night for us all the way around. We were playing catch-up all race due to the two pit-road penalties (speeding). We finally made it up to 10th in the Shell/Pennzoil Dodge with less than 100 to go, but had our worst pit stop of the night under the last caution and lost six spots back to 16th. We went with an adjustment (wedge) that made it just too tight to advance. It wasn’t the night we expect to have at Bristol.”

(MEDIA CENTER INTERVIEW)

BRAD KESELOWSKI
TALK ABOUT WINNING TONIGHT AT BRISTOL? "What an honor to win at Bristol. We had a great car all night long. We were strong. During that first run, I knew that we had something for them. We kind of fell off a little bit after that first restart when Matt (Kenseth) and I got together. I was really concerned from there on because I thought that I did something to my car. We did some more adjustments on it and got it right. By the end of the race, we got up to the lead and the sky was the limit. I'm proud of the effort. Everybody just kept digging all night long. The last pit stop was good. The adjustments were good. I was driving my butt off and the next thing you know, I find myself in victory lane at Bristol."

HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO GET TO 10TH IN POINTS? "Who's 10th? Tony (Stewart)? Tony's pretty good at Atlanta and Richmond. Richmond, we really struggled there in the spring, so I'm really not sure what to expect going back. Twenty-one points is still a lot of points. You have to beat the guy by over 10 positions over the course of two races. Beating Tony Stewart by an average of 10 positions over two races, that's gonna be pretty tough to be honest. I'm just happy with what we've done here tonight. I hate to look too far ahead, but yes, having those points for three wins would be huge in the Chase. But I don't think that we've seen a Chase yet where that's mattered. Maybe this one will be different. Maybe we'll be kicking ourselves if we don't get into the top 10 and it comes down to Homestead and we lose by whatever points those are. There's no point of sitting and pouting about it. We're going to continue to do the best that we can."

SINCE YOU BROKE YOUR ANKLE, YOUR AVERAGE FINISHING POSITION IS 1.75. WITH THREE WINS AND ONE POSITIONS OUT, DO YOU GO FOR CONSISTENCY OR WINS NOW? "Hell, why don't we go for both? I like to consistently win. That's what this sport is all about. It's been good. This sport in its simplest form is just about winning. Why make it any more complicated than that? If you have cars that can win, go out there and win. If you don't, get the best finish that you can. I think if you look at Jimmie (Johnson) and the years that he's had success and won the championships, he wins races in the Chase. You've got to be able to do that. I'm sure that we can look at this a whole lot of different ways and coast into it, or however you want to look at it, or just take all those stupid risks to win a race. You just do the best that you can on any given week and your try to be smart about it, try not to over-think it and you'll have good weeks. As long as you have a good team, and we have a good team, I don't think that we need to over-think it."

PAUL WOLFE
TALK ABOUT YOUR STRATEGY FOR PIT STALL SELECTION? "Every week, everybody chooses their pit stalls based off of qualifying. You try to pick out stalls that you think can work out for you. It's all part of the race. I feel like we've been doing a good job putting together a whole weekend. It's not always about having fast race cars. It's about the guys having good stops. They had a fast stop there at the end when it counted. It got us to the front row and then we had a shot at it."

YOU GUYS ARE ARGUABLY THE HOTTEST TEAM IN NASCAR? "We kind of have things going for us right now. It's weird because it's not really doing anything different. It's been a lot of small things over the last couple of months, just starting to add up. We've got fast race cars. The driver is doing his part. The pit crew is doing its part and we’re making good calls on pit road and adjustments. The biggest thing for me, being in the Cup Series, is that these races are a lot longer than the Nationwide races that I'm use to. You have to be able to adjust on your car as the track changes because as the race goes on, everyone gets better. I feel like as a team we've done a good job adjusting on our cars and making them have adjustability in them. We continue to bring good race cars to the race track every week, something that Brad can race out there and do his part."
 
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