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Posted on: August 10, 2011 2:21 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 10:42 am
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Kurt Busch subs for Brad Keselowski in NWS



Posted by Pete Pistone


Brad Keselowksi's injuries will keep him out of the Penske Racing Nationwide Series entry this weekend at Watkins Glen International Raceway and teammate Kurt Busch will take the wheel of the Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge in Saturday's race. Penske president Tim Cindric released this statement on Wednesday:

“As Brad Keselowski continues to recover from the injuries suffered last week at Road Atlanta, Penske Racing teammate Kurt Busch will pilot the No. 22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger in this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Watkins Glen International. Penske Racing is fortunate that Kurt, who is a former NNS winner at Watkins Glen, is in its stable of drivers. We appreciate him lending a hand during this time. We will continue to monitor Brad’s recovery. His NNS schedule will be determined on a race-by-race basis.”
 
 
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Posted on: August 7, 2011 10:06 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 11:48 am
 

Brad Keselowski, team post Pocono comments



Posted by Pete Pistone


THE MODERATOR: 
Okay. Let's roll into our post race-winning team for today's 38th Annual Good Sam RV Insurance 500 here at Pocono Raceway. Our winner is Brad Keselowski. He drives the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge for Penske Racing, joined by his crew chief Paul Wolfe.           

Brad, a couple of thoughts. First of all, just the series of events this week, racing as you had to, with your physical condition, that's one. Second, with the second win now of the season for you, puts you in good stead for the wildcard berth certainly as you moved up to 18th in points, I believe.           

And, third, with this victory here today, you qualify now for the Sprint Summer Showdown, if you can win in Atlanta. Based upon this win today, you know, it's not only a big payday for you but also for your charity and a lucky fan with that Sprint Summer Showdown. I know I'm only supposed to ask you one question but I asked you three. But obviously what a terrific deal here for you today. Just talk about your emotions and about winning today, overcoming what you had to overcome.          

BRAD KESELOWSKI: Well, there's not really any time for emotions. It's been a hell of a week. From last Sunday, what a great car at the Brickyard, and we're almost in position to win it. Didn't quite catch the right breaks and felt really good about that. Certainly brought a lot of confidence into this weekend.           

And I felt like we could run strong here. And I guess I was a little surprised that we weren't exactly a little faster than we were at the beginning of the weekend.           

But I knew some of the struggles I had gone through with wreck and so forth that that was probably holding everybody back a little bit. So I guess we tried to work around that the best we could, and did a good job of that.           

About the end of the first run of the race today, I felt like we were really, really strong and had a good shot of getting a solid day out of it. I wasn't sure we were going to be able to win. But I felt we could win somewhere around fifth.           

But this guy here, Paul Wolfe, adjusted on it, made it a little bit better. We got that rain delay, which was a great recharge session for me, and it's what we needed.           

Everything kind of came together here, and we were able to overcome adversity, and I think when we look back at this years from now I think that's what I'll think about, overcoming adversity.           

And I say this to Paul and everyone on my team, that nobody gives us anything. And they sure as hell didn't give us anything this weekend. This was an earn-it weekend. And I've always wanted to win a Cup race and earn it, not fuel mileage, not Talladega, a real win. And today feels like that.          

And for that I'm real proud. And I can't wait to see what the next few months bring us.           

I think winning two races is probably really good for our Chase hopes, gives us pretty high odds if we were playing poker, but nothing is 100 percent until it's 100 percent. So lots of races left. Keep plugging away. Maybe if we keep running like this, maybe we can get a third win and we'll be damn near immune, unless we fall out of the top 20. Going in the right direction with this 2 team, and proud of everyone on the Miller Lite Dodge Charger, this is a big win for us. This is somewhat of a validation, I think.           

THE MODERATOR: Crew chief Paul Wolfe is up here. And, Paul, talk about you had the long rain delay. Almost two hours. And then it seemed like after that rain delay the car just came alive. So talk about how things transpired out there for you today.           

PAUL WOLFE:  Well, I think the biggest thing was getting the track position. Like Brad said, we knew we had a pretty good car there. We were able to hang 8th to 10th there the first half of the race. I remember Brad coming on the radio at one point and just asking for some track position. And he thought we'd be okay.           

So we felt like we had a good enough car that if we had some clean air, we could run up front.           

So we got close looking at the weather. My engineers did a great job at monitoring the radar all race long, and we got down there at that point in the race, it was like they were pretty confident that it was going to rain, but we were going to -- it was going to clear out enough where we could finish the race.           

So it's all about those two wins to get into The Chase. We knew that's what it was going to take. I felt like it was somewhat of a gamble to come down at that point. But at the same time we felt like it was an educated gamble at that. It wasn't just a shot in the dark.           

And it ended up all working out how they had said it would. And once we got the car up front, obviously we showed we had the speed as much as anybody. And there on that last restart, that was the deal. It was whoever was going to get out front. The 18 and ourselves were pretty equal there, and it was all about making it happen on the restart, and that was all Brad there on that last restart, being able to get out front. And at that point I know the 18 was driving the wheels off his car to try to get by us. But just wasn't able to do it.           

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Brad or Paul?            

Q. Can you tell us, 1 to 10, what the level of pain was that you were enduring? And did that break just give you time to relax the foot, just to kind of get it back and go on? And also you mentioned the soldiers in Afghanistan. I think you have a cousin or something that you said you kind of used that as something to drive you this weekend?           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: Well, certainly I guess I'll start with the last part. I do have a cousin in the Navy Seals. One of the guys who died over there was someone he knew, was friends with. Told me a little bit about this week and it kind of put things in perspective.          

I might not be feeling great, but those are the guys that are really making sacrifices. We're just driving race cars for a living. We're not curing cancer or saving the world like those guys are.           

So that's kind of -- it was inspirational for me. Whenever I got in the car and felt like this hurts, I don't want to do this, I want to get out, that was good inspiration on what it means to man up and make it happen, because it's really not that bad.           

So, I mean, as far as the pain scale, hell, I don't know, I'm not real good at those pain scales, I guess, because I don't know what everybody calls what. But I know it just hurt. And felt a whole lot better when they waved that checker flag, until I had to get back out of the car. That didn't feel better. But it all worked out today. And thankful to have good people to help me through it.           

Like Paul said, we had great strategy today. Strategy didn't win us race but it gave us the opportunity to win it and we were able to win it on our own merits from there.            

Q. Every driver who comes in here says, oh, yeah, we try to win every race; we try to do the best we can. Realistically, honestly, when you woke up this morning, what were you thinking and hoping was the best you were going to possibly do?           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: That's you, Paul.           

PAUL WOLFE:  You're asking me?           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: I want to hear your answer.            

Q. Both of you.           

PAUL WOLFE:  Well, like Brad said, we felt like we had a really good car last week at Indy, and had ourselves in position for a shot to win. And it was a rough week for us. Obviously I was down at Road Atlanta when we had that wreck.           

Just for Brad to be able to be in the car this weekend I thought was an accomplishment after seeing how tore up he was after that wreck and what he had to go through.           

But like Brad said, at the end of the day we're just lucky to be able do what we love to do for a living and I'm sure he can talk about it a little more. But did I feel like we were going to come out here and win with the condition Brad was in? I thought we could put ourselves into position, but really proud of what he was able to do there. And I saw how tired he was and whatnot after the first half of the race.           

But we're racers, and we want to win racing. We work really hard. And I think that's what we showed today.            

Q. When you woke up this morning, realistically, what did you think was the best you could do?           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: Going to win the race. I came here to win. When you let the pain get into your head that far that you don't believe you can win anymore, you'll never win.           

And I woke up this morning feeling like we could win the race. And at the end of the halfway break, went into my motor home, had my doctor with me, and took care of me a little bit. I told him, all right, let's go win the race. And that's how I felt about it.           

If you don't feel that way, you're never going to win at anything you do.            

Q. I assume there is going to be a furor around the end of this thing, on that restart, Kyle Busch, best restarter in the business, I think, maybe you probably think, too, he's on the inside, he likes the inside. You got Jimmie Johnson back there. What were you thinking on that restart? Because you're getting out front on that restart was the key to the race.           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: Well, yeah, I think I really had some bad restarts at the first half of the day and kind of took something from that to make sure I had a better one at the end.           

And at the end of the day you come to tracks like this where there's really long straightaways, and it's much like this in the Nationwide car, probably more often, your fate as the leader of the restart is determined by the success of the car directly behind you and what he chooses to do.           

And Kyle's fate was sealed the second the 48 made the move that he did. And there's no way for him to know that. You know, I think probably the best way of explaining it is if you go back to the restart before that, with me and the 22, I think, were on the front row. I think the 31 was behind Kurt and the 20 was behind me.           

If you go back to that restart, we were pretty even all the way through turn 1. We had equal help coming through the gears. And Joey, up off of 2, was able to clear the 31 car and get down in the lower lane and give Kurt a push.           

Now, that sealed the fate of what was going to happen for everybody. And so at the end of the day, the success rate of the car behind you is really the difference-maker at tracks like this. And it's probably hard to explain. Probably hard to see and understand, but that's just the reality of it with the way racing works. And that's the deal.            

Q. Paul, how tough a call was that to bring the two Penske cars in for fuel and tires right before the rain was supposed to get there? Did you have second thoughts about taking a risk like that, given the fact that it could have rained and stopped the race at that point completely?           

PAUL WOLFE:  Absolutely. I think there's always a risk in any call like that. As we've seen here of late, everybody's getting more aggressive on their calls and how we're playing the fuel strategy game.           

But I had pretty good confidence. My engineers, they seemed like they were pretty confident that we were going to go back green. So at that point I know it's going to take calls like that to get us in The Chase. And we've got cars that are fast enough now at this point in the season to race in The Chase.           

We've just had a rocky start to get here. So I feel, like I said, we're good enough to be in The Chase, and I knew it was going to take a call like today to get another win to get us closer to that opportunity.           

So, yeah, it was --           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: Just tell them, Paul, you got balls this big. (Laughter ) just tell them. Because if it wouldn't have worked out, man it would have been rough, whew. (Laughter) 

PAUL WOLFE:  So try to make calls like that that are somewhat educated. They might seem a little more risky to people who don't have all the information in front of them, similar to what we were able to do at Kansas.           

But we're sitting here with a win today. And I feel like we've still got some tracks coming up here before The Chase where we have an opportunity to win another one.            

Q. Brad, what gave you the most discomfort in the car? And how did your injury, how did you have to adjust?           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: What gave me the most discomfort? I think probably the biggest thing for me was, since I've been laying in a bed laying around for two or three days, the energy that you lose from that. Just complete zap of energy loss was probably the biggest thing.           

I just didn't have any energy in the car. And I'm wearing a foot brace, which was helpful. But, again, you lose some things and still hurt to push the pedal, but it didn't hurt as bad it would if I wasn't.

And to add into that, I cut my hand open shifting from a blister, because I didn't get it taped because I forgot about that worrying about my leg. It was about every damn thing you can think of, other than having to pee. But it's just the way it goes.            

Q. Brad, I don't know if this is quite the same as John Menard and Paul Menard, but your dad won here a number of years ago.           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: Yes, he did.            

Q. Could you talk about how that feels to win here, the fact that he did that a number of years ago as well?           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: Absolutely. My dad won here in ARCA, made his one and only Cup start here and random stat time in the media room. But my uncle ran a race here in USAC, back when they ran USAC here. This track has always been very special to my family and treated us very well.           

Didn't treat me very well in the three other starts I made here. So it's nice to kind of make up for it.            

Q. That was my question, get your reactions Brian Keselowski winning a 500 mile --           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: Was it 500 miles?           

Q. It was 500-mile USAC stock car race. 1974, the last year -- 

BRAD KESELOWSKI: Were you there?           

Q. No. I was at Martinsville.           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: He was there, wasn't he?            

Q. Everybody thinks I'm old. I was at the first three USAC stock car races. But the one I didn't cover was the one that Brian won.          

BRAD KESELOWSKI: I'd like to see a newspaper clipping of that, because I've heard the stories and seen pictures of the car, but --            

Q. Buddy Baker was in that race. He had the pole. He had that 71 car.           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: The way my uncle tells the story, he smoked the field. So I've always wanted to know if he really smoked the field or not.           

Q. We'll have to look that up.           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: I'd really like to know that because if he didn't, boy, would I give him hell.            

Q. Paul, we all heard Brad say that he was definitely racing today, he wasn't getting out of the car. I was curious if you have any say?           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: I said I wasn't getting out of my damn car. (Laughter) 

Q. I was curious, Paul, do you have any say in that? And was there any time where you thought you may need to talk to somebody and say, hey, maybe he shouldn't run?           

PAUL WOLFE:  I hope I have enough respect and Brad has enough respect for me that if I felt that way that he would. But there were no signs of that this weekend. I had some people talk to me on Friday and ask what I was going to do in the car to make it so Brad could drive the thing with the pain he was in and the trouble with his foot.           

He sat in the car Friday before practice and felt real good about it and didn't want us to do anything different than we would normally do. And basically what I thought the best thing we could do to help his foot was give him a fast race car. And all the guys worked really hard on the Miller Lite Dodge to do that this weekend. And I think giving him a fast race car took care of anything that we could have ever done to help him inside the car.            

Q. Brad, you talked about today you woke up thinking you were going to win the race. When you had the accident on Wednesday, you know, sitting in the hospital, sending pictures of your ankle, what did you think about this weekend? Did you think, A, you were going to get in the car? Could you imagine that you were going to be standing in victory lane?           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: I knew I was getting in the car. I just wasn't sure how I was going to convince Paul and Roger that I was doing it. Thankfully the doctors handled that part for me. And I'm glad of that. But it just all worked out.            

Q. Were you doubting at all?           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: No. Not for me. I don't know about him.           

PAUL WOLFE:  He's lying.           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: There was a moment where I said all right what doctor am I going to have to bribe. Never a moment of doubt. For the record, I didn't, because I know you'll try to write that story. I didn't have my wallet (smiling).            

Q. Brad, have you spoken with Roger yet, and what was the substance of that conversation, if you have?           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: Yes, I did. And they're in mid-Ohio today. I don't know how it went. But not good. Okay. Well, I'm glad we could carry the banner, do the checkered flag flying. Glad we could fly one for them.           

But, yeah, I did speak with him. I can't remember much of what he said to be honest, there were a lot of people yelling and really kind of turned off my memory bank. We talked a little bit about the soldiers in Afghanistan and that was actually what I do remember of the conversation, and I think that he feels the same way about it as I did and what I said in the media center. Not media center, where were we? The Victory Lane. And so that meant a lot to me that he would say that.            

Q. When do you guys think what you've done today will sink in? Basically if you don't test between now and Richmond, you're virtually in?           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: I don't know. Hell. Probably be under a couple of beers, probably sink in real good then. Hell, Paul, when do you think it's going to sink?           

PAUL WOLFE:  I don't know. I just feel this team's come a long way. And I'm just excited to be able to be part of it. And I feel like we're only going to get stronger as we start visiting some of these other tracks for a second time. Obviously Pocono being the first one of those, and to be able to have somewhat of a notebook now. We still have a long ways to grow and be better and that's the encouraging part. To have already won two races this season and know that we're not operating at our max potential yet, I think it says a lot about the team and what we're capable of, and everybody at Penske Racing has done a great job of giving us the tools we need and it's our job to go out here and do what we did today.           

So excited about what we've done, and like I said, just can't wait to get back to the next race.            

Q. Both of you -- Brad, you said this earlier, the magic words: If you're able to stay in the top 20. Any strategy now changes where you kind of try to protect your position a little bit to making calls, that kind of stuff? Do you still kind of go after it these last five races?           

BRAD KESELOWSKI: Hell, I don't know. I haven't really thought that far yet. Shoot, we just need to go out and do what we've been doing, everything will be fine.          

PAUL WOLFE:  I agree. Like I said, we've had cars fast enough to be in the top 20 easily in points. We just gotta limit the mistakes. Obviously the two wins is huge.           

And, like I said, I feel as a team we're capable of more before The Chase, but we just gotta keep doing what we're doing, and try and limit any mistakes.           

We take a little less of a risk on some calls, yeah, possibly. But like I said, today was a little bit of a gamble, but it was -- I feel like we made an educated decision on that call. And if we feel like that's what we need to do to have a shot at another win, I see us doing that.

 
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Posted on: August 7, 2011 8:43 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 9:40 am
 

Speed Read: Pocono

By Pete Pistone





GOOD SAM RV INSURANCE FINAL RESULTS


Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Recap

Making it through a 500 mile race at Pocono Raceway is a grind for both drivers and fans. 

The pair of annual races at the 2.5-mile triangular track are two of the longest stops on the schedule. 

But making it not just to the end of the race from behind the wheel but to victory lane is going above and beyond. 

Which makes Brad Keselowski’s win Sunday all the more amazing. 

Just a few days earlier, Keselowski was being air lifted from his destroyed racecar after a violent crash while testing at Road Atlanta. He broke his ankle and injured his foot in the crash, causing some to wonder if he’d be forced to sit on the sidelines come Sunday’s Pocono race day. 

While bowing out of his scheduled Nationwide Series duties at Iowa Speedway Saturday night, Keselowski vowed he’d be ready when the bell rang at Pocono and was more than true to his word. 

Keselowski not only made it through the entire 500 miles he did it ahead of the rest of the field for his second Sprint Cup win of the season. 

Despite the heroic efforts, the Penske Racing driver insisted on keeping things in perspective. 

“It’s not me, its good people,” he said, giving credit to his pit crew and the decision to not head for service after a nearly two hour red flag for rain opting instead for track position.   “It’s having a Paul Wolfe (crew chief) and a team that digs. 

“I’m no hero.  The heroes are the guys that died in Afghanistan this weekend and I want to spend time thinking about them.  They were my inspiration for this weekend and the things that those guys do.  I’m glad that we could win today, but those are the heroes.  I just drive race cars for a living.” 

And with the win Keselowski could be driving for a Sprint Cup championship come September. He now leads the Wild card standings on the strength of his two victories and is in good position to make his first appearance in the Chase. 

He’s also eligible for a $1 million payday if he can back up his Pocono win with a victory in Atlanta Labor Day weekend. But right now Keselowski has a bigger goal than even that giant payday. 

“That’s pretty cool.  I’d like to win that money, but I’d much rather get these guys in the Chase,” he said pointing to his team. “I would throw away the money if I could promise them we’d be in the Chase and have a good run at the championship.”

      

RISERS

Ryan Newman 

Desperately needed a good day to help solidify his spot in the standings and got it with a fifth place run on Sunday. He’s not completely out of the woods but Newman can sleep much better tonight knowing he improved his spot away from the Chase cut-off line. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Another driver who had to come out of Pocono with a solid effort and Junior got it with a ninth place finish. Maybe more important was the line of communication between between Earnhardt and crew chief Steve Letarte and a sense of renewed confidence after several weeks of frustration. 

Paul Menard 

Showed his Brickyard 400 win was not a fluke and backed up the run last week at Indianapolis with a tenth place finish at Pocono. Still very much alive in the quest for a Chase berth and could make it either through a points spot or a Wild Card berth.

 

FALLERS  

David Ragan 

His Wild Card hopes took a big hit with Ragan’s hard hit against the outside wall after an early race spin. The Roush Fenway Racing driver was hoping to keep his momentum alive in the stretch to the Chase but will have to play some major catch-up now with only five to go to set the field. 

Brian Vickers 

His future Sprint Cup career is very much up in the air and Vickers’ stock didn’t get any higher when he was sidelined by an engine problem. If fact the motor problems were probably more of a shot at what’s now known as Team Red Bull’s prospects for staying alive after the season ends. 

Juan Pablo Montoya 

About the only bright spot for Montoya are the reports he’s close to signing a contract extension at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. But after another disappointing day that saw contact with Kasey Kahne send him into the wall and to a 32nd place finish, JPM may not be so sure about wanting to continue his NASCAR future.

 

RADIO WAVES  

(Choice comments and communications from drivers and crew chiefs)  

“Have we ever thought about making our cars faster?” – Kurt Busch

"It didn't sound like Denny wanted to give it to you. So I don't know what that means." – Kyle Busch’s crew chief Dave Rogers on his JGR teammate allowing the 18 car to lead a lap for points 

"I'm just so loose off of (turn) 1 and (turn) 3. I'm super tight getting in & dead-ass sideways everywhere else.'” – Jeff Gordon on his car’s handling issues 

"It's like you guys have never even been at a race before sometimes. I wonder, anyways." – Kasey Kahne

  

RACE RATING    

On a scale of one to five "Pistone Pistons" I’ll give Sunday’s Good Sam RV Insurance 500 a two. And those two stars are for the final 17 laps, which produced five wide racing at one point and featured the battle between Keselowski and Busch to the finish line as well as the dust-up with Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch. But otherwise Pocono unfortunately lived up to its reputation as a track that produces some of the most mundane races on the schedule. However all it would take is the snip of 100 miles and the excitement and urgency level would rise almost immediately. Let’s hope the rumors about finally shortening Pocono races are true.

 

DOWN THE ROAD   

What has become the perfect antidote to a less than thrilling affair looms ahead next Sunday when the Sprint Cup Series returns to a road course. Watkins Glen International Raceway lies ahead next Sunday and in the last two years the road races at The Glen and Infineon have become two of the most entertaining stops on the schedule. Next Sunday’s visit to the historic road circuit in Upstate New York should pick right up where the June visit to Sonoma left off on the high emotion meter.

 
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Posted on: August 5, 2011 5:25 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Injured Brad Keselowski ready for Pocono

Posted by Pete Pistone

Crashed car
(Keselowski's battered Miller Lite Dodge after his Road Atlanta testing crash)

Brad Keselowski will compete at Pocono this weekend despite the injuries he sustained in a practice accident earlier this week at Road Atlanta. Although he won't compete in Saturday night's Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway, the Penske Racing driver said he's sore but ready to tackle his Sprint Cup duties in Pennsylvania when he met the media on Friday:

HOW ARE YOU FEELING?

“Pretty good, glad to be back in the race car.  It didn’t look like, for a little while, I was going to get to do that.” 

HOW DIFFICULT IS IT FOR YOU IN THE RACE CAR?

“It’s been easier at times.  In general, I’m not that bad.  There are some things down there that don’t feel real good.  It took a little effort to make it all work inside the car.  I’ve got a good car, so it will be alright.” 

OTHER DRIVERS HAVE COMMENTED THAT THE ACCIDENT WAS REALLY BAD; HOW BAD ARE THE INJURIES TO YOUR FOOT AND LEG?

“It wasn’t good.  The biggest thing is that I felt lucky that was all that was tore up.  I hit about as hard as you can hit in one of these cars and I’m still here somehow.  As a driver, probably one of your worst nightmares is going through a corner, like that one was, without a safer barrier, without any of the stuff that we’ve got used to and got accustomed to, without brakes.  And knowing that I had two or three seconds staring at a wall, knowing that I was going to hit it about as hard as you possibly could.  Probably less comforting was knowing that it was a temporary wall and on the other side was trees, so I figured I was going to end up in the trees.  Somehow, I made it through it, broke the wall down and came flying through on the other side.  I was just really, really lucky.” 

HOW MUCH PAIN WERE YOU IN THEN COMPARED TO NOW?

“I was pretty sure after I hit the wall that I had broken everything that I could break.  I was hurting pretty good.  I guess, you know, a few days recovery and I just healed up.  I feel pretty decent now.  Walking isn’t all that easy, but that’s just the deal. You get in the race car and make it work somehow.” 

IS IT MORE DIFFICULT WITH THE SHIFTING AND BRAKING YOU HAVE TO DO HERE AT POCONO?

“I can tell you, I’ve checked my brakes a couple extra times before each corner.  It’s not an easy place to drive with your foot tore up.  Coming to Pocono this year, they opened up the shifting rule, so that means you do a lot more with your feet.  It requires a little more finesse.  Finesse certainly isn’t something I wouldn’t say you have when your feet hurt.  It’s going to be tricky all weekend.” 

DO YOU USE YOUR LEFT FOOT FOR BRAKING?

“I do everything with my left foot as far as braking and shifting is concerned.” 

WHAT ABOUT PAIN ON SUNDAY; WHAT PROVISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE IF RELIEF IS NEEDED?

“I’m not going to get out (of the car); I don’t care how much it hurts.  That’s not going to happen.  Sam (Hornish Jr.) is going to drive my car at Iowa (Nationwide).  I would go there if they would let me.  I don’t think I’m going to be able to convince Roger (Penske) of that.  I can tell you, I’m not getting out Sunday. 

WHAT ABOUT MEDICATION, HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO CONTROL THE PAIN WITH MEDICATION?

“I got to take a Motrin or two and they put some pain medicine in me while I was at the hospital through an IV; I don’t know what that was.  Thank God for that.  Otherwise, it would have been really bad, really rough.  I’ve been really lucky that each day I’ve recovered tremendously.  All the swelling in both my feet have gone down.  I’m able to walk and do the things it takes to be a race car driver.” 

DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A TOUGH GUY?

“I consider myself a lucky guy to have walked away and be here.  It’s not for me to judge that.” 

AFTER WHAT YOU’VE GONE THROUGH, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE TRACKS THAT DRIVERS GO TO FOR TESTING?

“There’s a reason why there are certain tracks on the schedule that are on the schedule.  They’re great facilities.  They’re nice facilities to drive on and when things go wrong, usually people won’t get hurt.  It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a wreck in Cup where a driver has been seriously hurt.  Let’s knock on wood.  I was real lucky.  That has to do with the facilities you go to.  I had a good time testing at Road Atlanta, but at the end of the day, there’s a realization that there’s a reason why it’s not a Cup facility.  It’s not up to the requirements that it takes.  Those are the things we have to do if we want to remain competitive, if we want to find the edge, if we want to go to Watkins Glen and unload as a competitive team with the Miller Lite Dodge.  You’ve got to take those chances.  This Wednesday when we took those chances, we paid the price for it and almost a much larger price.”   

HAVE YOU HAD OTHER INJURIES DURING YOUR CAREER; IS THIS THE WORST INJURY YOU’VE HAD?

This is probably my worst.  I’ve never had both feet injured at the same time and everything else that comes with that.  It’s just the way it is.  I think in a long race season, at some point you’re going to have to deal with injuries or deal with what happens; if we can make it through this, we can make it through anything.”

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE YOU TO HEAL?

“I should be back to 100 percent I guess in the next six weeks.  The big question is how the bone in my foot is going to heal.  That’s a huge question; we’ll just have to find out as we go.” 

HAS THIS INJURY COME AT THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME?

“This is about the worst time knowing we’re coming up on the Chase, knowing that we need another win to get in, knowing that we have tracks coming up that require a lot of finesse with the brakes – Watkins Glen and here at Pocono.  And then, you’ve got one of the toughest races of the year with Bristol, it’s 500 laps on a short track.  There’s no good time, but this is certainly the worst time.”
   
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Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:07 am
Edited on: August 4, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Keselowski cleared for Cup, but will miss NW race

Posted by Brian De Los Santos

After a hard crash at Road Atlanta on Wednesday that left him with a fractured ankle, Brad Keselowski will miss the Nationwide Series race at Iowa on Saturday. However, Keselowski has been cleared to drive in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono.

A Penske Racing press release stated: "Following careful evaluation, Brad Keselowski has been cleared by respected neurologist Dr. Jerry Petty, M.D. for participation in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Brad is excited to get back in the car and ready to compete this weekend. Sam Hornish, Jr. will now be able to practice, qualify and race the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger this weekend at Iowa Speedway."

Keselowski has been officially diagnosed with an avulsion fracture of his left ankle, and, according to Dr. Petty, he was told" he can put weight on the foot as necessary and should not be inhibited in any way."

Keselowski is currently 21st in the Sprint Cup standings, but remains in the hunt for a wild-card berth into the Chase thanks to his win at Kansas in June.


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Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:36 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 10:58 am
 

Brad Keselowski OK after crash during test


Jimmie Johnson tweeted out a picture of Brad Keselowski's mangled car.

By Pete Pistone


Brad Keselowski was involved in a high speed crash Wednesday while testing at Road Atlanta. Reports had Keselowski hitting a wall at the Georgia road course at more than 155 mph.

Penske Racing released this statement in the wake of the accident:
“Brad Keselowski was involved in an accident today at Road Atlanta while testing. He was transported to an Atlanta area hospital for further evaluation. Brad was able to exit the car under his own power, but as a precautionary measure was taken to the hospital. Penske Racing will provide further communication as details become known."


Keselowski, an avid Twitter user, Tweeted these thoughts to his followers early Wednesday afternoon:

"In a serious accident today while testing road Atlanta. Hit wall head on in a 155mph corner after brakes failed. Airlifted to hospital."

"Guess I needed a reminder. Cot or not, this racing S&@t is still dangerous."

"Looking at data with engineers in hospital bed. Was going 155, car slowed to approx 100 before hitting a non safer barrier wall head on."

And just to punctuate the injury, as well as the power of social media these days, Keselowski also tweeted this photo of his injured foot and ankle:
  

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Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: July 11, 2011 11:34 am
 

Video of the Day: Keselowski Kentucky NWS win

Posted by Pete Pistone

Brad Keselowski started his Kentucky weekend off on a good note when he won Friday night's Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300, the defending series champion's first win of the season:






 
Posted on: June 25, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Keselowski tops Infineon Happy Hour

Posted by Pete Pistone


Brad Keselowski kept Penske Racing near the top of the speed charts

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