What is Team Penske hoping to get out of Bristol?
SUPER START: Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford team are off to a remarkable start in 2014. Through the first three races, the team has an average finish of 2.3 with one victory and two top-three finishes. The team has also qualified on the front row at the two most recent races, including winning the pole at Phoenix. The recent accomplishments represent the best-ever start to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season for Keselowski, the 2012 series champion. · PROVEN TRACK RECORD: Keselowski knows the route to Victory Circle at Bristol. He has won twice at the renowned track (2011 and 2012) in his eight career Cup Series starts at Bristol. · GOOD SHAPE FOR THE CHASE: After winning last weekend’s Kobalt Tools 400, Keselowski and the No. 2 Ford team dramatically enhanced their chances of making it into the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, under the new series scoring format. · CONCENTRATING ON CUP: After running three consecutive double duty weekends to start the 2014 NASCAR season, Keselowski will relinquish his seat in the Nationwide Series No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang at Bristol to Team Penske driver, Ryan Blaney. · TEN AND COUNTING: Team Penske has a total of 10 victories at Bristol Motor Speedway with the two most recent wins credited to Keselowski who won two consecutive races (fall of 2011 and spring of 2012). · SEE BRAD AT BRISTOL: Keselowski will be appearing on behalf of Miller Lite at the Food City display in the Bristol Motor Speedway Hospitality Village Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. ET. He will also be at the Miller Lite stage at the Earhart Campground Sunday morning at 10:10 a.m. ET and then at the Ford Display in the Fan Zone at 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday.
NEVER BEFORE IN HIS CAREER…: Just three races into the season, Joey Logano is already off to the strongest start of his Sprint Cup Series career. His fourth-place standing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) points is the highest that Logano has ever been over the course of his five previous full-time seasons. Logano also has led laps in the Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion in all three events in 2014 (all four, counting the Sprint Unlimited). This marks the first time that Logano has led laps in three or four straight events. · HELP JOEY HELP GAVIN: In 2010, a special young boy named Gavin Grubbs got the thrill of a lifetime when Logano, his favorite driver, surprised him when he visited Gavin in Arkansas as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Since then, Logano and Grubbs have remained very close and often exchange text messages. Now, Logano is helping Gavin once again. Gavin, who suffers from merosin-negative muscular dystrophy, is trying to raise $10,000 for a local Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) walk in Arkansas. Logano is enlisting his social media followers to help Gavin raise the funds. In addition to Logano personally donating through the number of retweets, anyone that donates $5 or more to the cause will get a Racers Dream Garage calendar. Visit twitter.com/joeylogano for more information. · BRISTOL BIOGRAPHY: Bristol Motor Speedway is known to be unpredictable and that theme ties in well with Logano’s results at the famed half-mile speedway. Logano struggled over his first couple of years at Bristol, but he turned things around in 2012 when he finished eighth. Last season, Logano was racing for the lead before contact with another competitor took him out of contention. He backed up that run with a fifth-place finish in the fall Bristol race last year. Logano has only qualified outside of the top 10 twice in his 10 career starts at the track. In 2010, he won the pole at Bristol when he set the record as the youngest Sprint Cup Series pole winner in series history.
· BRING ON ANOTHER SHOOTOUT: With Logano’s pole won at Phoenix, the eighth of his career, he qualified for next season’s Sprint Unlimited. Logano has never missed the season-opening event in his NSCS career. Logano’s eighth-career pole puts him 69th on the all-time list, tied with Kyle Petty and Elliott Sadler.