This Week’s Challenger… The Penske Racing Discount Tire Dodge Challenger team will use chassis PRS-216 during Saturday’s Nashville 300 at the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway oval. This is a brand new chassis to the No. 22 fleet.
The No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger in 2011... After seven events, Brad Keselowski and the reigning champion No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger team sit 13th in the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) owner point standings. The team is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Aaron’s 312 last Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.
Brad Keselowski on racing at Nashville
“I always look forward to going to Nashville Superspeedway. It has always been one of my favorite racetracks. You can really be aggressive because there is so much room to race. Obviously, it’s a special place for me because I won my first Nationwide Series race there in 2008. We came back in the second race there last year and had one of the best cars we had all year. It didn’t qualify that well, but I was pretty confident that we would win the race. I never like to pick favorite tracks, but Nashville is a place that I feel like I can go there on any given night and win. There is always a big contingent of employees from Discount Tire at Nashville that know how to get everyone fired up. I can’t wait.”
Crew chief Todd Gordon on preparing a car for Nashville Superspeedway
“Nashville is pretty unique in that it is almost a 1.5-mile track, but it’s concrete. Most of our concrete tracks aren’t speedways so that provides a few challenges. Everybody will fight for the bottom of the track at the start of the race, but the groove will widen as the cars run. Most importantly, you need to have a car that is balanced for long and short green-flag runs. There is usually a caution with a few laps remaining that will setup a shootout to the finish, so you have to be prepared for that. Brad has been very good at Nashville in his career and we need to give him a car that he can use to pick up his third Gibson guitar (winner’s trophy).”
-source: penske racing