Dodge locked in to Chase berth heading to Richmond

Dodge earned its seventh appearance in the eight-year history of the Chase when Brad Keselowski locked in a berth with a third-place finish at Atlanta.

Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing Dodge
Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing Dodge

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ON MAKING THE CHASE “It’s what your season is measured by and what you get graded on at the end of the year. That No. 2 car team has done an excellent job all year and to get into the Chase without having to rely on the Wild Card is really cool. They’ve earned it and now we get to use all the bonus points that we’ve earned this season.” Travis Geisler, Director of Competition, Penske Racing

"Richmond has a really fast frontstretch with really slow corners. That’s the number one engineering problem we face every time the series visits the historic facility. It's almost impossible to make a car turn too good at Richmond. If you can achieve that feat, you’ll likely suffer with traction problems off the corners. Richmond has always been the ultimate test of walking that fine line between turning and traction. Engineers will be busy all weekend trying to solve that mystery." - Howard Comstock, SRT Engineering

“Coming from the short tracks of Michigan and Ohio really helps me when we go to places like Richmond. The track has characteristics of several places where I cut my racing teeth. But what helped me out the most was the competition that raced up there. You had to learn to get tough or go home. I learned a lot of lessons on the short tracks back home that helped make me into the racecar driver I am today. I love racing under the lights on Saturday night because it reminds me a lot of those days.” Brad Keselowski, driver, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

“I’m really looking forward to going to Richmond with no pressure, other than trying to win the race. That is going to be one wild race on Saturday night. Some really good drivers need to win to make it in, but we aren’t going to give it to them. We want to win to go into the Chase tied for the points lead. With the security we have of already locking ourselves in, we can take some chances to see if we can hit on something that will help us get to Victory Lane. It’s been a great year for the Miller Lite Dodge team. Now it’s time to see what we’re made of.” Brad Keselowski, No 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

“It’s another weekend with the busy schedule of running both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races. It can be challenging to keep on bouncing back from one garage to the other, but I’m loving it. Running both cars has proven beneficial and I know that’ll certainly be the case again this weekend. We’re getting stronger as a group with Todd (Gordon, crew chief) and all the guys on the Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Team. I am so thankful to continue to have the opportunity to drive that 22 Cup car. We carried the Pennzoil colors to the winner’s circle at Richmond in the IndyCar race there 10 years ago. We’ll be trying as hard as we can to take our Shell-Pennzoil Cup car to Victory Lane on Saturday night.” Sam Hornish Jr., No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger

Source: SRT Motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brad Keselowski , Travis Geisler , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske
Article type Preview
Tags dodge, hornish, keseloswki, rir, srt