Charlotte: Brad Keselowski preview

This Week's Charger... The No. 22 Penske Racing/Discount Tire Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-031 during Saturday's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is the first race for this brand-new chassis. The No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge...

This Week's Charger... The No. 22 Penske Racing/Discount Tire Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-031 during Saturday's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is the first race for this brand-new chassis.

The No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger in 2010... After 11 races, Keselowski and the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team currently lead the Nationwide Series driver point standings by 11 points over Kyle Busch.

Brad Keselowski on the difference between Charlotte Motor Speedway and other 1.5-mile tracks

"All 1.5-mile tracks are different, but it's very hard to see that from the stands or on television. Charlotte is extremely weather sensitive. Small changes in track temperature drastically affect the speed and handling of our racecars. So that makes Charlotte a unique challenge. Over the last few years the asphalt has started to age a little. So the cars are starting to slide around a little more and that makes it a fun place to race. We've won a short-track race and a restrictor-plate race already this season. I feel good about the new car we are taking to Charlotte, so hopefully we'll get our first intermediate win this weekend."

Crew chief Paul Wolfe on Charlotte Motor Speedway

"Charlotte is a very fast, 1.5-mile track. Since they repaved it a few years ago, it is probably one of the fastest places that we go. You need to get as much speed out of the car as possible without sacrificing the handling. Charlotte is very temperamental to changing track conditions and this race is run during the day when the sun is the hottest. That can cause the surface to become very slick. Finding the right balance between speed and grip is very important. Brad has a good record at Charlotte over the last couple of years, so I'm confident we can contend for the win and leave with the points lead."

-source: penske

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Paul Wolfe , Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch
Teams Team Penske