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2014 New Hampshire: Brad Keselowski NASCAR Nationwide Post-Race Press Conference
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 13, 2014 - 11:28 AM
2014 New Hampshire: Brad Keselowski NASCAR Nationwide Post-Race Press Conference

BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang - A BIG WIN TODAY OUT THERE AND A LOT OF STATS, INCLUDING GOING FROM THE POLE TO WINNING THE RACE. "What a hell of a Saturday. I am going to need a little time to soak it in. it has been a really busy day and sometimes on these really busy days you get so caught up in the action that you really can’t appreciate all that has transpired. Hearing you say all that is really cool. Thank you for sharing those things. The Cup car was fast this morning, the Nationwide car in qualifying we had a lot of adversity and fought through that and got the pole which was very rewarding today in the Nationwide race. The car was really fast at the beginning and it seemed we leveled off to Kyle the last run. I thought he might have been a little faster than we were but it was all about getting through lap traffic which was a big of a dogfight and personally that may not have looked it on TV but it was one of the most challenging races I have ever ran. Knowing you have Kyle Bush behind you and he is a tiny bit faster and you have to fight through lap cars and there was always something coming at us. We dodged a lot of bullets there today between qualifying and the end of the race and I think it is showing the strength of the 22 Team Penske Nationwide team. There is so much to be proud of there and I am obviously looking forward to tomorrow and the tremendous opportunity we have. The Cup cars are running so strong right now. We didn’t get the qualifying effort we wanted form the Cup level but the performance has been there in every other category. We just need to execute and keep that going. I think we can do it. I am very optimistic and very pleased with how the weekend is going so far. I want to keep the momentum up. Like you said, on Tuesday we are having a little fun and doing some TV Land stuff with Sullivan and Son, which is a TV show I have a recurring role on I guess you would say. That should be fun on TBS. Life is good. Thank you Kristi for sharing that stuff, it is good to soak it in."


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JEREMY BULLINS, crew chief, No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang - TALK ABOUT YOUR STRATEGY TO PUT BRAD UP FRONT FOR THE POLE AND ALSO THE RACE. "Well, this race is so short just being 200 laps that track position is huge and having the first pit stall is huge. We felt like we felt the pole on the table the first run and opted to go back out and give it another shot and got it. We made a couple adjustments and make the car better for him and gave him another opportunity there and I think that paid dividends in the race. It kept us up front and able to start up there a little closer to the front. Fortunately I was happy that the first run went green as long as it did because it makes the strategy easier to put four tires on there. The biggest thing was we felt we were racing the 54 and we all pitted around lap 80. Around lap 100 they lost a couple spots on a restart which put them in a position where it made perfect sense for them to pit. When they did that, it felt like it put us on defense the rest of the day because I felt they would take two tires, which forced us to take two tires. They had better left sides than us and more speed at the end but Brad did a really nice job of getting through traffic and holding on to what we had there."

BRAD KESELOWSKI CONTINUED … YOU WERE IN TOTAL CONTROL EXCEPT YOU DROPPED THE FLAG ON THE VICTORY LAP. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? "It was really windy and my hand has been really sore so I couldn’t really hold the steering wheel and I took my hand off the flag for a second and the wind just ripped it right out. It is not one of my prouder moments."

DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING FOR TOMORROW’S RACE? "Yeah, I thought it was interesting that it looked like the modified’s did a little damage to the track which should be kind of a story point for the rest of the weekend. We will have to see how that plays out. Other than that, you are always learning stuff."

HOW IS YOUR HAND? "It is better but not perfect but we will get there."

IT WAS A CAT AND MOUSE GAME IN THE END BETWEEN YOU AND KYLE. HE SAID HE DIDN’T THINK HE COULD CATCH YOU. WERE YOU GETTING NERVOUS SEEING THE 54 GETTING CLOSER BEFORE THAT FINAL MISTAKE? "I didn’t see if he made a mistake or not but I definitely thought he was a little faster than we were. We had track position on him which is a credit to Jeremy and the guys and how they executed. And like he said about Kyle pitting and all those other things. That is the cat and mouse game and what makes racing so much fun."

WHAT DO YOU MEAN ABOUT DAMAGE TO THE RACE TRACK? "There is a sealer that is put in between the cracks that holds the track together and it looked to me like today that all got ripped out of the track, which exposes the cracks and leaves them very vulnerable to peeling up chunks of asphalt and with the Cup cars running the speeds they do with the downforce levels they have and grip they have in general, with those being exposed there is a high potential to pull a chunk out of the track like we have seen at Dover and Daytona and other places. Hopefully that will get addressed before tomorrow or if not it won’t become a problem but eventually it will. It could be a storyline. That is one of the biggest things I saw."

JEREMY BULLINS CONTINUED … HOW MUCH DO EITHER OF YOU THINK WHEN YOU ARE ABOUT TO GO ON THE RACE TRACK ABOUT POINTS, OWNER POINTS, ETC.? "There are points for every spot so you have to race everybody. Certainly the 54 and 22 the last couple years have separated themselves in owner points from the other teams and obviously we know they are the ones we have to beat. Every spot is a point so you race everybody as hard as you can. I feel like this year, I got a lot of questions about why we don’t have wins but I think our cars have been better. We’ve been up front, qualified better and average finish is better but everything has to go perfect to get the win. Today we executed and got a perfect driver rating and everything worked out. That is how it goes."

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