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Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing - Q&A

Brad Keselowski might be about to lose his crown as reigning Sprint Cup champion, but after this week at least he won't end 2013 without a visit to victory lane.
Brad Keselowski claimed his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in over a year at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night, and afterwards he met with the press to answer questions along with his car owner Roger Penske and crew chief Paul Wolfe.

Q:
Our race winner is Brad Keselowski, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. He wins for the first time in 2013. It's his 10th win in his career, his first win at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and he's joined up front by his crew chief Paul Wolfe and car owner Roger Penske. Brad, congratulations. Certainly put on a great finish there for us this evening, and it's got to feel good to get back to victory lane.

Brad Keselowski:
Sure does, Commander. I forget your name sometimes, so we'll just go with Commander. You know, it is. It was a great night for us, obviously. Whenever you can win it's a great night. But to win under the circumstances we did, obviously a little adversity in the middle of the race, and then a great battle with two stallions here, Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth.

To put all that together at the end and come out on top is something we're going to be proud of and cherish for a long, long time.

Q:
Paul Wolfe, just talk about the win, how this has got to be a big win for the race team. You've had a lot of ups and downs this year, obviously, but this has got to be a special win.

Paul Wolfe:
Absolutely. I think we've had good race cars here, especially the second half of the season, and just seems like every time we turn around, something goes wrong, some things in our control, some not. But you start to question the things that have worked for you in the past to be successful. You start to wonder if you need to do something different.

All the guys that work on these race cars and put them together back at the shop, I know everybody hasn't done anything different than we did to win a championship. The thing was to just stay focused and continue to work hard and know that eventually our luck and some things got to start to go our way and get the results. I think we were obviously able to do that tonight. Definitely a big relief to get that first win this year.

Q:
Roger Penske, congratulations on this victory here tonight at Charlotte. Just talk about maybe how this really gives the race team a good pop of momentum with five to go.

Roger Penske:
Well, I think we've shown speed, as Paul said, and we've had some issues, some our own. But at the end of the day we haven't been to victory circle, and I think for Brad he was concerned. We all were. But at the end of the day we knew he was the guy that gave us a championship last year, and every driver in our stable now has won a race this year, AJ, Blaney, Sam, Joey and the two guys on the IndyCar side. I'd say this is a pretty good night for us, and Paul, I want to thank you for persevering in the team.




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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #48 Lowe’s Dover White Chevrolet SS finished 4th and Jeff Gordon, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS finished 7th Saturday, October 12, 2013 in the Bank of America 500 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Johnson is 2nd, Gordon is 4th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo Credit: HHP/Alan Marler for Chevrolet)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Dover White Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo Credit: Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images)
Brian Scott, driver of the #2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet, leads Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, during the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet, wins the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Cars race after a restart lead by Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet (L), Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet (R) during the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redds Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redds Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redds Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redds Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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