14 October 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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