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Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing - Q&A

But I think the relationships that we have together with all three of us here, Roger, myself and Paul, is really important to me, and it's helped a lot, as well.

Q:
Have you gotten the tank yet?

Brad Keselowski:
No, but I might have a little more funding to go get one now, so I guess that's good, right? I've got to win a couple more this year.

Q:
For Paul, you mentioned on the radio that you felt or you at least hoped that you had turned the corner. Is part of your trying to get back on track, was it that much of a challenge to make the transition from Dodge to Ford this season? Did that have anything to do with it? Or is there anything specifically that you can point to that has been more challenging?

Paul Wolfe:
No, I don't look at the transition from Dodge to Ford, like I think that's gone really smooth. Those guys have supported us real well. I think just changing to the Gen-6 car was more of a challenge than switching manufacturers in my eyes. You know, like I said, we've had speed. We've had great cars to start the season off. We were in position to win a bunch of races there the first handful of races and thought things were going well, and then we just lost some momentum. Like Brad said, a lot of the strategy and the way these races play out definitely changed a little bit from what it was with the old car, and then it seems like we definitely didn't have the speed in our cars maybe through the middle part of the season, but I feel like here the last part of the season we've been kind of back to having the good speed, we just haven't been able to execute.

Obviously tonight wasn't an easy night for us, but with a fast race car and Brad doing a great job and staying focused all night, we were able to overcome the issues on pit road and get that first win.

Q:
Brad, after the race in victory lane, you said there are a handful of guys you can't race hard with in this deal because they freak out. I'm not asking you to name names unless you care to, but I was just curious why you think that is.

Brad Keselowski:
No, I just think it's a compliment to Kasey and to Matt. Kasey and Matt race the way I think this sport should be done, and I think we put on a show today. I hope the fans enjoyed it. I obviously enjoyed it winning, but when I look back at this race, part of what I'm going to remember is obviously the side-by-side battle for the win and the closing laps. That's so important to this sport. That's our overtime finish. That's our marquee moments. That's our fourth-quarter, final-drive touchdown for a win. It's being able to make a pass for the lead in the closing laps, and to do that it takes a level of respect between drivers, and that particular group, Matt and Kasey, they have that, and I have that with them. That's why it's so rewarding to race with them and to win a race like this.

Q:
Could that be the answer to your 100 percent? If we really get down to the essence of that and put all the other BS aside, could that be what we're truly looking for? Is that what might lead to these what I call Game 6, not Game 7, but Game 6 kind of moments in racing and not just a bunch of people bitching and riding around?

Brad Keselowski:
Yeah, you know, I think it's really healthy for the sport in my opinion to have last-lap, last-segment, whatever you want to call it, I know it wasn't the last lap but it was the last half dozen or so, battles for the win. I think that's the kind of drama that our sport needs. That something that I'm proud to be a part of. The rest of it I don't think is productive, but that was to me what I look back on and think of as great races, whether I'm a part of it or not.

So it's something I'm just proud of because it kind of fits my code of racing. Hard racing, fair racing for a lead, for the win, when it counts, at the end.

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