Dreams Come True for Carlisle Sponsored Driver Keselowski at Talladega Superspeedway
Brad Keselowski, driver of the Penske Racing No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), picked up his sixth-career victory – and his second of 2012 – in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway (TSS) on Sunday, May 6, 2012.
Keselowski began the event from the 13th position, and in a pre-determined strategy, Keselowski elected to keep his No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge at the front of the field, instead of dropping back in the running order for a conservative approach. By lap six he had cracked the top 10 competitors on track, despite a loose-handling condition on the Miller Lite
machine when another car was positioned on the outside of the “Blue Deuce.” When the first caution flag of the day flew at lap 16, Keselowski found himself running in the sixth position.
As the field began to make its way down pit road around lap 100, under the green flag, the Miller Lite pit crew performed an outstanding pit stop that placed Keselowski in the second position as the stops cycled through. Keselowski, the 2009 Talladega race winner, was able to continue his restrictor-plate mastery as he rarely fell outside of the top five
for the remainder of the race and eventually pulled away from Kyle Busch for the victory.
“At Talladega, patience is a bit of an oxymoron because you know you’ve got to go hard to win this race,” said Keselowski, who also won at Bristol earlier this year. “It was great
racing. It was awesome. I think it was a perfect combination of the tandem and the pack racing. It just fit our Miller Lite Dodge perfect. It was just really strong with that combo. My guys did a great job all weekend.”
The Miller Lite Team
Following Sunday’s event, Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team are ranked 12th
in the Sprint Cup Series driver point standings and 13th in the owner point rankings. Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team will next race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, May 12, in the Bojangles’ Southern 500.