Johnson’s win last weekend at Martinsville pushed him into the points lead with three races remaining in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. His margin is just two points over Keselowski, who has given no indication he’s not going to fight all the way to the Nov. 18 season finale.
“We like our role is in this Chase,” Keselowski said. “While we aren’t being overlooked by any means, there are many who think that we are still too young of a team to seriously challenge the 48 team. We like it that way. In reality, we are a very good race team that is primed to take this fight right down to the last lap at Homestead-Miami Speedway next month.”
Keselowski has had some challenges there, with a best finish of 14th in eight career starts. He’s led only 34 laps, too. But he had a good car there in April’s long fuel-mileage race and has no reason to believe Penske Racing isn’t sending him back with another strong No. 2 Dodge.
“We had an awesome car in April at Texas, probably the best car I’ve ever had there,” he said. “But fuel issues kept us from challenging for the win. This weekend, I’m expecting to challenge for the win.”
A poor qualifying effort put him 32nd on the starting grid, with Johnson on the pole. Still, Keselowski found himself in position for a solid finish when the caution waved 23 laps from the finish. He was sixth, with 18 cars on the lead lap, and unsure how strategy might play out.
Wolfe deferred to the driver, who at the last second stayed out as 16 cars headed for pit road. It allowed Keselowski to lead a lap, picking up a bonus point for doing so, and hang on for a sixth-place finish.
Wolfe said he gives his opinion in those situations, but trusts the driver to make the correct call.View Entire Story
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