Michigan International Speedway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Goodyear Tire Test
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Media Center Quotes
“Well it’s been faster today, obviously, having the second day on the track; got some rubber put in the pores of the track and cleaned off a little bit. You know, all those things add up to more speed so, obviously, today was a lot faster. It was quite an honor for me to be chosen to perform the tire test here for Goodyear. Obviously, this is a track that means a lot to me and to my family. I wanted to be the first guy on it (laughs). I’m glad we were able to do that, raise some speeds and raise some dirt from the rear. It was good, good stuff.
“Whenever you repave a track or drastically make a change of the nature of a repave, it’s going to change the racing and how it works. You know the question is, it going to be better? Is it going to be worse? Is it going to be this or is it going to be that? You know time will tell. I think the track has a lot of key events that will probably indicate how the Cup race will go. The Cup race is obviously the Granddaddy race for this racetrack. There is a Nationwide event and an ARCA event beforehand. I think that will probably provide the biggest indicator of the quality of racing that we will see come Sunday in June, but I feel pretty good about it. I feel like the Nationwide race here is going to be crazy. That might be one of the best races of the year for any of the series. It’s just like a restrictor-plate race, so that race should be crazy. I can’t wait; I’m going to drive in that one. I also think it’s going to be help open up the grooves and help to get some of the rubber in the pores that we talked about earlier to where you can use all the lanes. I think that’ll be great. One of the key things that I see about the track is the decision to repave it in October versus waiting until this season. It has given the track extra time to cure which I think is going to speed up the process of getting the track to be very racy. And with those events beforehand, there’s a very good chance that we could step into the first weekend with the repave here again in June and see racing just as good if not better. I’m more than optimistic of how the quality of racing is going to be and feel pretty good about it.”