Penske Takes Two at Kentucky

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Ryan Blaney will drive the No. 12 and Brad Keselowski will be behind the wheel of the No. 22 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

SPARTA, Ky. - Team Penske will field two cars in Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 as they look to score their third consecutive victory at Kentucky Speedway.

It will mark the first time this season that Penske will have two cars on the track. Defending race winner Brad Keselowski already has one win at a 1.5-mile speedway (Las Vegas) this season and will be racing in all three NASCAR events this weekend.

Penske“Kentucky traditionally has been a strong track for Team Penske and this Discount Tire team," Keselowski said. "The track itself has some personality in terms of the surface, which requires that the driver manage the tires over the course of a run. In general, this No. 22 Team Penske Ford crew is capable of contending for the win every weekend, and we fully expect to do just that this weekend. Since I am running all three races, I feel as though the additional track time will be beneficial too. On top of all that, I just seem to do well at Kentucky and anytime you go into the weekend with that mindset you do have an advantage.”

Ryan Blaney, who will bring back Penske's No. 12, captured his first career Nationwide win last September at Kentucky. 

"That was one of the best nights of my career, right there with winning my first Truck Series race," Blaney said. "I think it helped show people that I could get in the car that Joey (Logano) and Brad were winning races in and also be able to win races. It also was a big help in winning the Owners’ Championship for the 22 team last season, which was really cool to be a part of."

The Nationwide Series got on track a day early at Kentucky as team's used their final NASCAR test date of the season on Wednesday following-up their extra track time at Iowa Speedway last month. Both Penske cars were no worse than sixth in both sessions with Paul Menard and Trevor Bayne, topping the two practices, respectively.

Although all the 1.5-mile tracks on the circuit have their own unique characteristics, Kentucky Speedway stands out for its rough surface that can not only be tough on the setups, but also on the drivers.

"That's what gives this race track such great character is the bumps here and you have to have your car going over the bumps really well," Blaney said. "That's something we have been really good at whether on the truck or Nationwide side.

"I actually got nose bleed during practice and that will say how bumpy this race track is. It's definitely one of the roughest places but that's what makes it such a unique race track."

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