Penske Duo Set for Bristol

Brad Keselowski

Keselowski will start seventh in Sunday's Food City 500. (Photo: Getty Images)

Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano look to continue their solid early season performances for Penske Racing this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Both drivers will start inside the top 10 in Sunday’s Food City 500 and each believes they have a chance to make it to Victory Lane.

Keselowski is a two-time Bristol winner and defending Food City 500 champion. He's taken a liking to the .533-mile Tennessee short track since arriving in NASCAR and the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion considers BMS one of his favorites.

“Bristol to me is a man’s racetrack and I respect that place so much,” said Keselowski, who will start seventh in Sunday’s fourth race of the season. “I think it takes a level of respect for it. From day one, the first day I walked in there, I respected it but I also wanted to win there.

“I wanted to prove to myself and others that I could be the man to win at a man’s racetrack. So it’s always been a challenge to me and it’s one that, for some reason, has taken a piece of me somewhere deep inside and made it rise to the next level.”

After winning last year’s title, Keselowski has picked up pretty much where he left off with three top five finishes to kick off the year.

“I could not be prouder of everyone on the Miller Lite Ford team for the start we’ve had to the season,” he said. “Some of those tracks have not been our best, but now we are getting to some that are. Bristol this weekend is a place that I picked up on immediately. I always look forward to going there, which is half the battle. You can’t let it psyche you out before you walk through the gate.”

Teammate Logano has had an up and down start to the year but is showing enough promise in the Shell/Pennzoil Ford to bring optimism into the weekend.

“Yeah, last week we had a super-fast car (in Vegas), but I made a mistake on pit road that cost us,” said Logano. “We had a car that easily could have run top three to top five all day long. We were in traffic and still running faster than the leader a lot of the time. It was just my fault for getting us behind by speeding on pit road under green.

“So I feel like if we put all of the mistakes behind us, our Shell-Pennzoil team is going to be one of the teams to beat in the near future.”

Logano won his first career pole at Bristol and qualified tenth in Friday’s session. He’s never started outside the first ten during his Cup career at the track.

Logano would love to have a special day at what he believes is one of the most unique venues in all of NASCAR racing.

“There has always been a special feeling about Bristol,” he said. “It’s just so unique from everywhere else we go. You just don’t see a lot of places that look like it, from the small size to the high banks to the grandstands surrounding the place. It’s just different there, both as a fan and as a driver.

“Even though we aren’t running the speeds we do at a lot of other places, things happen faster at Bristol than almost anywhere else we go. And that makes it exciting. It’s unpredictable. And because of that, it’s always a fan favorite.”

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