It’s been an up and down season for the three car Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team of Team Penske. Penske’s driver of the No. 2 Ford though rebounded a bit at Michigan International Speedway, finishing up second behind Kevin Harvick.
Relatively Clean Race for the No. 2 Ford
Keselowski admits the past few races haven’t been optimal for his team.
“Yeah, the last few week’s we’ve had some pretty big struggles, finishing out races with breakdowns and letdowns and all of the above,” he said.
“It’s nice to just be able to have a clean race, or mostly clean. We did have one loose wheel. But mostly clean race, and to be able to kind of get the finish we deserve, that’s important. It’s important to get what you have out of your car, and although we might not have race‑winning speed, you still need to execute.”
“…but of course we want to break through and win, as well, and kind of like you indicated, we’re not where we need to be to just win on pure speed against those guys week in and week out,” he said.
“We’ve just got to find it. As a team, we have to find that little bit of performance. It’s not a lot, it’s just enough to keep us out of Victory Lane. It’s enough for us to run up front like we did today, finish up front when we do everything right, but not enough to win. We know it’s possible, and it’s up to us to make it happen.”
Chasing the Top Contenders in 2018
With Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex, Jr. all combining to win a ton of races, with more wins probably to come, Keselowski was asked whether that was a motivator or not. Keselowski said he hadn’t put much thought into that.
“I go to each weekend as a reset point thinking and feeling as though this could be the weekend where we have the speed to win that way or could execute that way, and I think you have to—and then when you start to get through the weekend, you have to get the most out of what you have,” he said.
“We’ve had some races where I feel like we’ve been equal to or better than those guys where we haven’t put it all together, mostly the plate tracks I would say. So that’s kind of on us to get a result. But on these types of tracks, the mile‑and‑a‑half, intermediate, whatever you want to call them, two‑mile tracks, we haven’t had that yet, but we’ve been closer some places than others.”