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Joey Logano Debuts in Talladega NASCAR Nationwide Series race for No. 22 Discount Tire Team

May 02, 2013

Joey Logano will make his first start as the driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. It’s the perfect starting spot for Logano, who comes into the weekend’s race as the defending NASCAR Nationwide Series winner at the 2.66-mile Talladega oval.

Discount Tire is the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer, and sponsors the No. 22 team in the NNS featuring champion driver Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney.

Teammate Brad Keselowski is coming off of a stellar performance with a win at Richmond last weekend in the No. 22 machine and Logano looks to carry that momentum into Talladega. Joey is scheduled to pilot the No. 22 Ford at the next four NNS races including Darlington, Charlotte and Dover.

Logano has 18 career NNS wins in 110 series starts and has raced to victory at 13 different NNS tracks including Talladega. He also has 22 poles in the series which is eighth all time

“Discount Tire and Penske Racing have again assembled a winning team for the No. 22,” said Discount Tire President Michael Zuieback, who leads the company’s NASCAR program. “We’ve earned one NNS championship with Brad in 2010 and with new talents Joey and Ryan joining the team, we believe this season holds great promise. The No. 22 continues to be a symbol of our company’s winning culture and is a rallying point for our great employees who are the team behind our brand.”

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Discount Tire/America’s Tire, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer. The company does business under the trade name Discount Tire in most of the U.S. and America’s Tire in Oregon, and parts of Washington and California. The company currently operates more than 850 stores across the country. In 2010, the company marked its 50th year serving customers as their trusted tire retailer in local markets across the U.S. Discount Tire/America’s Tire also sponsors NASCAR Nationwide Series and Monster Energy AMA Supercross. For more information about Discount Tire/America’s Tire visit discounttire.com or americastire.com.

Keselowski Wins Inaugural NNS Race at Indianapolis

News. Brad Keselowski wins Indianapolis 250 in the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series. “Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS), scored his third win of the season in the inaugural Indianapolis 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) on Saturday afternoon. The win is Keselowski’s 20th career NNS victory and his second-consecutive series win.

It was a historic win on many fronts. By crossing the yard of bricks first, Keselowski scored the first NASCAR victory for team owner, Roger Penske, at IMS. Penske Racing has enjoyed 15 wins in the Indianapolis 500 in the IZOD IndyCar Series. It was also the 100th NASCAR victory for Penske Racing.”

Keselowski Finishes 2nd at Watkins Glen International

Keselowski Finishes 2nd at Watkins Glen International

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 11, 2012) – Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire/SKF Dodge Challenger in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS), finished second in the Zippo 200 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International (WGI) on Saturday afternoon. Keselowski dominated much of the event – leading a race-high 44 laps – but he was unable to hold off Carl Edwards on a late-race restart for what would have been a third-consecutive NNS victory.

Keselowski began the 82-lap race from the fourth position, based on his lap of 72.250 seconds, or 122.076 miles per hour, around the 2.45-mile road course. When the race began, Keselowski wasted little time in moving into the third position on the first lap. By the fourth lap, he was turning lap times faster than the race leader, despite being slightly loose in the right-hand turns. When the first caution of the day was displayed at lap six, crew chief Jeremy Bullins elected to keep his driver on the racing surface as they were not yet in a fuel window. As the race resumed at lap 10, Keselowski quickly began his assault on the race lead, which he assumed at lap 12.

The Discount Tire/SKF crew made their first pit stop of the day at lap 20 with Keselowski still maintaining the race lead. They made no adjustments, only filling the car with fuel and changing four tires. The pit stop came earlier than many of the race leaders, so Keselowski patiently let the pit stops cycle through before retaking the lead at lap 30.

Keselowski continued to deal with a loose-handling condition in the right-hand turns as the race moved past the halfway point, but he kept his Discount Tire/SKF machine at the front of the field. Bullins called his driver down pit road for the second, and final, time at lap 51 for a stop that included fuel, a four-tire change and an air pressure adjustment. Once again, as the pit stops cycled, he maintained the race lead.

The racing intensified over the final 25 laps, due to several cautions that continued to bunch up the field. Following a lap 73 restart, Keselowski was passed by the No. 60 of Edwards. He was able to make several moves in an attempt to get by Edwards, but was not able to complete the pass. Crossing the finish line in the second position gave the team their ninth top-five finish of the season.

Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish finished third in the Zippo 200 on Saturday afternoon.

Following Saturday’s result, Keselowski and the No. 22 team remain sixth in the NNS owner point standings.

“We had a really strong Discount Tire/SKF Dodge today,” said Keselowski. “This race was a lot of fun, but any race is fun when you have that good of a car. We just came up a little short.”

The No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team will next compete at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with driver Jacque Villeneuve, on Saturday, August 18, in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge. Coverage will air live beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90.