The big transition

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jamey Price/Getty Images for NASCAR)

CONCORD, N.C. — Even though the Sprint All-Star Race is 90 laps long, and the Coca-Cola 600 runs 400 laps, Brad Keselowski says the transition from one weekend to the next may be more pronounced from a crew chief’s point of view than it is for a driver.

“I definitely think there’s a transition there where you have to be a little more patient, so to speak,” Keselowski said. “And I think it’s probably more of a transition for the crew chiefs than it is for the drivers, because, at the end of the day, it’s still our job to drive the cars very, very hard and make ’em go fast.

“I think that’s it’s more of a transition for the crew chiefs to make sure that the cars have maybe a more appropriate balance of speed and reliability — and speed being long versus a short run, and reliability obviously being parts and components that don’t fail in such a long race.

“It certainly requires a different approach, and I think that’s great. It showcases teams that are strong in multiple directions, and I kind of think it’s pretty cool.”

Keselowski, who finished second in the All-Star Race, seems well-prepared for the 600. His No. 2 Penske Dodge posted the fastest lap (183.692 mph) in final Cup practice Saturday afternoon.


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