Keselowski confident in RFK Racing's superspeedway program with Talladega next

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Keselowski confident in RFK Racing's superspeedway program with Talladega next
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It’s no secret that when it comes to racing and winning at Talladega Superspeedway, Brad Keselowski is one of the best.

The driver and co-owner of the No. 6 RFK Racing Ford Mustang has scored six victories in his NASCAR Cup Series career at the 2.66-mile superspeedway and is the defending winner of Sunday’s GEICO 500 (3 p.m. on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM).

His six victories make him the winningest active driver in Cup Series competition at the track, with Team Penske’s Joey Logano next on the active win list with three.

All but one of those six victories came during Keselowski’s long tenure with Team Penske, which ended last season when he became co-owner of RFK Racing.

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Luckily, according to Keselowski, the RFK Racing superspeedway program had established solid performance and has required few changes since he joined the organization.

“Honestly the superspeedway program was very strong already,” Keselowski told NASCAR.com Wednesday. “It didn’t need anything from me. I probably gave a few small ideas, but it was probably the strength of the company the second I walked in. Mostly it’s actually been not messing with it. If you’ve got something that’s working, don’t touch it.

“There are other areas that aren’t working and I’d rather work on them.”

Keselowski and his teammate, Chris Buescher, showed just how strong RFK Racing’s superspeedway program was at Daytona International Speedway in February.

The pair swept the Bluegreen Vacations Duels, with Keselowski winning the first race and Buescher capturing the second. Keselowski followed that up by leading the most laps during the Daytona 500 a few days later before ultimately finishing ninth.

Since then things have been on a downward slope for Keselowski, who has failed to crack the top-10 in the eight races since Daytona. Add to that the L2-level penalty levied against the team on March 24 for the modification of a single-source supplied part and the No. 6 team has been spending most of its time playing catchup.

Despite that, Keselowski doesn’t feel like his team is in a must-win situation entering Talladega or the other superspeedway events on the schedule at Daytona (Aug. 27) and Atlanta Motor Speedway (July 10).

While a victory would certainly be nice, he believes the team is making significant gains that could see them in Victory Lane at several tracks coming up on the 2022 schedule.

“Honestly, I’m looking at the next month and I’m really excited about the races we have,” Keselowski said. “I think we can win any one of them. We’ve got a lot of good stuff coming down the pipeline. We’re starting to figure some things out and find some of the missing puzzle pieces.

“I’m not ready to say we have to win on a plate track to advance to the Playoffs. I feel like we’re starting to find our game at other tracks, too. I’m a lot more confident in the cars and the team is learning a lot. I’m not ready to concede that, but certainly I’m still going to try to win those races at Daytona, Talladega and Atlanta.”

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