RFK setting long-term objective of 4 vehicles – Keselowski
Brad Keselowski envisions RFK Racing returning to a four-car group at some point, however acknowledges there may be loads of work to be accomplished earlier than that occurs.
“That’s been our objective all alongside,” Keselowski stated after Chris Buescher’s win at Bristol Motor Speedway. “Earlier than you may get to a four-car workforce, you’ve acquired to get to a three-car workforce. Earlier than you may get to a three-car workforce, it’s important to be related as a two-car workforce. For us, once more, relevancy is successful races – a number of races a 12 months with each of your vehicles, and competing for playoffs.
“Clearly, we’re not within the playoffs with both of our vehicles, so we’ve extra work to do. However our acknowledged objective internally is to get again to being a four-car workforce. That’s not going to occur for those who’re not successful races and also you’re not related as a two-car workforce. It is a good step ahead for us. We’ve acquired an extended methods nonetheless to go. We want to have the ability to win a number of races a 12 months, however earlier than you are able to do that, you’ve acquired to win the primary race.”
Buescher led a race-high 169 laps on his approach to his second profession win Saturday night time. It was the primary win Keselowski acquired to be part of because the half proprietor of the corporate whereas snapping a five-year drought for the Roush group.
Nevertheless it wasn’t simply Buescher who got here out on prime, as each he and Keselowski have been contenders. Between the 2 of them, they led 278 of 500 laps. A flat tire took away Keselowski’s possibilities at victory and he completed thirteenth.
It’s been a stability for Keselowski on the competitors and enterprise sides. Requested Saturday if he was drained by this level within the 12 months, Keselowski stated he wasn’t, however he’s most likely worn different individuals out.
“I’m pushed,” he stated. “I need to see this factor achieve success. is a transparent signal that it may be profitable, but it surely ain’t going to achieve success sitting on our palms. You’ve acquired to grind it out. That’s a hell of a journey to grind it out.
“I’ll let you know, there are days you look again and say, did I get higher in the present day or did I worsen? And as a rule, it’s important to worsen to get higher. That may be actually irritating. It may be letting go of somebody who’s good as a result of they’re not nice and that ain’t enjoyable; I can let you know that. Then biding it out till you’ll find nice.”
The lengthy battle again to the highest continues for the group. Roush was as soon as a powerhouse group that certified a number of vehicles for the playoffs. It has not had a workforce within the postseason since Ryan Newman was a participant in 2019, and their two championships got here in back-to-back seasons, 2003 and 2004.
Partnering with Keselowski wasn’t the one factor Roush did coming into the season. The group revamped its competitors division to be much more centered on its efficiency whereas additionally shuffling or hiring new personnel. The pit crews underwent adjustments. And the race store has undergone some makeovers.
“It may be tearing down the partitions within the store and having a large number in all places and realizing that’s what must be accomplished to be higher in six months,” Keselowski stated. “It’s quite a lot of enjoying the lengthy sport and having confidence that we’re doing the suitable issues and that’s not straightforward as a result of, like I stated, anytime we make a change, I believe it’s actually pure – not only for our firm, however for any firm – for everybody to go, OK, the place is the moment outcome? There are not any on the spot outcomes.
“Each change, you don’t see a outcome for six to 12 months. That may be actually painful since you begin to lose individuals, they usually begin to not consider in you. It is a huge win for us to type of regain the boldness of… not simply our companions and the exterior components that we face, however our internals, as properly. I’m excited for them and excited for that for our firm.”
Roush has not fielded 4 full-time vehicles since 2011.