Kickin' It With Keselowski (cont.)
The Jersey Shore phenomenon has returned over the past month, with its season premiere resulting in record ratings for MTV. Have you ever watched the show and do you think this type of reality television is the type of programming to showcase to teenagers?
I've never watched the show. I hate reality TV, never been a fan of it. I think you should live reality, not watch it.
Would you be a fan of NASCAR doing a midweek Cup race down the road, just like what the Trucks do at Bristol each year? -- Anonymous, Michigan
Yeah, I think it's great. I love that the trucks do that, it's a different way of doing things. I grew up with my family in ARCA and ARCA used to do that. Heck, summer it's a good time to have a midweek race. Let's do it.
Vanna White. WIN HER. I've always been a fan. She always turns the letters in an elegant way, with a nice smile.
Lady Gaga. SPIN HER. I don't know what to think about her. I'm very confused, but I do like some of her music. I don't know what to think.
Today's Topic: College Football
RING ME UP: Well, I'm very interested to see how Michigan performs, and if they can get through this rough spot. Let's see if this spread offense can work in the Big Ten -- it's year three for coach Rich Rodriguez and definitely a really big year for him. I've met him personally for the last three years, had some fun with him. I think he's a pretty cool guy; he's putting a different system into a very established school, and it's going to take time. But I think this is ultimately a results business, and we're all interested to see his results.
I LOST THE NUMBER: The easy answer here would be Ohio State. But although I dislike Ohio State, I don't dislike them as much as I dislike Florida. I've never been a big fan. I got a little miffed a few years ago when they trash talked (Michigan) ... it made me feel good when we beat them in a bowl game a few years ago.
Take us around a lap at Bristol.
Bristol is the quickest lap we run all year. Keeping that in perspective, before you ever run a lap around there you have to understand things happen very, very fast. You have to be a corner ahead at all times, which is very difficult to do. You have to be thinking ahead. So we'll start out at the start/finish line, which on a Cup car you just get to full throttle right before the start/finish line. It's only for about half-a-second, though, before you have to lift going into Turn 1. Turn 1 is a tricky corner on corner entry, because the corner tends to be fairly free on entry - which means the car wants to over rotate and spin on backwards into the wall. But then when you get to the center of the corner, it pushes. So you try to react to that. The exit to Turn 2 is kind of a hairy little corner. You can kind of drive out on any part of the racetrack, but it's a little rough [pavement-wise]; so it's a little tricky to manage both of those two.
The entrance to Turn 3 is different than the entrance of Turn 1. Your entry into the corner is just a little wider, because the whole backstretch seems to be a little wider than the frontstretch. So the entry into Turn 3's just a little wider, and when you get to the center, you're actually a little bit free as compared to 1 and 2, where you're a little bit tight. So that's a little tricky. You use just a little bit of brake, just as little as possible, just to manage the car. And again, you're only going through the throttle for just a split second on the backstretch. Get on it in the middle of 3 and 4, where you're just a little bit free, and then get on the throttle off of 4, and the corner tightens up on you just like the exit of turn 2 at Darlington. So you have to be prepared for that. Try to run as low as possible, hook your left tires right on the pavement for a transition... and that's a whole lap. It's very simple, very rhythm sensitive and very fast.
A lot of times, this night race is when we see a lot of paybacks. Is there anyone or anything in particular we should watch out for, and what's the right way to give a payback to somebody?
You'll have to tune in to see. That's what makes Bristol the best track we go to.