Brad Keselowski envisions RFK Racing returning to a four-car organization one day, but admits there is a lot of work to be done before that happens.
“That was our goal all along,” Keselowski said after Chris Buescher’s win at Bristol Motor Speedway. “Before you can get into a four-car team, you have to get into a three-car team. Before you can get into a three-car team, you have to fit in as a two-car team. For us, again, the importance is Win races – multiple races a year with all of your cars, and compete for the qualifiers.
“Obviously we’re not in qualifying with any of our cars, so we have more work to do. But our stated goal internally is to get back into a four-car team. That’s not going to happen if you don’t win races and you’re not fit as a two-car team. This is a step forward. Good forward for us. We still have a long way to go. We need to be able to win multiple races a year, but before you can do that, you have to win the first race.”
Buescher drove 169 laps in the race and is on track for his second win of his career on Saturday night. It was Keselowski’s first win to be part of being part-owner of the company as he cut through a five-year drought for the Roush Group.
But it wasn’t only Buescher who came out on top, as he and Kiselovsky were rivals. Between the two, they drove 278 laps out of the 500. The punctured tire determined Kiselowski’s chances of winning and finished 13th.
It was a balancing act for Keselowski on both the competition and business sides. When asked on Saturday if he got tired of this point of the year, Kiselovsky said he wasn’t, but he probably tired the others out.
“I’m driving,” he said. “I want to see this thing work. [Saturday] It is a clear sign that it can be successful, but it will not be successful when we are sitting on our hands. You have to grind it. This is a hell ride to grind.
“I’ll tell you, there are days where you look back and say, did you get better today or did you get worse? And most of the time, you have to get worse in order to get better. That can be really frustrating. Letting go of someone can be good because it’s not great and that’s not fun; I can tell you.” With that. Then wait until you find something great.”
The long struggle to return to the top for the organization continues. Roche was once a powerful organization qualifying multiple cars for the qualifiers. He hasn’t had a team in a post-season since Ryan Newman was involved in 2019, and their two championships came in back-to-back seasons, 2003 and 2004.
The partnership with Keselowski wasn’t the only thing Roach did this season. The organization has revamped its competition department to be more focused on its performance while also mixing or hiring new employees. Pit crews have undergone changes. The Racing Shop has undergone some improvements.
“It can be tearing down the walls in the shop, making a mess all over the place, and knowing that’s what needs to be done to be better in six months,” Kiselovsky said. “There’s a lot of playing for a long time and we have confidence that we’re doing the right things and that’s not easy because, like I said, any time we make a change, I think it’s really normal – not just for our company, but for any company – for everyone to go, OK Where is the instant result?There are no instant results.
“Every change, you don’t see a result for six to 12 months. This can be really painful because you start to lose people, and they start not believing in you. This is a huge win for us to get back our trust…not only our partners and the external factors we face, but also Our internal elements. I’m excited about them and so excited for our company.”
Roche hasn’t offered four full-time cars since 2011.
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