Brad Keselowski Set to Make NCTS Debut This Weekend at Martinsville Speedway: After months of preparation both on and off the race track, 20-year old Brad Keselowski is set to make his debut into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this weekend at...
Brad Keselowski Set to Make NCTS Debut This Weekend at Martinsville Speedway:
After months of preparation both on and off the race track, 20-year old Brad Keselowski is set to make his debut into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this weekend at the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway. Brad, son of No. 29 Ford team owners Bob and Kay Keselowski, will be making a much larger jump into the series than most young drivers as this will also mark his first appearance on a national touring schedule. Keselowski has spent the past two days getting in some last minute testing at the Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, North Carolina and feels ready to tackle the tough drivers on one of the toughest short tracks.
"It is pretty exciting that this race is finally here," said Brad Keselowski. "I have really focused on this race, getting prepared both mentally and physically. We spent the last two days testing alongside Ricky Rudd, Elliott Sadler and Dennis Setzer which really helped me to get some final strategies together in regards to what lines to run at Martinsville along with getting faster throughout the test session. We also tested the truck at Texas Motor Speedway last week which was something of a confidence boost for me because that track is just so good for our team. But right now I am focused on the short tracks and getting in a strong race at Martinsville."
While Brad is considered a rookie on the race track in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, he is certainly no rookie to the series as a whole. Brad has been an integral part of his families K Automotive Motorsports team since the inaugural season in 1995. He has steadily worked his way into the team engineer position and will be playing not only the driver role this weekend, but also analyzing his own information in order to make necessary adjustments on the race car and communicate with his crew chief and father, Bob Keselowski.
"One of the biggest adjustments that I have to make as the driver of the truck this weekend is not having another driver to communicate with on changes that we are making to the truck," said Brad. "I will be working with dad and the team to decide on changes but it will be based on what I am feeling out on the race track as a driver. But I know I will also have other drivers at the track that have already been of huge assistance to me at the test sessions that have offered their input if needed once I am out on the track. Dennis (Setzer) has been great at all the test sessions and especially the test we just did at Caraway. He has worked with me on passing lines, racing lines and qualifying lines. His input has really been helpful to me in preparing for this race."
Brad's on-track racing experience has spanned six years and five very different racing series where he has learned to adapt to what he is racing and earn success very quickly. In his short career he has already accumulated 28 feature wins, 15 fast qualifier awards, two Rookie of the Year awards and one championship. If the past is truly a port-hole into the future, Brad Keselowski is sure to find success in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.