Memphis: Brad Keselowski preview

Keselowski Looking to Continue Solid Points' Finishes at Memphis: Brad Keselowski is looking to continue his climb in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points this weekend as the series heads to the short track of Memphis Motorsports Park. The...

Keselowski Looking to Continue Solid Points' Finishes at Memphis: Brad Keselowski is looking to continue his climb in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points this weekend as the series heads to the short track of Memphis Motorsports Park. The 21-year old Keselowski has been working hard to claw his way back into the top-20 in series points since dropping from 20th back to 24th following an engine failure at the Michigan event a month ago.

"It is amazing just how competitive this NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is just by making the statement that we are trying hard to work back into the top-20 in series points," said Keselowski. "Years ago it was nothing to be within the top-20 and now there are well-funded teams that are struggling to stay within the top-30. We were really making some solid progress before the Michigan event, but that one really hurt us and forced us to make up more ground. But we have made great attempts to lead some laps and finish within the top-20 or top-15 each weekend and that has helped to get us back within striking range of that top-20 in points."

While Keselowski has had only one start at the three-quarter mile Memphis Motorsports Park, his K Automotive team has made seven starts at the track with much success including three top-five finishes and four top-tens. Keselowski hopes that his newly-skinned short track truck will help him to his second top ten finish of the 2005 season.

"Unfortunately I did not have the luck at Memphis that our team has had here in the past," said Keselowski. "We were pretty good in practice last season, but we lost the rear end early in the event and that parked us for the remainder of the race. But we have spent a lot of time working on the body of this short track piece and I think we have a good shot at another solid finish with our Samson Stone Ford. This is the same truck that we ran really well with at Mansfield earlier this season and as long as we can avoid the obvious short track issues I think we will be able to leave Memphis in the top-20 in series points."

The K Automotive team celebrated their 250th start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series two weeks ago at the Kentucky Speedway before the series enjoyed a much needed weekend off in preparation for this weekend's Memphis event. However team owners, Bob and Kay Keselowski had anything but off time as they attended an ARCA Re/Max Series event with son, Brian Keselowski, at the short track of Berlin Raceway in Michigan. Brian qualified his car in the 11th position, ran in the top five for much of the evening and finished in the ninth position scoring his second top ten finish in a row in the series.

Keselowski currently sits only three points away from the 20th position in series points and 15 points away from the 19th position in series points. The O'Reilly 200 will take the green flag on Saturday, July 23 at 8:00pm ET and can be seen live on Speed Channel.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brad Keselowski , Brian Keselowski