BUSCH: Indy ORP: Brad Keselowski preview

KESELOWSKI READY FOR THIRD START IN THE NAVY CHEVROLET Brad Keselowski will make his third start in the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Keselowski has one ...

KESELOWSKI READY FOR THIRD START IN THE NAVY CHEVROLET

Brad Keselowski will make his third start in the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

Keselowski has one previous start at O'Reilly Raceway Park. In 2005, he competed in the NASCAR Truck Series race at ORP. Despite being one of the fastest cars in practice, he was forced to start 24th after rain washed out qualifying. Keselowski was collected in an accident on Lap 4 and finished 34th.

In last year's Kroger 200, the Navy team finished 17th at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

The JR Motorsports team is bringing Chassis No. JRM 021 to ORP this weekend. The team finished 18th with this car at Richmond International Raceway in May.

Last weekend at Gateway International Raceway the No. 88 team started 28th and was running in the top 20 when Keselowski made contact with cars that were spinning in front of him. The team was able to repair the damage and he finished 26th.

Twenty one races into the 2007 season, the JR Motorsports team has compiled one top five and four top-10 finishes. The team is currently ranked 23rd in the owner point standings.

Brad Keselowski, Driver, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo

"I have some experience at ORP. I raced there once in a truck and we tested and ran really well there. I enjoy running in the trucks, but I like the feel of the Busch cars a lot better. JR Motorsports has really good equipment, so I'm looking forward to my return to ORP in the Navy Chevrolet."

Wes Ward, Crew Chief, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo

"ORP is a cool little short track. The key to running there is turning well through the corners. In my past trips there it seems like things always go well if the car turns well when you unload. Our short track program has come a long way this year and I'm eager to see what Brad can do there."

Navy Notables

The fleet honoree for Saturday's race at O'Reilly Raceway Park is the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The USS Carl Vinson is a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier that was commissioned in March 1982. Aircraft carriers support and operate aircraft that engage in attacks on airborne, afloat, and ashore targets that threaten free use of the sea; and engage in sustained operations in support of other forces. Carriers are deployed worldwide in support of U.S. interests and commitments. They can respond to global crises in ways ranging from peacetime presence to full-scale war. Together with their on-board air wings, the carriers have vital roles across the full spectrum of conflict. The Nimitz-class carriers are the largest warships in the world and can reach speeds of 30-plus knots. The USS Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle. During RCOH Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for another 25 years or more of service.

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brad Keselowski
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports