Charlotte II: Brad Keselowski preview

SEASON STATS - Keselowski comes into the weekend ranked third in points, 268 back from leader Clint Bowyer. In 30 races so far in 2008, Keselowski and the No. 88 Navy team have scored two wins, one pole award, 10 top-fives and 17 top-10 finishes.

SEASON STATS - Keselowski comes into the weekend ranked third in points, 268 back from leader Clint Bowyer. In 30 races so far in 2008, Keselowski and the No. 88 Navy team have scored two wins, one pole award, 10 top-fives and 17 top-10 finishes. Keselowski's average finish is 10.9 and he has led 293 laps and completed 98.3 percent of the total laps run this year.

MAKING HIS DEBUT - This weekend, Keselowski will attempt to qualify for the Bank of America 500 in the No. 25 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. This is the first of two Sprint Cup races Keselowski will attempt to qualify for - the other being the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2nd.

CONTINUING THE TREND - Since his last visit to Lowe's Motor Speedway in May, Brad Keselowski has an average finish of fourth at 1.5-mile tracks. The JR Motorsports driver has scored finishes of third, fourth, third and sixth in his last four starts on 1.5-mile tracks - Lowe's Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas Speedway. In six races at 1.5-mile tracks this year, Keselowski's average finish is ninth.

IN THE LOOP - Keselowski has posted some of the top Loop Data statistics in the Nationwide Series this season. He leads the series in Quality Passes (passes made of cars in the top 15 under green) with 820, and has the best Pass Differential (passes minus times passed) with 187. Keselowski also has a Driver Rating of 95.6 (fourth) and an Average Running Position of 12.1 (fifth).

CHASSIS No. 356 - The No. 88 team will use Chassis No. 356 this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. This will be the fourth time the team has raced this car in 2008. Keselowski finished third and led 25 laps in this car at LMS in May.

CHECKING ON HIS RECRUITS - This week Earnhardt Jr. traveled to Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. to visit his recruits of the U.S. Navy's "Dale Jr. Division," the first-ever national recruiting division of its kind. You may recall, Earnhardt Jr. drove the No. 83 U.S. Navy "Dale Jr. Division" Chevrolet in the spring race at Lowe's Motor Speedway to garner interest in the campaign's launch. More than 160 recruits enlisted in the division, far exceeding the 88 slots available, so the Navy to created "two" Dale Jr. Divisions. On Aug. 27th, two days after his recruits arrived at Great Lakes, Earnhardt Jr. appeared at the base to commission the divisions, present them with their division flags, and offer encouragement as they embarked on their rigorous eight-week training program. On Tuesday, Earnhardt Jr. returned to RTC to check on the progress of his recruits, as they are now one week away from graduation. Still and video imagery is available.

"It was amazing to see how far they had come in such a short period of time," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I commend those young men and women for the commitment they made, and for sticking with it. And I applaud the Navy for the training and instruction they gave to these recruits. They were totally different people from when I saw them the first time. It was hard to believe."

DALE JR. CELEBRITY SPORTS AUCTION - The No. 88 Navy Chevrolet will feature the logo of the Dale Jr. Celebrity Sports Auction on the decklid this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The event is scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Concord (N.C.) Convention Center. Keselowski will join team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and teammate Landon Cassill in a roundtable discussion with other celebrities including Elliott Sadler, Dale Jarrett, Kerry Earnhardt and Ryder Cup team member Boo Weekley. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Dale Jr. Foundation, Make-A-Wish and Victory Junction Gang Camp. There will also be a charity concert at Whisky River the night before featuring Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Gary Allan with NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kyle Petty as an opening act. Tickets for the Dale Jr. Celebrity Sports Auction and concert are on currently on sale. For more information on the event and how to get your tickets, visit www.thedalejrfoundation.org.

FLEET HONOREE - The No. 88 Navy team's Fleet Honoree for Friday's race is the USS SAN JUAN (SSN 751). The USS SAN JUAN is a fast-attack nuclear submarine of the SSN 688 Los Angeles Class assigned to Commander, Submarine Development Squadron Twelve at Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. The San Juan's capabilities define her mission. She is equipped with the A/N BQQ-10 Sonar, the AN/BYG-1 Fire Control System; the most advanced sonar and fire control system in the Submarine Force. Her four horizontal torpedo tubes are used for action against hostile submarines (USW) and surface ships (SUW). Her twelve vertical launch tubes for Tomahawk missiles give her powerful land attack strike ability (STW). Additionally, her special operation capabilities include mine laying, surveillance, and delivery and retrieval of Special Forces. San Juan has been specially designed to operate quietly and indefinitely at high speeds while completely submerged, giving her great tactical advantage in offensive and defensive action. San Juan is the first of the improved SSN 688 Los Angeles Class that is fully under ice capable.

KESELOWSKI (on returning to Lowe's Motor Speedway) - "We had a really good car here in the spring, one that was capable of winning. We are bringing back that same car this weekend and I'm hopeful that we can have the same result. My Navy team had some great pit stops in Kansas and I know they will be ready for the challenge again this week."

KESELOWSKI (on running both the Nationwide and Cup races this weekend) - "I think it's a mental challenge going between the two cars because they drive so much different, but the big thing is the track itself. You get to learn a lot about it. You get to see how it changes with the temperature. You know the track is constantly changing, not only with temperature, but the way the tires lay rubber into it. You get to learn a lot about the track, so I think it's an advantage all in all."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Dale Jarrett , Kyle Petty , Kerry Earnhardt , Landon Cassill , Clint Bowyer , Elliott Sadler , Brad Keselowski
Teams JR Motorsports