Charlotte: JR Motorsports preview

JRM TO FIELD 3 CARS AT LMS -- For the first time in JR Motorsports history the team will field three Chevrolets in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition in Saturday's CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski will drive the...

JRM TO FIELD 3 CARS AT LMS -- For the first time in JR Motorsports history the team will field three Chevrolets in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition in Saturday's CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski will drive the No. 88 Navy Salute the Troops Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be a the wheel of the No. 83 Navy Dale Jr. Division Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, and making his JR Motorsports debut, Jimmie Johnson will drive the No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS.

EARNHARDT JR. TO DEBUT DALE JR. DIVISION -- Saturday's race will mark the launch of the Navy's Dale Jr. Division, an 88-person boot camp division at Recruit Training Command. Earnhardt Jr will drive the No. 83 Navy Dale Jr. Division Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS this weekend in support of the program. The national recruiting effort is the first of its kind for the Navy and will be supported by a marketing and advertising campaign that kicks off on Saturday as well. Recruits who sign up for the Dale Jr. Division will ship to Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., in late August and the division will be commissioned by Earnhardt Jr. after initial in-processing. Earnhardt Jr. will again visit "his" recruits upon completion of their seven-to-eight week course.

KESELOWSKI TO 'SALUTE THE TROOPS' -- For Memorial Day weekend, Keselowski's Navy Chevrolet will sport a special Salute the Troops scheme in honor of the men and women in the armed forces who serve our country. He joins a host of other drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin, in paying tribute to members of the military as part of the Salute the Troops program this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Keselowski's car will feature the Salute the Troops logo, as well as the image of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, who at the height of the Pacific war commanded more than two million men and women, 5,000 ships and 20,000 planes. Apparel and other items featuring the Salute the Troops drivers are available from Motorsports Authentics and a portion of every Salute the Troops merchandise purchase will go to the USO to support the families of the brave men and women of the military.

MEN AND WOMEN SET TO ENLIST -- The first 10 people who signed up to join the Navy's Dale Jr. Division for boot camp at Recruit Training command are set to enlist in the U.S. Navy on Saturday at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

KESELOWSKI AT LMS -- In three Nationwide Series starts at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Keselowski scored his best finish, 11th, in last year's fall event in the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet.

EARNHARDT JR. AT LMS -- Earnhardt Jr. has competed in eight Nationwide Series races at Lowe's Motor Speedway. In those events he's scored four top-five finishes and led 128 laps.

CHASSIS NO. 356 -- Keselowski will race JR Motorsports Chassis No. 356 in the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 on Saturday. He competed in the February Nationwide Series race at California Speedway in this car and ran inside the top 15 until he suffered mechanical problems that relegated him to a 32nd-place finish.

CHASSIS NO. 473 -- Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 83 Navy Dale Jr. Division team will utilize JR Motorsports Chassis No. 473 this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Mark Martin scored JR Motorsports' first win in this car at Las Vegas back in March and Earnhardt Jr. drove No. 473 to a seventh-place finish at Texas in April.

KESELOWSKI TO GIVE CRAMER A RIDE -- Keselowski will give TV personality Jim Cramer of CNBC's "Mad Money" show a ride around Lowe's Motor Speedway in a two-seater No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS prepared by the Richard Petty Driving Experience school. The ride will air in June as part of the NBC primetime four-part special of "Mad Money."

JRM FAN ZONE -- To celebrate race weeks in Charlotte, N.C., JR Motorsports is gearing up for its second year of fan festivities at the Mooresville, N.C., race shop. The two-day Fan Zone celebration on Thursday and Friday will include giveaways, raffles, sampling, games, live entertainment and more. On Friday, WNKS 95.1 KISS FM will host a live remote from JR Motorsports and the team's drivers, including Keselowski, will sign autographs at 12:30 p.m. That evening Charlotte-area cover band Charity Case will perform from 5 -- 7 p.m. before the live QVC "For Race Fans Only" broadcast from 8 -- 10 p.m. For a list of vendors and the schedule of events, log on to www.dalejr.com.

TESTING -- Keselowski and the No. 88 Navy team tested at LMS on May 12-13. He ended the two-day test 10th on the cumulative speed charts. David Green tested JR Motorsports' No. 83 car, but hit the wall on the first day of the open test, ending the team's session early.

RECRUIT TRAINING COMMAND GREAT LAKES -- The Navy team's Fleet Honoree this weekend is Recruit Training Command Great Lakes. The establishment of a naval training station on the Great Lakes was first considered in 1902. RTC received its first trainee in 1911 and has been preparing young men and women to be able-bodied sailors ever since.

EARNHARDT JR. (on JRM fielding three cars) -- "JR Motorsports has come a long way in the last few years. It started out as a one-team deal in a little shop in Mooresville at the end of 2005 and in the last couple years has expanded into a two-car operation that's running up front each week in the Nationwide Series. This year has been really great for the team. We merged the JRM program with Rick's [Hendrick] Nationwide team for 2008 and have been strong right out of the box. Mark Martin scored our company's first Nationwide win back at Vegas and Brad [Keselowski] has been making a name for himself in the series this year with a string of solid runs. This weekend at Charlotte marks another milestone for us -- the first time we've ever attempted to run three teams at this level. It's pretty cool to see something that we've worked hard to build be successful and grow."

EARNHARDT JR. (on the Navy's Dale Jr. Division) -- "My team at JR Motorsports has worked with the Navy to put together a really cool program with the Dale Jr. Division. I've had the opportunity to meet a number of sailors from various commands at the track over the last few years and it's always cool to hear their stories and learn about what they experience on a daily basis in the Navy. It's an honor to be a part of the Navy's first-ever national recruiting campaign and I'm looking forward to going up to Great Lakes to commission them once all 88 recruits are in place."

KESELOWSKI (on special Salute the Troops paint scheme) -- "I'm proud to be a part of the Salute the Troops tribute to the armed forces on Memorial Day weekend. The men and women of our military do so much to protect our country every day. Their hard work, dedication and sacrifices allow us to experience the freedoms we enjoy every day. I have to thank the Navy for being part of this tribute and letting us run this special scheme featuring Admiral Nimitz."

KESELOWSKI (on testing at LMS) -- "The test was pretty decent for the No. 88 Navy team. Our teammates with the No. 83 Navy Chevrolet weren't as fortunate. Between that and our rough weekend at Darlington, we really focused on getting through the test with both of our No. 88 Chevys intact. The biggest thing for us was to keep our two cars in one piece and hopefully learn something. You don't have to be the fastest car on the charts to learn. We went to learn and try to find a few things we could apply when we go back for the race. We were successful with that, so overall it was a good test for us."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , David Green , Richard Petty , Brad Keselowski , Mark Martin
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports