Daytona II: Brad Keselowski preview

SEASON STATS - Coming off of his fifth consecutive top-three finish, Keselowski remains alive in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship picture. After his third-place finish at New Hampshire last weekend, Keselowski gained 10 points on second...

SEASON STATS - Coming off of his fifth consecutive top-three finish, Keselowski remains alive in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship picture. After his third-place finish at New Hampshire last weekend, Keselowski gained 10 points on second place Carl Edwards, but remains third in the championship standings, 243 points back from leader Kyle Busch. In 16 races, Keselowski and the No. 88 team have one win, nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. His average starting position is 15.4 and average finish is 8.8.

KESELOWSKI AT DAYTONA - Keselowski will be making his fourth Nationwide Series start this weekend at Daytona International Speedway for JR Motorsports. In the first three starts, his average starting spot is 10.0 and his average finish is 14.3. In the July race last season, Keselowski started second, finished fifth and led 28 laps.

IN THE LOOP - According to NASCAR Loop Statistics, Keselowski ranks first among NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers in quality passes with 562 made in the first 16 races of the season. A quality pass is made while running in the top-15 under green flag conditions.

NOCTURNAL COMPETITOR - Keselowski continues to perform well at races held under the lights. This season, he has an average finish of 4.9 in any race started after 6:30 p.m. and of those finishes, none are lower than 11th.

RACING WITH THE BOSS - For the sixth time this season, Keselowski will compete on track against team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Friday's race at Daytona. Earnhardt Jr. will drive the No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. This season, Keselowski amassed one top-five and two top-10 finishes when he raced with Dale Jr. as a teammate.

FINAL CURTAIN - This weekend marks the final time for sponsor Klondike on the hood of Keselowski's No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevy. Klondike was the primary sponsor of the No. 88 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (2/28) and Talladega Superspeedway (4/25), where Keselowski earned the sponsor's highest finish of ninth.

DOUBLE DUTY - Keselowski will attempt to make the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona this weekend in the No. 09 Miccosukee Indian Gaming Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing, his second attempt this season at this track. He is coming off of a sixth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend, his third top-10 finish in his last three Cup Series starts.

CHASSIS NO. 222 - The No. 88 Klondike team will run Chassis No. 222 this weekend in the Subway Jalapeno 250. This car was most recently raced at Talladega Superspeedway in April where Keselowski started 10th and finished ninth. He also raced Chassis 222 at Daytona in the season opener.

EDUCATION FOR ELI: With the effort and support of the entire NASCAR community, a college fund has been set up for Eli Ross, the 2-year-old grandson of late motorsports journalist David Poole, who passed away on April 28. Anyone interested in contributing to the "Education for Eli" fund can do so by sending donations to the following address:

Eli Samuel Ross
Bank of Stanly
Attn: Misty Nordan
P.O. Box 539
Oakboro, NC 28129
(Please make checks payable to "Eli Ross Account" at Bank of Stanly.)

For more information, please call the Bank of Stanly at 704.485.3435.

KESELOWSKI (on coming back to Daytona...) - "I've been looking forward to coming back to Daytona for a while now. We had such a strong car and a great run going in the spring, but I got a little too aggressive and got into the wall there at the end just going all out for the win. I guess I just kind of want that one back. We are bringing back that same car and it's the one I had in Talladega as well where we had a top-10 finish. I just want to continue to ride this momentum with my team and hopefully it will take us to victory lane."

KESELOWSKI (on having Dale Jr. as a teammate...) - "I'm always grateful to have a teammate out there with me on the track and in the garage and I can definitely tell a difference when we have the No. 5 team around. It's even better when I have someone like Dale Jr. at a place like Daytona. He obviously has solid experience there and has the finishes to back it up. He and I have had a lot of fun this year racing together and drafting together at these restrictor plate races. I think it would be really great to get a one-two finish this weekend for JR Motorsports."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski
Teams JR Motorsports , Phoenix Racing