Dover: Brad Keselowski preview

KESELOWSKI AT DOVER -- Coming into Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200, Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, has two prior Nationwide Series starts at the track and another two...

KESELOWSKI AT DOVER -- Coming into Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200, Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, has two prior Nationwide Series starts at the track and another two in the Truck Series. Keselowski's best finish at the one-mile facility is seventh, which he earned with JR Motorsports in last September's Nationwide race.

JRM RUNNING UP FRONT -- The JR Motorsports teams are fresh off a strong weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. JRM fielded three Nationwide entries in last weekend's race and all three drivers finished in the top 10. Keselowski scored his career-best finish of third in the Navy Chevrolet. Team co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth, right behind Keselowski, in the No. 83 Navy Dale Jr. Division Chevrolet and Jimmie Johnson ended up 10th in the Lowe's Chevrolet.

MOVING ON UP -- With his third-place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Keselowski moved up to fifth in the Nationwide Series point standings. He trails point leader Clint Bowyer by 220 points. Through the first 13 races of the season, Keselowski and the Navy team have scored three top fives and five top-10 finishes. He's led laps in six of the races and his average finish this year is 13.2.

ROOTING FOR THE REDWINGS -- As a native of Rochester Hills, Mich., just 25 miles North of Detroit, Keselowski has been closely following the Detroit Red Wings as they've moved through the NHL playoffs and into the Stanley Cup Finals. The Red Wings are up two games over the Pittsburg Penguins headed into tonight's event. Detroit could sweep the series with wins tonight and Saturday and Keselowski will be playing close attention as his hometown team attempts to win their 11th Stanley Cup.

CHASSIS NO. 403 -- The No. 88 Navy team will utilize Chassis No. 403. The car was last on track at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November with Casey Mears at the wheel. He started ninth and finished 22nd.

USS WHIDBEY ISLAND -- The USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) is the No. 88 Navy team's Fleet Honoree for Saturday's race at Dover International Speedway.

KESELOWSKI (on the characteristics of Dover--) -- "Dover is both physically and mentally challenging. It's really fast and we pull a lot of Gs there. It's kind of like flying with the Blue Angels where you experience a Z-axis G-force. The feel is very different than most tracks we run at where the sensation is more like a lateral G. At Dover you go into the corner really fast and get thrown down into the seat It's a crazy feeling that reminds me a lot of how I felt during some of the maneuvers with the Blue Angels." [Keselowski flew with the Blue Angels in El Centro, Calif., on Feb. 26.]

KESELOWSKI (on racing at Dover--) -- "Dover has always been a good track for me. It's one of the few concrete tracks we run on, and I always seem to run well at those places. With the track surface, tire management and track position are really important. You can't go out and burn your tires up at the start of a run, or you end up at the back of the pack by the end of the race. You've also got to have a good leader on the pit box who knows how to make the right calls during a race to help get the team out front when it matters the most."

KESELOWSKI (on rooting for the Red Wings--) -- "I've been a Red Wings fan for as long as I can remember and it's awesome to see them going for the [Stanley] Cup again. They've had a great year and have been really strong through the playoffs. I wish I could have gotten to one of the final games, but I'll definitely have the game on my TV as soon as I get home from Dover on Saturday."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Clint Bowyer , Brad Keselowski
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports