Kansas: Brad Keselowski preview

GOING FOR A FOURTH - Heading in to Saturday's race at Kansas Speedway, Brad Keselowski is aiming to score his fourth top-five finish in a row on 1.5-mile tracks in the Kansas Lottery 300. The driver of the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet for JR Motorsports...

GOING FOR A FOURTH - Heading in to Saturday's race at Kansas Speedway, Brad Keselowski is aiming to score his fourth top-five finish in a row on 1.5-mile tracks in the Kansas Lottery 300. The driver of the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet for JR Motorsports has scored finishes of third, fourth and third in his last three starts on 1.5-mile tracks - Lowe's Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway respectively. In six races at 1.5-mile tracks this year, Keselowski's average finish is ninth.

BACK ON TRACK - After two disappointing races at Richmond International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway, where Keselowski finished 21st and 33rd respectively, the No. 88 Navy team scored its 10th top-five of the season last weekend at Dover International Speedway. It was the team's 16th top-10 finish of the year.

POINT BATTLE - Keselowski gained a little ground on Clint Bowyer and Carl Edwards last weekend at Dover. He remains third in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point battle, 248 markers behind Bowyer and 62 back from Edwards. Keselowski is still the highest-ranked NNS-only driver in the standings.

KESELOWSKI TO CUP - Hendrick Motorsports announced on Monday that Keselowski will race a fifth entry for the team in two races in 2008. The 24-year-old driver will spend Tuesday and Wednesday practicing at Lowe's Motor Speedway in preparation for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start next month at the track. Keselowski is also scheduled to run the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in November for HMS.

CHASSIS NO. 405 - The No. 88 team will utilize Chassis No. 405 this weekend at Kansas Speedway. This will be the fourth time the team has raced this car in 2008. Keselowski finished third in this car at Chicagoland Speedway in July.

SEASON STATS - In 29 races so far in 2008, Keselowski and the No. 88 Navy team have scored two wins, one pole award, 10 top-fives and 16 top-10 finishes. Their average finish is 11.1 and Keselowski has led 293 laps and completed 98.2 percent of the total laps run this year.

FLEET HONOREE - The No. 88 Navy team's Fleet Honoree for Saturday's race at Kansas Speedway is the USS Houston. USS HOUSTON (SSN-713) is a LOS ANGELES-class nuclear powered fast-attack submarine. HOUSTON was originally designed to be a high-speed submarine escort for aircraft carrier battle groups (CVBG's/CVNBG's) and Task Forces (TF's). However, as an extremely versatile platform, HOUSTON supports numerous national military objectives. Through rigorous training and exercises, she maintains the ability to carry the fight to potential enemies at sea or on land with Mark-48 Advanced Capability (ADCAP) torpedoes and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM).

KESELOWSKI (on having a good run at Kansas) - "I've had good cars and great runs at Kansas in the past, but have yet to score a solid finish there. My Navy team has been great on 1.5-mile tracks so far this year, so I'm hoping to break my bad luck streak at Kansas with the No. 88 team. We're taking a car that ran really well at Chicagoland and I'm confident that Pops [crew chief Tony Eury Sr.] and my team will get us dialed in at Kansas this weekend."

KESELOWSKI (on point battle) - "Clint [Bowyer] is still a good ways out, but it's not completely unrealistic to think that we can catch him in the last few races. We've run well in the past at some of the tracks that are coming up on the schedule. We have shot at the championship, but he'll have to have a couple of off weeks for us to be able to seal the deal."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Clint Bowyer , Brad Keselowski
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , JR Motorsports