Loudon: Brad Keselowski preview

SEASON STATS - On the heels of four straight top-three finishes, Keselowski enters the weekend very much in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship picture. He remains in third spot, 218 points back from leader Kyle Busch. In 15 races,...

SEASON STATS - On the heels of four straight top-three finishes, Keselowski enters the weekend very much in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship picture. He remains in third spot, 218 points back from leader Kyle Busch. In 15 races, Keselowski and the No. 88 team have one win, eight top-fives and 10 top-10s. His average starting position is 16.0 and average finish is 9.2.

LAP LEADER - Keselowski's 23 laps led at Milwaukee were a season-best, topping his previous high of 19 at Talladega (4/25). Keselowski has led laps in seven of 15 events this year for a total of 63 laps. This puts Keselowski seventh among Nationwide Series lap leaders.

KESELOWSKI AT NEW HAMPSHIRE - Keselowski will be making his second Nationwide Series start this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In his first attempt last season, Keselowski qualified ninth and finished 10th. Keselowski also ran a race in the truck series at NHMS in 2005 where he started 30th and finished 21st after leading three laps.

ONE-MILE WONDER - Keselowski has finished no worse than third at the three one-mile tracks this season. He scored third-place finishes at both Phoenix (4/17) and Milwaukee (6/20), and he won at Dover (5/30).

CONTINUED SUCCESS - After a rocky start to the season with finishes of 22nd or worse in the first three races, Keselowski has not had a finish lower than 12th since Las Vegas (2/28). In the last 11 races, Keselowski has finished in the top-three seven times, including one win at Dover.

DOUBLE DUTY - Keselowski will be attempting to make the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at NHMS this weekend in the No. 09 Miccosukee Indian Gaming Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing. The last time Keselowski piloted the No. 09 was at Talladega Superspeedway where he drove to his first win in only his fifth series start. The win was also the first for owner James Finch.

COMING HOME - This weekend's race in New England will be a homecoming for No. 88 shock specialist Katie Muir. Muir is from Rutland, Mass. which is just over 100 miles from Loudon, N.H.

CHASSIS NO. 528 - The No. 88 GoDaddy.com team will run Chassis No. 528 this weekend in the Camping World RV Sales 200, the same car he raced in Milwaukee last weekend, where Keselowski started fifth and finished third. Because both tracks are located in the northern part of the country, turnaround time to get the car ready to race in Loudon was very short. Shop employees came in early and worked hard to get the car turned around in one day.

KESELOWSKI (on coming to Loudon after Milwaukee...) -
"It's kind of nice going to these two tracks one right after the other because they are both so similar. Loudon is just a bit longer, but the banking is almost identical to what it is at Milwaukee. And we are actually bringing the same car to Loudon that we used last weekend. I'm hoping we can carry the momentum of the third-place finish over from last weekend and improve upon it in Loudon."

KESELOWSKI (on the finishes the last few weeks...) -
"We're working on it and we're right there every week. We just need a little bit more to get the win. We're trying to find that little piece we're missing and working real hard to get the GoDaddy.com Chevy to victory lane. Believe me, I'm thrilled to be getting these consistent top-five and top-three finishes like we have the past couple of weeks. But once you get to victory lane like we did at Dover, you just want to get there again and I'm certainly no exception to that rule."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch
Teams Phoenix Racing