Loudon: Brad Keselowski preview

BACK TO VICTORY LANE - On Saturday Brad Keselowski will be looking to return to Victory Lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet for JR Motorsports first visited Victory Lane in the Nationwide Series earlier...

BACK TO VICTORY LANE - On Saturday Brad Keselowski will be looking to return to Victory Lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet for JR Motorsports first visited Victory Lane in the Nationwide Series earlier this month at Nashville Superspeedway. Despite only having one previous Truck Series start at NHMS, Keselowski has visited Victory Lane at the track on two occasions. The Keselowski-family Truck Series team scored wins at the track in 1999 with Dennis Setzer and in 2002 with Terry Cook. The youngest Keselowski was a crewmember for his family's operation on both occasions. In 1999 he served as the team's scorer for the race and in 2002 he was the team engineer.

LOUDON EXPERIENCE - Keselowski is a Nationwide Series rookie at NHMS this weekend, but he has one Truck Series start at the 1.058-mile track. In 2005 he started 30th, led several laps and finished 21st in his family-owned Truck team entry.

LATEST RESULTS - Last weekend at The Milwaukee Mile Keselowski scored his first Nationwide Series pole award, which was a first for JR Motorsports as well. He went on to lead 145 laps of the 250-lap race, but finished eighth after contact with another competitor damaged the Navy Chevrolet.

JRM NO. 88 SHOWING SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT - The JR Motorsports No. 88 Navy team has come a long way in the last year. At this point last year, 17 races into the season, the team had scored one top-five and four top-10 finishes. The Navy Chevy led 28 laps, had an average start of 23.1, an average finish of 22.7 and was 24th in owner points. In the same period in 2008, the team has one win, one pole award, five top-fives and nine top-10 finishes. The No. 88 Navy Chevy has led 236 laps, has an average start of 12.1, an average finish of 11.3 and the team is currently ranked fourth in the Nationwide owner point standings.

CHASSIS NO. 434 - The No. 88 Navy team will utilize Chassis No. 434 this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This is the same car the team used last weekend at The Milwaukee Mile.

USS CONSTITUTION - The USS Constitution is the Navy team's Fleet Honoree for this weekend's Camping World 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The USS Constitution is the oldest warship afloat still in commission. "Old Ironsides" promotes the United States Navy and America's naval heritage through outreach, public access and historic demonstration, in port and underway.

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KESELOWSKI (on the 2008 season so far…) - "The Navy team has had a great year so far. We made a bunch of goals at the beginning of the year and we're steadily marking them off as we go through the season. We've won our first race and scored a bunch of great finishes so far, but we're focused on winning a few more and continuing to run up front to keep ourselves in contention for the championship."

KESELOWSKI (on the improvements the No. 88 team has made…) - "The No. 88 team has come a long way in the last year. It's been pretty incredible to see the steady improvements everyone has made. We've got great cars and great people who work on them. They've improved a lot and that's allowed me to continue to improve as a driver as well."

KESELOWSKI (on working for his family's team…) - "Working on my family's Truck team was a special experience for all of us. We spent many hours working in the shop together and traveled to all of the races together as well. My recollections of those trips are some of my favorite memories. I think I held just about every job someone could have on a race team during those years. We all pitched in wherever we were needed. I think that experience helps me appreciate things a bit more now as a driver I have a really good understanding of what goes into getting a team to the track to compete and I know just how much wrecking cars puts stress on everyone involved. I also got to see just how much fun it was when we won. We got to experience that a couple times at Loudon, and those are really cool memories."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Terry Cook , Brad Keselowski
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports