Memphis: Brad Keselowski preview

SEASON STATS - Keselowski enters the weekend third in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings, 272 points behind leader Kyle Busch and 77 points behind second place Carl Edwards. This is the 18th consecutive week Keselowski has been in the ...

SEASON STATS - Keselowski enters the weekend third in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings, 272 points behind leader Kyle Busch and 77 points behind second place Carl Edwards. This is the 18th consecutive week Keselowski has been in the top-three in the point standings. In 31 races, Keselowski and the No. 88 team have three wins, 19 top-fives, 25 top-10s and two pole awards. His average starting position is 13.6 and average finish is 7.1.

KESELOWSKI AT MEMPHIS - Keselowski will make his third career Nationwide Series start at Memphis Motorsports Park this weekend for JR Motorsports. In his previous two starts, Keselowski has scored one top-10 finish. Last season, Keselowski was bumped from behind entering turn two on the first lap of the race and finished 17th.

SHORT TRACK ACE - Keselowski has performed very well on short tracks this season. They include Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, O'Reilly Raceway Park, and Iowa Speedway. At those four tracks, Keselowski has earned one win (Iowa), five top-fives and an average finish of 4.6. He has also led 234 of his 343 laps at short tracks in 2009.

STAND-ALONE STANDOUT - The NASCAR Nationwide Series has nine stand-alone events, the last of the season coming this weekend at Memphis. In the previous eight races, Keselowski has finished no lower than eighth with one win (Iowa), seven top-fives and an average finish of 3.6. This is the highest average finish of all series regulars.

NEW JRM TEAMMATE - This weekend, Keselowski will be teamed with Richard Boswell in the No. 5 RCCA Chevy. This is Boswell's debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series after having spent the last four years racing late model cars for JR Motorsports.

CHASSIS NO. 528 - The No. 88 Delphi team will run Chassis No. 528 this weekend in the Kroger On Track for the Cure 250. This car was last run at Richmond International Raceway where Keselowski started fifth and finished fourth.

KESELOWSKI (on why he performs so well at stand-alone races) - "I don't quite know exactly why it is that I have such a good record at these stand-alone races. I know there are a lot fewer Cup guys that come over to race in the stand-alone events because they are off-site from the Cup races or on a Cup off-weekend. The tracks suit my driving style. Iowa, ORP (O'Reilly Raceway Park), Memphis and Gateway are all a little shorter, and I love short track racing. It's what I grew up doing. It's also fun going into the weekend knowing the fans are there just for the Nationwide race and they've come to see us Nationwide guys put on a show."

KESELOWSKI (on having a new teammate this weekend) - "I'm excited to be teamed up with Boswell this weekend. I remember what it was like to be given the opportunity to get in one of these cars when I came over to JR Motorsports in 2007. Boswell has been racing late models for quite a while now, and he is very deserving of the chance he is getting at Memphis. He has done really well on tracks similar to this. I'm anxious to see how he does in his Nationwide Series debut."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports