Milwaukee: Brad Keselowski preview

KESELOWSKI BACK AT MILWAUKEE-- What a difference a year makes. The saying couldn't be any truer for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brad Keselowski. One year ago the young racer traveled to The Milwaukee Mile for the Nationwide race without a...

KESELOWSKI BACK AT MILWAUKEE-- What a difference a year makes. The saying couldn't be any truer for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brad Keselowski. One year ago the young racer traveled to The Milwaukee Mile for the Nationwide race without a ride, as the team he'd competed with through the first part of the season had closed its doors. He spent the weekend walking through the garage area talking to various teams to see what might be available. This year he returns as the driver of the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, has his first series win under his belt and sits second in the point standings leading into Saturday's Camping World RV Rental 250.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING -- Since joining JR Motorsports last July, Keselowski and the No. 88 Navy team have racked up some impressive statistics. In 30 races with the team he's scored one win, five top fives, 13 top 10s and 20 top 15s. He's also led 114 laps, completed 95.9 percent of the laps run and has an average finish of 14.5.

GETTING CLOSER -- Keselowski jumped up three spots in the Nationwide Series driver point standings after scoring a fourth-place finish in last weekend's race at Kentucky Speedway. He now sits just 170 points behind Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer. Keselowski is five points ahead of David Reutimann and has a 55-point cushion over defending champion Carl Edwards.

MILWAUKEE EXPERIENCE -- Saturday's race will be Keselowski's first Nationwide Series start at The Milwaukee Mile, but he has two previous Truck Series starts for his family-owned team at the one-mile track. His best finish there was 18th in 2004.

CHASSIS NO. 434 -- The No. 88 Navy team will utilize Chassis No. 434 this weekend at The Milwaukee Mile. Keselowski started second and finished 12th in this car at Phoenix International Raceway in April.

VISIT TO USS LABOON -- Keselowski spent Monday aboard the USS Laboon off the coast of Norfolk, Va. While aboard, he visited sailors stationed on the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, briefly drove the ship, signed autographs and toured the vessel. The USS Laboon was the Fleet Honoree for the Navy team in March at Bristol Motor Speedway. **Photos from Keselowski's trip aboard the USS Laboon are available by contacting Annette Randall See above for contact information.**

USS FREEDOM -- The USS Freedom (LCS 1) is the Navy team's Fleet Honoree at The Milwaukee Mile. The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is the Navy's newest class of combatant.

KESELOWSKI (on returning to Milwaukee after the last year--) - "It's almost overwhelming to look back on the last year and really get a grasp on how much things have changed. I honestly didn't know what I was going to do when I went to Milwaukee last June. I didn't have a ride and didn't really have a whole lot of options at the time. I ended up talking with Todd Bodine that weekend and when the opportunity came up the following week with Germain Racing, I got the call. It sort of all fell into place after that. To come back to Milwaukee after everything I've done since then is pretty special. I've got a great ride with JR Motorsports and the Navy and we're giving it all we've got each weekend."

KESELOWSKI (on the 2008 season--) - "We've been knocking at the door all year and finally scored our first win the other week at Nashville. This year has just been incredible. The team has continued to improve and so have I. We're taking great cars to the track each week and running up front. We've knocked off a number of great runs lately and being consistent like that is just what we need to make a run for the points title."

KESELOWSKI (on visiting the USS Laboon--) - "I had a great time aboard the USS Laboon this week. Several of the sailors aboard joined my team back in March at Bristol, so they invited us to go see what they do. It was really impressive. I was just in awe of the service those men and women aboard do each day on that ship. It was really cool to get a tour of the Laboon and see all the young sailors working so hard."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Clint Bowyer , Brad Keselowski
Teams Germain Racing , JR Motorsports