Nashville: Brad Keselowski preview

LEAVING TEXAS - Brad Keselowski returned to form at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend with a third-place finish in the O'Reilly 300, working his way through the field from at 42nd-place starting position. The finish moved Keselowski up eight spots...

LEAVING TEXAS - Brad Keselowski returned to form at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend with a third-place finish in the O'Reilly 300, working his way through the field from at 42nd-place starting position. The finish moved Keselowski up eight spots in the point standings to seventh, one spot higher than he was last year leaving the fifth race of the season.

RETURNING TO THE SCENE - Keselowski and the No. 88 GoDaddy.com crew returns to Nashville Superspeedway this weekend where the team earned its first ever victory last season. Keselowski ran in the top-10 most of the event and took the lead from Clint Bowyer with five laps to go en route to his first series win.

KESELOWSKI AT NASHVILLE - At Nashville Superspeedway, Keselowski has a total of four Nationwide Series starts (two for JR Motorsports) and one Camping World Truck Series start. In his two starts in a JRM entry, Keselowski's average starting position is 5.0 and average finish is 2.5.

STAND-ALONE STAND-OUT - In 2008, the NASCAR Nationwide Series ran nine "stand-alone" events -- Mexico, Kentucky, Milwaukee (Wis.), Gateway (Ill.), O'Reilly Raceway Park (Ind.), Montreal, Memphis (Tenn.), and twice at Nashville (Tenn.). In these races, Keselowski had six top-10s, four top-fives, one win (Nashville), one pole award (Milwaukee) and an average finish of 8.6. The win and pole were the first of his career in the series.

CHASSIS NO. 403 - The No. 88 GoDaddy.com team will run Chassis No. 403 this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. The car most recently raced at Bristol Motor Speedway three weeks ago, where Keselowski qualified 15th and finished 12th.

IN SEARCH FOR REAL FANS: The online contest announced by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin and Brad Keselowski at Daytona in February is officially underway, as Hellmann's has teamed up with NASCAR to find the biggest, most loyal fans with the Hellmann's NASCAR Real Fan of the Year contest. Fans can enter for a chance to receive a VIP trip for two to Charlotte, N.C. to meet Earnhardt Jr., and finalists will see their faces on the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet during the October Nationwide Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. For more details, log on to www.RealFanOfTheYear.com (No purchase necessary. Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited. Ends 8/31/09. Go to www.RealFanOfTheYear.com for complete rules.)

KESELOWSKI:

(on the Texas weekend and getting over the early obstacles) - "Yeah, we've been through a stretch, some good, some bad. We haven't necessarily gotten the finishes we deserve, but we've run extremely competitive each week, and that's encouraging. I feel like we've had the tools all along. This past weekend at Texas we were finally able to put everything together and get that solid run we've been looking for. My guys did an awesome job getting that back-up car ready and I think they gained me something like four spots on pit road throughout the race. You know, we've had a couple of bad races there, and if you just eliminated one of those bad races, we'd be third in points. But, it's a long season and we've got 29 races left or something like that, which is a lot of races and every week is important. I feel like Texas was a turning point for us and we've got even better things to come, starting this weekend in Nashville."

(on going back to Nashville) - "It is exciting to get back to Nashville. I think we can go there and repeat what we did last June. We've got the effort to do that, and the car to do that. We've made some gains here in the last few weeks which are encouraging to me to go to Nashville. So we'll see."

(on running the first "Dash 4 Cash race at Nashville) - "$25,000 is a lot of money. I was really surprised. It's kind of great of Nationwide to do that. It's going to be awesome. I'm excited about that whole program. I look at the four races, Nashville, Iowa, Kentucky and Memphis, and I think we've got a good shot of winning the whole thing. I'd sure like to hold that check up in Victory Lane, that's for sure. But we're going to have some tough competition to do it with Kyle, Carl, and a couple of the other guys running well. I really think Kelly Bires is going to run strong too at Nashville, I'm kind of excited for him. So I'm sure I'll have some competition for it. But there is some motivation for sure to go out there and get that."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Clint Bowyer , Brad Keselowski , Kelly Bires , Mark Martin
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports