Nashville II: Brad Keselowski preview

KESELOWSKI AT NASHVILLE -- Brad Keselowski and the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS team are set to return to Nashville Superspeedway for Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300. Keselowski finished ...

KESELOWSKI AT NASHVILLE -- Brad Keselowski and the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS team are set to return to Nashville Superspeedway for Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300. Keselowski finished fourth in his last race at the 1333-mile track back in March.

KESELOWSKI ON A ROLL -- Just 14 races into the 2008 season, Keselowski and the Navy team have compiled 3 top fives and 11 top-10 finishes, and he leads the Nationwide Series in green-flag passes with 700 so far this year. He has scored four top-15 finishes in-a-row heading into Saturday's race at Nashville Superspeedway.

TOP FIVE -- Keselowski currently sits fifth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings. He is ranked behind Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and David Reutimann -- all drivers who compete on a full-time basis in the Sprint Cup Series. Keselowski is 212 points out of first place and only 46 points behind Reutimann who holds the fourth-place spot.

CMA FAN FEST -- Keselowski will head to Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday this week to participate in the CMA Fan Fest. He and several other Chevy Nationwide Series drivers will join in for the kick off parade and CMA Block Party on Wednesday. On Thursday he will meet fans and sign autographs in the Sports Zone.

CHASSIS NO. 318 -- The No. 88 Navy team will utilize Chassis No. 318 this weekend at Nashville. Saturday's race will be the fifth time the team has raced this car in 2008. Keselowski finished fourth in the Spring race at Nashville in this car and sixth at Atlanta in March. He also scored twin 15th-place finishes at Texas and Darlington in Chassis No. 318.

MOBILE DIVING AND SALVAGE UNIT TWO -- The Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit TWO is the Navy team's Fleet Honoree this weekend in Nashville. The unit was originally established in 1966, but was refocused on salvage operations and specialized diving missions in 1982. Last August members of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit TWO assembled dive assets, were transported from Norfolk, Va., to the Mississippi River and were ready to dive in less than 24 hours to help in the recovery efforts following the collapse of Interstate Highway 35 in Minneapolis, Minn.

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KESELOWSKI (on the track surface at Nashville, tire management and track position--) -- "I seem to run pretty well at the concrete tracks we race on. We only race at a few concrete tracks in the Nationwide Series, and they present a unique challenge to the teams. The surface at Nashville is particularly hard on tires. It's almost like running across a washboard. The concrete surface just kills the tires, so tire management really comes into play. Track position is also really important to finishing well at Nashville. Between the two it creates somewhat of a balancing act -- trying to stay with the front of the pack and yet not kill your tires early in the run. The teams that manage that balance well tend to run toward the front."

KESELOWSKI (on the pressures of racing for Dale Earnhardt Jr--) -- "The pressure of Dale Jr. isn't too bad -- It's the pressure of driving for a well-funded team with a good sponsor. You only get so many opportunities like that, and this is really my first opportunity like that. When you're in a situation like this you have to realize that you probably won't get a second chance, so you've got to make the most of it. So far, that's what we've been doing. We've been running up front. Now we need to go win some races and we'll solidify ourselves. "

KESELOWSKI (on his shot at winning in Nashville--) -- "Every race is an opportunity for us to win and that we have a shot at winning any of the races we go to this year. I'm very excited about that. I'm very excited about being with the Navy team and to have the people and equipment to be in that position in each week."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , David Reutimann , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch