Phoenix: Brad Keselowski preview

LEAVING NASHVILLE- Brad Keselowski followed up his first top-five finish of the season at Texas Motor Speedway with another solid third-place run at Nashville Superspeedway last weekend. This moved him up two spots to fifth in the point standings,...

LEAVING NASHVILLE- Brad Keselowski followed up his first top-five finish of the season at Texas Motor Speedway with another solid third-place run at Nashville Superspeedway last weekend. This moved him up two spots to fifth in the point standings, 29 points out of fourth and 226 points back from leader Carl Edwards.

KESELOWSKI AT PHOENIX - Between the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series, Keselowski has a total of six career starts at Phoenix International Raceway. Last fall in the NCWTS event, Keselowski raced his own No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing entry to a sixth-place finish. In the Nationwide race, Keselowski was running in the top-three before a slow-leaking flat tire forced the driver to pit under green, losing two-laps en route to a 21st-place finish.

No. 88 CREW SHINES AT NASHVILLE - The No. 88 pit crew had an exceptional race on Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway. Under a lap-30 caution, Keselowski came onto pit road in the 10th spot and left in fifth after the crew gained him five spots with a 13.9- second pit stop. Through the remainder of the race, the crew never lost a position on pit road.

FIRST FOR DELPHI - Delphi will make its debut on the hood of Keselowski's No. 88 Chevrolet this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. This is the first of six times that Delphi will adorn the hood of the No. 88; the others being Richmond (Va.), Darlington (S.C), Atlanta (Ga.), Kansas, and Memphis (Tenn.).

CHASSIS NO. 528 - The No. 88 GoDaddy.com team will run Chassis No. 528 this weekend in the Basha's Supermarket 200. This is a brand new car.

KESELOWSKI (on the effort of his crew in Nashville) - "My stops were awesome on pit road in Nashville and I'm real proud of my guys for that. Gaining me those five spots at the beginning of the race was key to our top finish. Through these first couple weeks, the ups and the downs, these guys have put in a first class effort week in and week out getting these cars ready for me to race and that means almost more to me than anything else. Having the effort from a team I know is behind me is what makes this a team sport. I've come from a background where I didn't always have that and so it makes me appreciate my guys so much more."

KESELOWSKI (on trying to find speed on the racetrack) - "We're fighting right now where one or two horsepower is one or two positions on the racetrack and that was not the case before the plate was put on (the Chevy engines). One of the things I can say about our program is that we've found horsepower in the last two weeks and we have two top-fives as a result of it. Its' pretty simple math of how important that is."

KESELOWSKI (on returning to Phoenix) - "I really enjoy Phoenix and being able to race there. I had a really solid run going there in the fall before the flat tire kind of took us out of the running. My team is bringing a brand new car out here, but we were able to learn a lot of things in the race last fall that we will be able to use this weekend for sure."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski