Phoenix II: Brad Keselowski preview

WITHIN REACH - With his fifth-place finish last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski moved to within 20 points of second place Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings. Keselowski has been ranked in the top-three in...

WITHIN REACH - With his fifth-place finish last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski moved to within 20 points of second place Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings. Keselowski has been ranked in the top-three in points for 20 consecutive weeks this season. This is the closest Keselowski has been to second since 2008, when he held the position for nine weeks throughout the summer. Keselowski is 292 points behind leader Kyle Busch. In 33 races, Keselowski and the No. 88 team have four wins, 21 top-fives, 27 top-10s and two pole awards. His average starting position is 13.2 and average finish is 6.8.

KESELOWSKI AT PHOENIX - Keselowski will make his fifth career Nationwide Series start at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend for JR Motorsports. In his previous starts, Keselowski has scored one top-five finish which came in the spring. He has also made two Camping World Truck Series starts, scoring one top-10 finish.

MAGICAL MILES - Keselowski has shown a lot of strength on tracks measuring one mile or less this season. These tracks include Bristol Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Dover International Speedway, The Milwaukee Mile, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, O'Reilly Raceway Park and Iowa Speedway. In the 12 races at these tracks in 2009, Keselowski has scored three wins, 11 top-fives and one pole award. The only finish outside of the top-five on one of these tracks came at Bristol in the spring where Keselowski finished 12th.

IN THE LOOP - Keselowski leads two categories in NASCAR Nationwide Series loop statistics: Quality Passes and Laps Run. A Quality Pass is a pass completed while running in the top 15 under green flag conditions. Keselowski leads all drivers with 1,128 quality passes. Keselowski has also completed 6,263 of 6,306 laps for a 99.3 percent completion rate which tops all competitors in the Nationwide Series.

HOME TO GODADDY.COM - This weekend, Keselowski will make a stop in Scottsdale, Ariz. at the headquarters of primary sponsor GoDaddy.com. The No. 88 GoDaddy.com team will also host GoDaddy girl and LPGA golfer Anna Rawson at Saturday's race.

CHASSIS NO. 528 - The No. 88 GoDaddy.com team will run Chassis No. 528 this weekend in the Able Body Labor 200. This car was last run at Memphis Motorsports Park where Keselowski started seventh and won the event after leading 34 laps.

DEGREE V12 CHALLENGE - NASCAR fans still have a chance to team up with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski in the Degree V12 Challenge. Players compete against each other for a chance to win a variety of great prizes including tailgate entertainment systems, gaming packages, cash, and more! Visit www.DegreeRacing.com to register for the Degree V12 Challenge and begin racing to win. (No purchase necessary. Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited. Ends 12/27/09. Visit www.DegreeRacing.com for complete rules.)

KESELOWSKI (on closing in on second place in the point standings and coming back to Phoenix) - "It's pretty exciting to have moved that close to Carl (Edwards) in the point standings. I really think we have a shot at finishing in second. We had a really good run here in the spring, and we've been able to run well at mile tracks similar to Phoenix all year long. I think we have the potential for a really great finish this weekend. We are bringing the car I won with three weeks ago at Memphis as well. We still have two races left in the season and anything can happen. I think last weekend's Cup race proved that all too well."

KESELOWSKI (on getting to visit GoDaddy.com HQ) - "This will be my first trip to the GoDaddy.com headquarters, and I'm excited to see it and interact with some of the folks that work there. GoDaddy.com has been such a great sponsor this year, and we've had really good luck in that bright orange and green No. 88 all season. Three of my four wins have come when GoDaddy was on the hood. I'm also excited to have Anna (Rawson, GoDaddy girl and LPGA golfer) come to her first race. I worked with her earlier in the season on a TV feature where we got to kind of switch places- she taught me to golf and I showed her some things in a go-kart. I think it's pretty cool that she'll finally be able to see racing up close and personal."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch