Richmond II: Brad Keselowski preview

SEASON STATS - Brad Keselowski remains third in the championship standings, 292 points behind leader Kyle Busch, but only 71 behind second place Carl Edwards. In 26 races, Keselowski and the No. 88 team have three wins, 15 top-fives, 20 top-10s...

SEASON STATS - Brad Keselowski remains third in the championship standings, 292 points behind leader Kyle Busch, but only 71 behind second place Carl Edwards. In 26 races, Keselowski and the No. 88 team have three wins, 15 top-fives, 20 top-10s and two pole awards. His average starting position is 13.4 and average finish is 7.6.

KESELOWSKI AT RICHMOND - Keselowski will make his fifth NASCAR Nationwide Series start for JR Motorsports at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. His best finish at the 0.75-mile track came in this season's spring race where he finished fourth.

SHORT TRACK ACE - Keselowski has shown his prowess on the series' short tracks this season. Since the last race at Richmond in May, Keselowski has scored one win, four top-fives and has an average finish of 3.0 on tracks less than one mile in length. In addition to RIR, these tracks include O'Reilly Raceway Park, Iowa Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway.

SPOTLIGHT ON LIPTON - This weekend will mark the only race in 2009 that Keselowski will carry the Lipton seal on the hood of the No. 88 Chevy, but it's the second time this season that Lipton has sponsored a JR Motorsports car. Lipton was the primary sponsor of the No. 5 Chevy driven by Mark Martin at the Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond in May.

WELCOME BACK WIMMER - Scott Wimmer will return as a teammate for Keselowski this weekend, driving the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevy. In races with Wimmer as a teammate, Keselowski has scored one win (Iowa), three top-five finishes and has an average finish of 4.7.

CHASSIS NO. 528 - The No. 88 Lipton team will run Chassis No. 528 this weekend. This car was last run at O'Reilly Raceway Park in July where Keselowski started seventh and finished fourth. This car was also raced at Richmond in May.

KESELOWSKI (on returning to Richmond) - "It's the final weekend for us of the summer stretch and what a great way to finish it at Richmond under the lights. Richmond is a place I have had some struggles, but we had a pretty good run here in the spring and I'm ready to back that up this weekend. From what I remember, there was a lot of beating and banging in our first race and I don't expect anything different this time. We want to give these fans a good show and I think they'll get that with the close, side-by-side racing under the lights that they have come to expect."

KESELOWSKI (on the points battle) - "Including this weekend, we have nine races to go in the season which, is plenty of time to make up points. Up until last weekend at Atlanta, we were gaining on the leader and we're still continuing to gain on second place. Just like last season, one race can make a huge difference in the point standings. Just look at my fall race in California last year. That finish kind of took us out of the thick of things in a hurry. Alan Kulwicki was running for a championship in 1992 and wrecked out at Dover with six races to go which put him about 280 points out. He still came back and won the title that year which goes to show you that anything is possible."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Scott Wimmer , Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin , Alan Kulwicki
Teams JR Motorsports