Watkins Glen: Brad Keselowski preview

ROOKIE STRIPE FOR KESELOWSKI - Since he's never raced at Watkins Glen before, Keselowski's No. 88 Navy Chevrolet will feature a yellow rookie stripe on the bumper for Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series ZIPPO 200. The 24-year-old driver is in the...

ROOKIE STRIPE FOR KESELOWSKI - Since he's never raced at Watkins Glen before, Keselowski's No. 88 Navy Chevrolet will feature a yellow rookie stripe on the bumper for Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series ZIPPO 200. The 24-year-old driver is in the midst of his first full season in the Nationwide Series, and Watkins Glen is the final track on the schedule that he's yet to compete at. Given his lack of experience at The Glen, Keselowski will spend some time running the track on his computer simulator before flying to New York at the end of the week.

KESELOWSKI SOLID IN TOP FIVE - Keselowski is currently ranked third in the Nationwide Series point standings, down one spot from a week ago, but still solidly inside the top five. He sits 184 points behind leader Clint Bowyer and is 16 markers back from Carl Edwards who holds second place. Despite his slip, he still has a considerable lead over David Reutimann (+135 points) and David Ragan (+161 points) who are fourth and fifth in the standings. Keselowski is the only driver in the top five in the standings who doesn't also compete at the NASCAR Sprint Cup level.

ROAD COURSE EXPERIENCE - Keselowski has run two road course races for JR Motorsports this year. In April he finished eighth at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City and last weekend he finished 12th at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

JRM TRIO AT THE GLEN - For the second time this year, Keselowski's No. 88 Navy Chevrolet will be one of three JR Motorsports cars in the weekend's Nationwide Series race. He will be joined on the track at Watkins Glen by team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet and defending Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet.

2008 STATS - With 23 races in the books for the 2008 season, Keselowski and the No. 88 JR Motorsports team have scored one win, one pole award, eight top-fives and 13 top-10 finishes. They've completed 98.3 percent of the laps run and led 268 of those laps. For the season Keselowski has an average starting position of 12.7 and an average finish of 10.7.

CHASSIS NO. 369 - The No. 88 Navy team has chosen Chassis No. 369 for Saturday's race at Watkins Glen. Keselowski has driven this car to finishes of eighth in Mexico City and 12th in Montreal.

NEW SITE FOR BRAD - Keselowski recently launched a new official Web site. Fans can log onto www.bradracing.com/ to learn more about the Rochester Hills, Mich., native and follow his progress through the season. The site was designed by Tangled Spider Design Group.

PATROL SQUADRON EIGHT - The Navy team's Fleet Honoree for this weekend's race at Watkins Glen International is Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8). VP-8's mission is to employ worldwide deployable combat aircrews in all-weather, maritime patrol and reconnaissance P-3C aircraft.Aircrews are trained and ready to execute decisive and effective Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW) and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations to directly support the mission of the Warfare Commander or the Ground Force Commander.

DALE JR. CELEBRITY SPORTS AUCTION - The No. 88 Navy Chevrolet will feature the logo of the Dale Jr. Celebrity Sports Auction on the decklid this weekend at Watkins Glen International. The event is scheduled for Oct. 13, at the Concord (N.C.) Convention Center and will feature a roundtable discussion with celebrities in addition to live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Dale Jr. Foundation, Make-A-Wish and Victory Junction Gang Camp. There will also be a charity concert at Whisky River on Oct. 12 in conjunction with the event. Tickets for the Dale Jr. Celebrity Sports Auction went on sale Monday. For more information on the event and how to get your tickets, visit www.thedalejrfoundation.org.

KESELOWSKI (on racing at Watkins Glen…) - "We meet our goal in Montreal by getting the top-15 finish that we'd set out to get, and we plan to do that again this weekend at Watkins Glen. It's another track that I've never raced at before and only seen on TV, so I've been checking it out on my computer game this week to try to get a sense of what I'm in for when I hit the track for practice on Friday."

KESELOWSKI (on the point battle…) - "We lost ground on Clint [Bowyer] and Carl [Edwards] even though we had a decent finish last weekend in Montreal. We still have a number of races to go and I think we've got a decent shot at getting up there and battling for the lead as we close out the year."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jimmie Johnson , Gilles Villeneuve , David Reutimann , Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski , David Ragan
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports