Charlotte II: Brad Keselowski preview

AT LOWE'S: Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 25 Chevrolet, will attempt to qualify for Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He last tried to secure a starting spot at the 1.5-mile oval in October 2008,...

AT LOWE'S: Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 25 Chevrolet, will attempt to qualify for Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He last tried to secure a starting spot at the 1.5-mile oval in October 2008, when he attempted to make his Cup debut driving the No. 25 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. Rain canceled qualifying that day, and Keselowki's Cup debut had to wait until Nov. 2, 2008, at Texas Motor Speedway.

THIS SEASON: Keselowski, who is splitting time this season qualifying Sprint Cup Chevrolets for Hendrick Motorsports and Phoenix Racing, has recorded one win, one top-five finish and three top-10s in 10 Cup starts. In his most recent outing with Hendrick Motorsports -- Oct. 4 at Kansas Speedway -- Keselowski started a career-high third and remained in the top five for much of the race before finishing 13th.

LAST RUN: This weekend, Keselowski will make his final scheduled attempt to qualify the No. 25 Chevy. In six Cup starts with Hendrick Motorsports, Keselowski has scored one top-10 finish -- seventh at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway -- and a career-best qualifying position of third at Kansas Speedway.

LOWE'S EXPERIENCE: In four previous NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Keselowski has one top-five finish and three top-10s. Last May, Keselowski got a taste of Cup racing on the 1.5-mile racetrack when he lined up 10th for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and finished 17th. Keselowski qualified for the exhibition event by winning at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in the No. 09 Chevy of Phoenix Racing.

DOUBLE DUTY WEEKEND: In addition to the No. 25 Chevrolet, Keselowski will drive the No. 88 Chevrolet this weekend in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports. Keselowski is ranked third in the Nationwide driver standings and is coming off a fifth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway last weekend.

NATIONWIDE MILESTONE: On Friday, Keselowski will make his 100th career Nationwide Series start. In 99 races so far, Keselowski has earned five wins, 30 top-five finishes, 49 top-10s and three pole positions.

CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Tony Eury Jr. has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 25-537 for this weekend's event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. This is the same car Keselowski raced to a seventh-place finish at Darlington earlier this season.

HENDRICK AT LOWE'S: Hendrick Motorsports, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season, has 15 Cup wins, 13 pole positions, 45 top-five finishes and 69 top-10s in 51 races (166 starts) at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

ONE-TWO FINISH(ES): Out of Hendrick Motorsports' 11 Cup wins this season, seven have involved one-two finishes with its Chevrolets. Hendrick drivers have scored the first and second spots at Auto Club Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Overall, Hendrick Motorsports has tallied 29 one-two finishes since first fielding a multi-car team in 1986.

BRAD KESELOWSKI, DRIVER, NO. 25 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET (ON RACING AT LOWE'S AND HIS TIME IN THE NO. 25 CAR FOR HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS.): "It's kind of cool that my last race here in the No. 25 car at Lowe's is coming at the same place where it all began. Even though I didn't get to race that weekend last year because of the weather, it was still my first competitive opportunity in the car. We have made so much progress since last year, and I really feel like this car is competitive week in and week out. It was great to be able to start up front and run there for a while in Kansas a few weeks ago. We have had all the components there for a good finish, too; it just seems something happens outside of our control to prevent it. I'm hopeful that we can turn that around this weekend in my final start with this team."

TONY EURY, JR., CREW CHIEF, NO. 25 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET (ON RETURNING TO LOWE'S.): "I think it will be a good time. We're looking forward to going over there in the last race with Brad. We got a good finish at Kansas and a good qualifying effort, so we're pumped up about going to Lowe's. We're looking forward to ending the show with a bang."

EURY (ON KESELOWSKI'S GROWTH IN CUP RACING.): "Brad has a lot more confidence now. He's learned to qualify a whole lot better, which has made our races easier. Now he's able to learn how to race and articulate the little things he needs help on. Overall he has more confidence."

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brad Keselowski , Tony Eury Jr.
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , JR Motorsports , Phoenix Racing