Keselowski Not Intimidated by First Trip to the Bristol High Banks: There are some race tracks on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit that can strike fear into even the most seasoned veteran driver and the half-mile, high-banks of Bristol ...
Keselowski Not Intimidated by First Trip to the Bristol High Banks: There are some race tracks on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit that can strike fear into even the most seasoned veteran driver and the half-mile, high-banks of Bristol Motor Speedway is definitely one of those race tracks. But for 21-year old, Brad Keselowski, Bristol is just another challenge in a season filled with career firsts for a driver that has seen many of these tracks from the pit box on several occasions in season's past. Keselowski will make his career-first start at Bristol where he has been an observer with his family's K Automotive team on seven previous occasions and this week gets the chance to put his knowledge to the test and tackle Bristol from behind the wheel of his No. 29 Samson Stone Ford.
"I think this is the fun part about this season for me," said Keselowski. "To be able to come to these race tracks where our team has run before and finally get a chance to see if some of my ideas on driving the tracks will prove to be beneficial. Bristol is all about surviving the accidents if you want to take your truck home in one piece and if you want to take home a good finish. But with the track being so small, staying out of trouble is not always up to the driver. This is a race track where it is very important to have a truck with good grip because of the rough surface. But it is just as critical to know when to be patient and when to go."
While Keselowski has not had a lot of NCTS short track experience, he has spent a lot of days running at the short tracks of Michigan and Ohio where he feels like some of that experience will be crucial to success at Bristol.
"I made quite a few starts in my late model at Toledo Speedway," said Keselowski. "I think there are several similarities between Bristol and Toledo because the lap times are almost identical and the track surfaces are a lot alike. I'm not real sure that there are any tracks just like Bristol, but I will use any experience I can draw from to find success this week."
Keselowski is hoping to improve upon the past two events of NCTS competition as the team has been involved in on-track incidents ruining solid runs at both Indianapolis and Nashville which has dropped them from 20th to 23rd in series points. This week the team will bring 'Super Droop' to Bristol after repairing extensive nose damage suffered in a lap three crash at Indianapolis Raceway Park a couple weeks ago. 'Super Droop' has proved to be an impressive short track truck this season and practiced third at Indy after qualifying was rained out.
The O'Reilly 200 will take the green flag at the Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, August 24 at 9:00pm ET and can be seen live on Speed Channel.