Keselowski Excited About the Banks at Dover and NASCAR Approval: After two weeks of anticipation following the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, 20-year old Brad Keselowski received approval from NASCAR to compete this weekend at the Dover ...
Keselowski Excited About the Banks at Dover and NASCAR Approval:
After two weeks of anticipation following the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, 20-year old Brad Keselowski received approval from NASCAR to compete this weekend at the Dover International Speedway in the MBNA America 200. Keselowski, who will make his third career NCTS start this weekend, ran second to series veteran, Ted Musgrave, through much of the Mansfield event before finishing in the 16th position. Keselowski also competed in the Martinsville event where he finished 33rd completing nearly all the laps in the event. The NASCAR approval process for drivers required Keselowski to compete to NASCAR's satisfaction at a half-mile race before allowing him to compete on a one-mile track. In order to further his approval for Dover, Keselowski also competed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series event last weekend at the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte where he spent much of the evening running in the top ten before a blown tire forced him to pit and take a 17th place finish.
"I have to say I am pretty happy that I get to compete at Dover this weekend," said Keselowski. "It is nerve-wracking to wait for approval, but it is a great gauge to make sure that we, as drivers, are ready to compete on the next level of race track. This was a tough wait though because we really didn't know who else would drive the truck if I wasn't able to. Frank (Kimmel) has another commitment this weekend in Kansas and we want to have a good showing for the team each weekend in order to lure sponsors to K Automotive. That is probably one of the hardest parts about this season. I am trying to learn these race tracks and run well, but at the same time I know how important it is to have a strong run to show well to potential sponsors."
K Automotive has a string of solid finishes at the Dover International Speedway over the past three seasons earning two top ten finishes and an 11th place finish. This race will be different from the previous three years in that the team will be more focused on getting laps in for the youngest Keselowski and bringing the No. 29 K Automotive Ford back to Michigan intact.
"We are using this entire race weekend as more of a test session," said Keselowski. "I need the time to learn Dover and the team needs a solid run without a torn up race truck. We are really going to concentrate on the practice session and then simply run consistent laps during the race."
The MBNA America 200 will take the green flag on Friday, June 4 at 4:00pm ET and can be seen live on Speed Channel.