Rookie Keselowski Shows Veteran Patience at Mansfield Short Track Brad Keselowski, 20-year old rookie contender, showed the patience of a veteran racer this afternoon at the .44-mile Mansfield Motorsports Speedway as he competed in the second ...
Rookie Keselowski Shows Veteran Patience at Mansfield Short Track
Brad Keselowski, 20-year old rookie contender, showed the patience of a veteran racer this afternoon at the .44-mile Mansfield Motorsports Speedway as he competed in the second position for part of the event before bringing the No. 29 K Automotive Ford home in the 16th position. Keselowski had one of the cleanest trucks in the garage area as he made a point of keeping the fenders on the truck rather than tearing them up while trying to get to the front with too much aggression. The UAW-GM Ohio 250 marked Keselowski's second career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and his best career finish to date.
"While I'm really happy with the run we had today," said Keselowski. "I have to say I'm still a little disappointed with the finish position we earned. This K Automotive Ford was so strong and I think we were able to show that strength when we were running in the second position and battling with (Ted) Musgrave for the lead. The truck was just perfect early in the race, but as it went on we developed an extremely tight condition. We were really trying to make it on one pit stop, but in the end I think the pit strategy hurt us a little bit by pitting later than some of the other trucks that were up front at the end of the race."
Keselowski battled with the veterans of the NCTS this afternoon, but knew that keeping the truck out of the on-track incidents was the way he wanted to finish out the afternoon. Keselowski avoided several accidents including a multi-truck accident on the backstretch which brought out the red flag on lap 231.
"Today was just all about having patience," said Keselowski. "There is a bigger picture to this race team right now and that is securing sponsorship for the rest of the 2004 season and into 2005. Today we were able to keep all the fenders on the truck and finish on the lead lap. I know that is what we have to do in order to keep moving forward. There are a lot of trucks out there that can push their way to the front and I probably didn't finish as high as I could have by racing that way. That was certainly not easy, but it all comes down to that bigger picture and that is what I am staying focused on."
The next event on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule is the Charlotte Tailgate 200 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Five-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Frank Kimmel is scheduled to pilot the No. 29 K Automotive Ford for the Charlotte event while Keselowski works to get NASCAR approval for the next event at the Dover International Speedway.