Youngest Keselowski Gaining Experience, Improving Performance Entering Fifth NCTS Career Start: From speedways to short tracks, 20-year old rookie, Brad Keselowski is learning each weekend he competes on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit.
Youngest Keselowski Gaining Experience, Improving Performance Entering Fifth NCTS Career Start:
From speedways to short tracks, 20-year old rookie, Brad Keselowski is learning each weekend he competes on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit. With this weekend's event at the Memphis Motorsports Park being Keselowski's fifth NCTS career start, he hopes the return to short track racing will begin a trend of finishes that reflect the type of performance he has shown during his first four events.
While his inaugural race at Martinsville found Keselowski experiencing a rookie's race, he rebounded at Mansfield running as high as second before finishing in the 16th position. The 'Monster Mile' of Dover was a challenge for Keselowski as he started in the 24th position and moved through traffic and around the difficult concrete one-mile into the 15th position before and engine failure sprayed oil onto the tires causing the truck to spin into the wall. Texas was another solid performance for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender as he made his way from the 25th starting position all the way into the top ten before a transmission failure forced him to the garage.
"We have had some really solid runs in these first four events," said Keselowski. "We just can't seem to get the finishes at the end to match up with the type of runs we have been having. This is such an incredible opportunity for me to begin with, especially considering that we are still searching for sponsorship funding for the rest of this season and beyond. The trucks have been incredible; we have just experienced some unfortunate luck and some rookie experience too. I really enjoyed running at Texas and Dover, but I think now that we are getting back to a short track, that my confidence has increased some and maybe we are heading to the right track to get that top ten finish we need."
K Automotive is no stranger to success at the half-mile Memphis Motorsports Park. The team has earned three top five finishes and four top ten finishes in their six starts at the track. The O'Reilly 200 will take the green flag at 3:00pm ET, 2:00pm CT and can be seen Live on Speed Channel as well as heard Live on MRN Radio or NASCAR XM Radio, Channel 144.