BUSCH: St. Louis: Brad Keselowski preview

KESELOWSKI READY TO MAKE HIS RETURN TO GATEWAY IN THE NAVY CHEVY * NASCAR Busch Series rookie Brad Keselowski will make his second start for JR Motorsports in the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Saturday's...

KESELOWSKI READY TO MAKE HIS RETURN TO GATEWAY IN THE NAVY CHEVY

* NASCAR Busch Series rookie Brad Keselowski will make his second start for JR Motorsports in the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series 250 at Gateway International Raceway.

* Saturday's race will be Keselowski's first Busch Series start at the 1.25-mile track, but the 23-year-old has competed there twice in the NASCAR Truck Series. In 2004 he finished 20th and in 2005 he finished 15th for his family-owned team.

* In last year's Busch race at Gateway, the JR Motorsports' team finished 25th.

* The JR Motorsports' team is bringing Chassis No. JRM 025 to Gateway this weekend. In the car's last on-track appearance at The Milwaukee Mile in June, the team finished 10th.

* Last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, the JR Motorsports team started the race from 33rd position and finished 14th in a field filled with 23 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers. It was a career-best for Keselowski in the Busch Series. The finish also garnered Keselowski the top Raybestos Rookie award.

* Twenty races into the 2007 season, the JR Motorsports team has collected one top-five and four top-10 finishes. The No. 88 team is ranked 23rd in the owner standings, but is less than 100 points outside of the top 15.

Brad Keselowski, Driver, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet

"Gateway is a pretty cool track. It has really fast straightaways and tight corners. It requires a lot of braking to get through the turns and a lot of guts to bury the throttle off the corner to get down the straightaways. I've had some fun races there in the Truck Series, and I'm looking forward to going back with the Navy team this weekend."

Wes Ward, Crew Chief, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo

"Gateway is another short track on our schedule and our short track program has come a long way this year. We're looking forward to taking Brad there this week to see what we can do. He has some experience at Gateway and that should help us get started when we first hit the track. It'll be hot and slick, but it'll be nice to get back to short track racing."

Navy Notables

The fleet honoree for Saturday's race at Gateway International Raceway is the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCW). Fleet Readiness Center Southwest is the West Coast Tactical Aircraft Depot and the lead facility worldwide performing overhaul, repair, modification and center barrel replacement for the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet. The FRCSW provides unsurpassed products and services to the Fleet. We exist as the nation's ready and controlled source, the last and only source and the honest broker for our workload. FRCSW partners with industry and other government agencies by supporting naval aeronautical and related technology systems with which the operating forces, in support of the unified commanders and our allies, can train, fight and win. FRCSW provides comprehensive, quality support to our nation's aviation war fighters through the overhaul, repair and modification of Navy and Marine Corps front line tactical and logistics aircraft and components, using state of the art management systems.

-credit: jrm

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brad Keselowski
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports