Chicagoland: Brad Keselowski preview

SEASON STATS - Brad Keselowski scored his 12th top-10 finish in the last 13 races with a sixth-place finish last weekend at Daytona International Speedway. He remains third in the championship standings, 268 points behind leader Kyle Busch. In 17...

SEASON STATS - Brad Keselowski scored his 12th top-10 finish in the last 13 races with a sixth-place finish last weekend at Daytona International Speedway. He remains third in the championship standings, 268 points behind leader Kyle Busch. In 17 races, Keselowski and the No. 88 team have one win, nine top-fives and 12 top-10s. His average starting position is 14.7 and average finish is 8.6.

KESELOWSKI AT CHICAGOLAND - Keselowski will be making his third Nationwide Series start this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway for JR Motorsports. In the July race last season, Keselowski started 13th, finished third and led four laps.

TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY - This weekend at Chicagoland marks two years that Keselowski has been the driver of the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Since making the move to JRM, Keselowski has amassed three wins, 20 top-fives, 37 top-10s and one pole award in 86 starts.

FIRST-TIME SPONSOR - Degree V12 will make its debut on the hood of Keselowski's No. 88 Chevy this weekend as the team's primary sponsor. This is the first of four races for the Degree brand on the No. 88.

DOUBLE DUTY IN THE WINDY CITY - In addition to his duties in the Nationwide Series, Keselowski will attempt to qualify the No. 25 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in the LifeLock.com 400 this weekend. In races where Keselowski has attempted to make a NSCS start, his average finish in the Nationwide Series is 8.6.

WELCOMING BACK NEWMAN - For the second time this season, Keselowski will compete on track with Ryan Newman in Friday's race at Chicagoland. Newman will drive the No. 5 Fastenal Chevy for JR Motorsports. In Newman's JRM debut at Dover International Speedway on May 30, Keselowski took the checkers for his first win of the season.

HOMECOMING - This weekend's trip to the Land of Lincoln is a homecoming for No. 88 hauler driver Bill Cole who is from Milan, Ill., which is located about 140 miles from Chicagoland Speedway.

CHASSIS NO. 356 - The No. 88 Degree V12 team will run Chassis No. 356 this weekend in the Dollar General 300. This car was most recently raced at Nashville Superspeedway in June where Keselowski started 10th and finished second.

EDUCATION FOR ELI: With the effort and support of the entire NASCAR community, a college fund has been set up for Eli Ross, the 2-year-old grandson of late motorsports journalist David Poole, who passed away on April 28. Anyone interested in contributing to the "Education for Eli" fund can do so by sending donations to the following address:

Eli Samuel Ross
Bank of Stanly
Attn: Misty Nordan
P.O. Box 539
Oakboro, NC 28129
(Please make checks payable to "Eli Ross Account" at Bank of Stanly.)

KESELOWSKI (on coming back to Chicagoland) - "Chicagoland is a pretty special track for me because it's where I got my first shot driving for JR Motorsports two years ago. It's definitely been an eventful two years for me and to think it all got started on a three-race deal here at this track is kind of crazy. We were able to put together some consistent races and it turned into a full schedule for 2008. I'm just grateful for this opportunity and the chance I've had to be a part of this team. We've been able to put together solid finishes during this summer stretch, and I'm hopeful we can continue that this weekend at Chicago. It's a track I did well at last year and this is kind of a home track for my sponsor this weekend so I'd love to get to victory lane for them and my team."

KESELOWSKI (on running double duty) - "Because I've only run here a couple times, I'm excited to have the chance to race in both the Nationwide and Cup series races. When we put together the Cup schedule, I wanted to pick tracks that I knew I could use more experience at, and Chicago was definitely one of them. It's a 1.5-mile track and similar to some of the other mile-and-a-half tracks we go to later in the year, so the more seat time I have, the better I can perform at them. Every point is crucial in the championship battle. I'm also excited to have Tony (Eury) Jr. on the pit box for me in the Cup series. I think he brings a lot to the table and I'm anxious to see what I can learn from him."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ryan Newman , Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , JRM Racing , JR Motorsports