Darlington: Brad Keselowski preview

THE STREAK CONTINUES - Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 88 Delphi Chevrolet, notched a fourth-place finish last weekend at Richmond International Raceway after starting 27th. This is his fifth consecutive top-10 finish and his fourth top five in...

THE STREAK CONTINUES - Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 88 Delphi Chevrolet, notched a fourth-place finish last weekend at Richmond International Raceway after starting 27th. This is his fifth consecutive top-10 finish and his fourth top five in the last five races.

KESELOWSKI AT DARLINGTON - Keselowski will be making his third start for JR Motorsports at the 1.336-mile track. In last season's event, Keselowski overcame a brush with the wall during qualifying and an early-race spin to finish 15th.

DOUBLE DUTY - For the first time since his monumental upset victory two weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway, Keselowski is returning to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action this weekend, this time in the No. 25 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. Keselowski is 2-for-2 this season in successfully securing a spot for the No. 25 Chevy on the Cup starting grid (Las Vegas and Texas were the previous races). This marks the third race of a seven-race schedule for Keselowski in the No. 25 Hendrick Motorsports entry.

WELCOMING WIMMER - For the first time this season, Keselowski's teammate in the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet will be Scott Wimmer, a six-time Nationwide Series winner. This marks the first race of a six-race package for Wimmer in the No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet, which was announced on March 16. Wimmer's most recent victory came last season at Nashville Superspeedway for Richard Childress Racing.

CHASSIS NO. 356 - The No. 88 Delphi team will run Chassis No. 356 this weekend in the Diamond Hill Plywood 200. Keselowski previously raced this car at Charlotte last fall where he started 30th and finished eighth.

KESELOWSKI (on his top-10 streak) - "It is really exciting to be on a run like this with these solid top-10 finishes. As a team, it's exactly what we need to stay on course. While we obviously want to get that first win of the season under our belts, consistently getting these top-five and top-10 finishes is what will keep us on track with Kyle (Busch) and Carl (Edwards) as we go after the championship. I know that first win is right around the corner. The fact that we have been so close every week is what keeps us going."

KESELOWSKI (on his season turning around) - "It's just the racing roller coaster, man. You're on the bottom and then you're on the top and sometimes you're in the middle... It's interesting how that works out. Things are working out now and I hold the strong belief that you put yourself in position for good things to happen to you. And I had been doing that at the start of the year and good things just didn't happen."

KESELOWSKI (on returning to the Cup Series in the No. 25 GoDaddy.com Chevy) - "I'm really excited to get back in the GoDaddy.com Chevy this weekend. I know this track is going to be a challenge, but I believe running in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will help me out a lot. There really isn't anything that compares to getting seat time and logging laps at a place like Darlington. I don't think the win at Talladega changes my goals for this year, and that's to qualify for the race and get as much seat time as I can possibly get. The experience factor is invaluable."

KESELOWSKI (on getting the Darlington Stripe) - "I guess the Darlington Stripe is kind of a rite of passage when you race there. That place has eaten up a lot of good race cars for sure. I guess my feeling is that if you don't have a little bit of paint off of the right side of your car when you leave Darlington, you really didn't race hard enough."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Scott Wimmer , Brad Keselowski
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Hendrick Motorsports , JR Motorsports