Darlington: Brad Keselowski preview

KESELOWSKI AT DARLINGTON -- Brad Keselowski will drive the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS at the newly-paved Darlington Raceway in Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Diamond Hill Plywood 200. The race will be his second...

KESELOWSKI AT DARLINGTON -- Brad Keselowski will drive the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS at the newly-paved Darlington Raceway in Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Diamond Hill Plywood 200. The race will be his second start at the1.366-mile track. In last year's race Keselowski started 30th and finished 36th in the No. 23 car.

NO.88 TEAM AT DARLINGTON -- In two starts at Darlington Raceway the No. 88 team's best finish is 18th.

TEAMMATE -- For this weekend's race, Keselowski will be teamed up once again with veteran driver Mark Martin. Martin, the Nationwide Series all-time win leader, will drive the No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet at Darlington in his second start for JR Motorsports.

CHASSIS NO. 382 -- Keselowski will drive JR Motorsports' Chassis No 382 in the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 on Friday. In his last race in No. 382, Keselowski finished fourth at Bristol Motor Speedway.

USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT -- Last Thursday, Keselowski and Earnhardt Jr. spent the afternoon aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy's fleet. They landed on the carrier aboard a COD (carrier onboard delivery) and toured the vessel for several hours to learn more about the operations of the carrier and to meet some of the 5,500 sailors who were aboard. While on the carrier they witnessed numerous aircraft take off and land on the 4.5-acre flight deck.

HSV-2 SWIFT -- High Speed Vehicle-2 SWIFT is the No. 88 Navy team's Fleet Honoree for Friday's race at Darlington Speedway. HSV-2 SWIFT serves operationally as an interim Mine Warfare Command and Support Ship, and supports transformational mine warfare modular mission payload initiatives.

KESELOWSKI (on racing on fresh asphalt) -- "I got to check out the new pavement at Darlington a little while back and it looks really cool. I think the track is going to have a lot of grip and be really fast It should be a lot of fun and provide some good racing action for the fans."

KESELOWSKI (on racing at night) -- "Most of us started out short track racing on Friday and Saturday nights at our home tracks, and running at Darlington at night is kind of like getting back to that. It's a bit bigger than the tracks I started out on, but it still makes for some intense racing. The wall at Darlington has claimed a lot of victims over the years, but we're hoping to stay off of it and get a great run for the Navy."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brad Keselowski , Mark Martin
Teams JR Motorsports