Fontana II: Brad Keselowski preview

SEASON STATS - Brad Keselowski enters the weekend third in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings, 307 points behind leader Kyle Busch. This is the 16th consecutive week Keselowski has been in the top-three in the point standings. In 29...

SEASON STATS - Brad Keselowski enters the weekend third in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings, 307 points behind leader Kyle Busch. This is the 16th consecutive week Keselowski has been in the top-three in the point standings. In 29 races, Keselowski and the No. 88 team have three wins, 18 top-fives, 23 top-10s and two pole awards. His average starting position is 13.3 and average finish is 7.2.

OUT FRONT - After leading seven laps in last weekend's Kansas Lottery 300, Keselowski has now led in seven of the last nine Nationwide Series events, including his season-high total of 121 laps at Iowa Speedway en route to his second win of the season. Keselowski has led 316 laps this season and 636 over his career.

RETURNING TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN - Keselowski returns to Auto Club Speedway this weekend, which was the spot of his first-ever Nationwide Series race back in the fall of 2006. Since that race, Keselowski has 98 starts and amassed five wins, 29 top-fives, 48 top-10s and three pole awards.

KESELOWSKI AT CALIFORNIA - Keselowski will make his fifth career Nationwide Series start at Auto Club Speedway this weekend for JR Motorsports. His career-best finish of 27th came this spring after starting 13th. Keselowski was running solidly in the top ten before contact with the No. 16 car sent him into the outside retaining wall. Keselowski and team still managed to finish the race.

IN THE LOOP - According to NASCAR Loop Statistics, Keselowski remains atop the stats chart in the quality pass category with 995. A quality pass is a pass made while running in the top 15 under green-flag conditions. Keselowski is also ranked third in the overall driver rating category behind Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.

GOOD FINISHES WITH GODADDY.COM - This weekend, GoDaddy.com will be back on the hood of the JR Motorsports No. 88. In the 15 races this season with GoDaddy serving as the primary sponsor, Keselowski has earned three wins, 10 top-fives, 12 top-10s with an average finish of 7.0.

CHASSIS NO. 513 - The No. 88 GoDaddy.com team will run Chassis No. 513 this weekend in the Copart 300. This car was last run at Texas Motor Speedway in April. No. 513 was the back-up car that Keselowski used after wrecking the primary car in qualifying and he went on to finish third for his first top-five of the season after starting 42nd.

KESELOWSKI (on coming back to California) - "California has notoriously been a rough place for me to race. Between that bad wreck in 2007 and just the overall bad luck we've had as a team, this isn't my favorite spot on the schedule. I'm hopeful though that this is the weekend we can get things turned around though. I've had a string of really good finishes with GoDaddy.com and I want to be able to continue that at California. We are bringing a very strong car, it's the one that was my backup at Texas earlier in the year that we got our first top-five of the season with. I'm eager to see what we can do with it this weekend."

KESELOWSKI (on the racing at Auto Club Speedway) - "California is very similar to Michigan in the sense that it is driver friendly with a very wide racing surface. It wasn't uncommon to see guys going three and four wide with room to spare. If your car isn't running well in one of the grooves, you can move around a lot to see if it will work somewhere else. I had a really good weekend at Michigan this year and I'm really hoping that it will translate over to California this weekend."

-credit: bkr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch
Teams JR Motorsports