Homestead: Brad Keselowski preview

SEASON STATS - Keselowski comes into the final race of the year ranked third points, 353 back from leader Clint Bowyer. In 34 races so far in 2008, Keselowski and the No. 88 Navy team have scored two wins, one pole award, 10 top-fives and 19...

SEASON STATS - Keselowski comes into the final race of the year ranked third points, 353 back from leader Clint Bowyer. In 34 races so far in 2008, Keselowski and the No. 88 Navy team have scored two wins, one pole award, 10 top-fives and 19 top-10 finishes. Keselowski's average finish is 11.2. He has led 293 laps and completed 98.5 percent of the total laps run this year.

KESELOWSKI AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY - This will be Keselowski's third start at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In his previous two starts, Keselowski's best finish came in last year's season finale where he took the checkers in 17th.

LOVE THE INTERMEDIATE TRACKS - In his last six starts on 1.5-mile tracks, Keselowski has finished no lower than eighth and has an average finish of 5.2. On the season, his average finish on 1.5-mile tracks is 8.3.

DOUBLE DUTY - This weekend, Keselowski will attempt to qualify for his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in the No. 25 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. In his Cup debut two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway, Keselowski qualified 37th and finished in 19th.

FUN IN PHOENIX - Last weekend, Brad Keselowski made his first start as a driver/owner in the No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Keselowski started the race seventh and finished sixth. This was the fourth and final time on track for the No. 19 BKR truck this season, which raced previously at Nashville, Gateway and Las Vegas with driver Robb Brent.

CHASSIS No. 405 - The No. 88 team will use Chassis No. 405 this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Keselowski last raced this car at Kansas, where he finished sixth. The car was also raced at California, Chicagoland and Las Vegas earlier this season.

FLEET HONOREE - The No. 88 Navy team's Fleet Honoree for Saturday's race is the ELECTRONIC ATTACK SQUADRON (VAQ) ONE THREE ONE. The Lancers of VAQ-131 are a combat-proven, carrier-based electronic attack squadron. Since its beginning as a Reserve Patrol Squadron (VP-931), the squadron has been through many transitions, but has also provided invaluable combat and humanitarian support. From the first Gulf War, to Somalia, to Bosnia to the current global war on terrorism, the Lancers have flown in a number successful of carrier-based missions. The squadron also provided invaluable humanitarian support when a tsunami hit Indonesia in 2005.

The Lancers fly the EA-6B Prowler, designed for land-based and carrier-based operations worldwide. The Prowler carries a crew of four, including one pilot and three Electronic Counter-measures Officers (ECMOs) and carries one offensive weapon, the AGM-88 High-speed Anti-radiation Missile (HARM). The Prowler has a fully integrated electronic warfare system and provides advanced all-weather electronic countermeasures support for both strike aircraft and ground troops via escort and command and control operations. This support includes interrupting enemy electronic activity and obtaining electronic intelligence in the combat area. In addition, the Prowler is capable of attacking surface radar and surface-to-air missile targets on its own.

Due to their age and the demand for Electronic Warfare in practically every US combat operation, the Prowlers have become a high-maintenance aircraft which undergo more frequent equipment upgrades than any other aircraft in the Navy's inventory.

KESELOWSKI (on running his final race of the year at Homestead) - "It's been a really good year for me and for this team. I have come a long way as a driver and I'm very fortunate to be with JR Motorsports and have the opportunity I have had. Coming off Veteran's Day this past Tuesday, I just want to say how great it's been great to represent the Navy this past year and a half and get the first NASCAR win for them. I'm excited to end the season at Homestead and I'm looking forward to a good run here. We've had success on intermediate tracks these past few months and I'm hoping for nothing less than that this weekend."

KESELOWSKI (on what he learned at his first Cup series race in Texas…) - "I learned many valuable lessons racing in my first Cup race at Texas a couple weeks ago. I learned how to work with Lance (McGrew) and the No. 25 team and also the strengths and weaknesses that I have and what I need to work on. In general, it was just a great opportunity to evaluate what my strengths and weaknesses are as a driver, which gives me a chance to develop on that."

KESELOWSKI (on his run at Phoenix in the BKR truck…) - "I had a lot of fun. It's kind of like my debut with my own team and we finished sixth. That's a strong debut and I'm very happy with that. I learned a lot and I'm just proud of everyone. I'm very fortunate to get to do this."

-credit: jrmr

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Drivers Clint Bowyer , Brad Keselowski , Robb Brent
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , JR Motorsports