Milwaukee: Brad Keselowski preview

KESELOWSKI RETURNS TO MILWAUKEE - Just two years ago, Keselowski traveled to the Milwaukee Mile looking for a full-time ride, as his opportunity with Keith Coleman Racing ended when the company suspended operation the week before. His big break...

KESELOWSKI RETURNS TO MILWAUKEE - Just two years ago, Keselowski traveled to the Milwaukee Mile looking for a full-time ride, as his opportunity with Keith Coleman Racing ended when the company suspended operation the week before. His big break came in a substitute role for Germain Racing that same month. Filling in for the injured Ted Musgrave in the NASCAR Camping Truck World Series, Keselowski won the pole, led a majority of the laps, and nearly scored an upset victory at Memphis Motorsports Park. Since joining JR Motorsports in July of 2007, Keselowski has earned three wins, 18 top-fives, 34 top-10s and one pole award. He will make his second career Nationwide Series start at the track this weekend after starting from the pole and finishing eighth last season.

SEASON STATS - After his third-place finish at Kentucky Speedway last weekend, Keselowski moved up one spot in the championship point standings and is ranked third, 208 back from leader Kyle Busch. In 14 races, Keselowski and the No. 88 team have one win, seven top-fives and nine top-10s. His average starting position is 16.8 and average finish is 9.6.

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY - Keselowski will get to spend Father's Day weekend like many others throughout his 25 years - at the track with his father Bob. Bob, a former winner in the Nationwide Series, serves as the crew chief for Brad's older brother, Brian.

WEARING TWO HATS - Not only will he be piloting the No. 88 GoDaddy.com Chevy for JR Motorsports, but Keselowski will be attending the Camping World Truck Series race as team owner for the Brad Keselowski Racing entry driven by Mikey Kile. This is the second time this season the No. 29 Greased Lighting Chevy will attempt to make the race, the first being at Martinsville.

MEET THE DRIVER - Keselowski will be signing autographs for the first 150 ticket-holders at the JR Motorsports merchandise hauler on Friday, June 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. CT. Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis from the time souvenir row opens Friday morning. The JRM souvenir hauler is located behind the main grandstands toward turn one.

COMING HOME - This weekend's race in Wisconsin will be a homecoming for one member of the No. 88 GoDaddy.com team. Car chief Jon Hanson hails from Madison, Wis.

CHASSIS NO. 528 - The No. 88 GoDaddy.com team will run Chassis No. 528 this weekend in the NorthernTool.com 250. Keselowski previously raced this car at Richmond earlier in the season where he started 27th and finished fourth.

KESELOWSKI (on coming back to Milwaukee two years later...) - "It's kind of amazing to look back over the past two years and see how far I've been able to come since that Milwaukee race in 2007. I seriously had no idea what I was going to do at that point and fortunately, I was able to have a conversation with Todd Bodine that weekend and when the opportunity came up with Germain Racing, I got the call. After that, a couple of doors opened up for me and I was so fortunate to land where I am now with JR Motorsports and Hendrick Motorsports. Just to come to Milwaukee and look back at all I've been able to accomplish since that time is pretty special."

KESELOWSKI (on the impact his father has had on him...) - "Both my father and my uncle have had a huge impact on my racing career. I learned a lot about cars and business working alongside my Dad while I was growing up. And it was my Dad who asked me if I wanted to get into a quarter midget when I was 14 which pretty much started my racing career. More than that though, he has given me all the knowledge he has about this sport and has just been supportive of my brother and I every step of the way."

KESELOWSKI (on the No. 88 team's success the past few weeks...) - "We are doing exactly what we need to be doing in this stretch of summer races and that is getting solid top-five and top-10 finishes. I've said all along how excited I was about getting to these races in the middle of the season because that is where we seem to thrive. This No. 88 GoDaddy.com team is just really clicking right now and it is showing in our performance and finishes. I am ready for more of the same this weekend in Milwaukee."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Ted Musgrave , Brad Keselowski , Mikey Kile , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , JRM Racing , JR Motorsports