Nashville II: Brad Keselowski preview

FIRST WIN OF 2009 - Keselowski and the No. 88 team enter the Nashville race weekend fresh off of their first win of 2009 at Dover International Speedway. It was the second consecutive week a Nationwide Series regular took the checkers in a ...

FIRST WIN OF 2009 - Keselowski and the No. 88 team enter the Nashville race weekend fresh off of their first win of 2009 at Dover International Speedway. It was the second consecutive week a Nationwide Series regular took the checkers in a Nationwide Series race, the previous being Mike Bliss at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Keselowski led only two laps, but it was the final two, as he passed Kyle Busch and Joey Logano on a green-white-checkered restart to earn the victory. It was Keselowski's third career Nationwide Series win.

KESELOWSKI AT NASHVILLE - Keselowski will be making his fourth start for JR Motorsports at the 1.333-mile concrete track. In his last three starts for JRM, Keselowski has an average starting position of 9.7 and an average finish of 2.7. Keselowski is the defending winner of the Federated Auto Parts 300 after starting the event second and leading 33 laps.

CONCRETE COWBOY - Keselowski's win last weekend at Dover marked his third straight victory on a concrete track. Last season Keselowski won at both Nashville Superspeedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, both concrete tracks.

SEASON STATS - Keselowski is ranked fifth in points, 173 back from leader Kyle Busch. In 12 races, Keselowski and the No. 88 team have one win, five top-fives and seven top-10s. His average starting position is 18.0 and average finish is 10.8.

POINTS BATTLE - Since the start of the season, Keselowski has made huge gains in the championship point standings. The win at Dover gained Keselowski 68 points on leader Kyle Busch to put him 173 out of the lead. Entering the second Nashville race last season, Keselowski was 212 points out of first.

CHASSIS NO. 356 - The No. 88 Hellmann's team will run Chassis No. 356 this weekend in the Federated Auto Parts 300. Keselowski most recently raced this car earlier in the season at Darlington Raceway where he started eighth and finished 11th.

KESELOWSKI (on the win at Dover) - "Man, that win couldn't have come at a better time for us. We had been so close quite a few times and no one deserved to be in victory lane more than my guys. They worked so hard to get this car ready to race at Charlotte and then to turn around and get it set up for Dover is just a testament to their hard work and dedication. We have been putting ourselves in a position to win for a few weeks and it finally paid off for us last weekend in Dover."

KESELOWSKI (on the track at Nashville, tire management and track position) - "I have had some pretty good runs at the concrete tracks we race on. The Nationwide Series only goes to a few of them, and they present a unique challenge to the teams and drivers. The surface at Nashville is particularly hard on tires, so tire management really comes into play. Track position is also really important to finishing well there. Between the two it creates somewhat of a balancing act - trying to stay with the front of the pack and yet not kill your tires early in the run. The teams that manage that balance well tend to run toward the front and stay at the front."

KESELOWSKI (on returning to spot of his first win) - "I'm really excited to be coming back to Nashville. It's a track that I really enjoy racing at. This is the place that kind of kicked off my summer right last year. I think we had something like six top-10s in a row after that first win in Nashville and I'm hopeful we can get a streak going like that again. We had a solid run here in the spring and I'm ready to improve upon that this weekend."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brad Keselowski , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports