Richmond: Brad Keselowski preview

UPSET FOR THE AGES - In only his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup start, Keselowski scored his first career victory last Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, driving the No. 09 Miccosukee Chevrolet to a win in the Aaron's 499 for independent owner James...

UPSET FOR THE AGES - In only his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup start, Keselowski scored his first career victory last Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, driving the No. 09 Miccosukee Chevrolet to a win in the Aaron's 499 for independent owner James Finch and Phoenix Racing. Keselowski became the first Nationwide Series regular to win a Sprint Cup event since Jamie McMurray accomplished the feat while filling in for Sterling Marlin at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the fall of 2002. Keselowski's partial Cup schedule in 2009 is divided between the No. 25 Hendrick Motorsports team and the No. 09 Phoenix Racing team. Keselowski will return to Cup action next week when he attempts to qualify for the Southern 500 Presented by at Darlington Raceway.

KESELOWSKI AT RICHMOND - Keselowski will be making his fourth Nationwide Series start at Richmond International Raceway this weekend for JR Motorsports. In his previous three starts, Keselowski has an average starting position of 17.0 and finishing position of 23.3.

FAMILY TIES - Keselowski's father Bob, a former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor, scored his only Truck Series win at Richmond on Sept. 4, 1997 after leading 82 laps.

TEAMING WITH THE IRON MAN - For the first and only time this season, veteran driver Mark Martin will pilot the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, serving as a teammate to Keselowski in a car sponsored by Lipton Tea. Keselowski and Martin scored three of JR Motorsports' four victories last season, as Martin drove the No. 5 Chevy to a win at Las Vegas, and Keselowski scored wins at Nashville and Bristol.

CHASSIS NO. 528 - The No. 88 Delphi team will run Chassis No. 528 this weekend in the Lipton Tea 250. This is the same car Keselowski raced two weeks ago in Phoenix where he started seventh and finished third.

KESELOWSKI (on winning at Talladega last weekend) - "Man, that was an awesome race. You just never know going into Talladega what's going to happen. It really is a crapshoot. I had such a strong car, especially when I was able to get behind someone and push them. I think Carl (Edwards) and I were going over 200 miles per hour there at the end with the two of us hooked up together. I had such a great time racing there with those guys, and I hope I was able to gain some respect from them in the process. The fact that I won really hasn't completely sunk in for me, and I still can't believe it happened. What a great day for Phoenix Racing and James Finch- I'm so pleased I could get that win for him and that team."

KESELOWSKI (on returning home after Sunday's Cup victory) - "I went straight into my house and turned on the TV so I could watch the replay of the race. I couldn't wait. Up until that point I still hadn't seen exactly how it all played out. It was really interesting hearing the reaction of the TV announcers when they realized I won the race. I still couldn't believe it either."

KESELOWSKI (on the task of settling back into the Nationwide points race after a remarkable Cup weekend) - "My goal this year is to win a Nationwide Series championship for JR Motorsports, and that won't change because of the Cup win. What was kind of lost in this whole deal is the fact that we scored our fourth top-10 in a row in the Nationwide car, and we are very much in the championship picture. It seems we have found our groove, and we are coming up on tracks that I feel very confident racing at."

KESELOWSKI (on racing at Richmond) - "I grew up racing short tracks and I've really come to respect the history this track has and what it means to racing. Richmond is short-track racing at its best and allows us to get back to running side-by-side under the lights on a Friday night. Because of the way the banking is set up, there is a constant back and forth between the guys who will run the bottom and those who run the top. It really makes it easier for us to run side-by-side and puts on quite a show for the fans. My dad getting his only win there is pretty cool, and I only wish I could have been there to see it. I'd love to follow in his footsteps and get this Delphi Chevrolet into Victory Lane. We've been so close these past few weeks and we are ready to make it happen."

KESELOWSKI (on the sudden passing of NASCAR motorsports journalist David Poole) - "Like everybody else, I was shocked when I heard the news. David was such a staple in the sport. I always appreciated his opinions and perspective, because there really aren't many people around who had seen more or experienced more in our sport than David Poole. It's a sad loss, but I know we'll all enjoy sharing 'Poole' stories in the coming weeks."

-credit: jrm

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Drivers Sterling Marlin , Jamie McMurray , Brad Keselowski , Mark Martin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , JR Motorsports , Phoenix Racing