St. Louis: Brad Keselowski preview

KESELOWSKI AT GATEWAY - Headed into Saturday's race Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, has one NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Gateway International Raceway. Last year he led five laps, but finished 26th after...

KESELOWSKI AT GATEWAY - Headed into Saturday's race Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, has one NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Gateway International Raceway. Last year he led five laps, but finished 26th after getting caught up in a wreck. The young driver also has two Gateway starts in the Truck Series. He finished 15th at the 1.25-mile track in 2005.

SENIOR EXPERIENCE - Keselowski's No. 88 Navy team is led by veteran crew chief Tony Eury Sr. Known to many in the garage area as Pops, Eury Sr. led his nephew and JR Motorsports team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. to back-to-back championships in the Nationwide Series in 1998 and 1999. The duo scored back-to-back wins at Gateway those two years as well.

2008 STATS - In 20 starts this year, Keselowski and the Navy team have accumulated one win, one pole award, seven top-fives and 12 top-10 finishes. Keselowski has completed 98.1 percent of the laps run and has an average finish of 10.5.

CLOSING IN - With his third-place run last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Keselowski closed to within 183 markers of Nationwide Series point leader Clint Bowyer.

LAP LEADER - With 20 races in the books for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Keselowski has led a lap in half of those events for a total of 268 laps, more than any other Nationwide Series regular. He also leads the WIX Filters Lap Leader Award Standings with 7 awards. Keselowski is trailed by Scott Wimmer and Joey Logano who have two awards each.

CHASSIS NO. 468 - The No. 88 Navy team will utilize Chassis No. 468 this weekend at Gateway. It is a brand new car.

KESELOWSKI AT JRM HAULER - Keselowski will sign autographs for fans at the JR Motorsports souvenir hauler at Gateway International Raceway on Friday from 4 - 4:30 p.m.

FLEET HONOREE - The Navy team's Fleet Honorees for Saturday's race at Gateway are sister commands, the Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC), Colorado, and Navy Information Operations Command, Georgia.

KESELOWSKI (on working with crew chief Tony Eury Sr) - "Pops [Tony Eury Sr.] had a lot of success at Gateway with Dale [Earnhardt Jr.]. They won back-to-back races in '98 and '99, so it's really cool to have him in my corner heading into this weekend. Since he came on board, Pops has helped get all the parts and pieces in place to make this Navy team great. So far this year he's made a lot of calls on pit road that have helped get us up front and bring home solid finishes."

KESELOWSKI (on racing at Gateway) - "Gateway is a pretty cool track. It has really fast straightaways and tight corners. It requires a lot of braking to get through the turns and a lot of guts to bury the throttle off the corner to get down the straightaways."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Scott Wimmer , Clint Bowyer , Brad Keselowski , Joey Logano
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports