Talladega: Brad Keselowski preview

POINTS PAYOFF- Brad Keselowski gained 49 points on leader Kyle Busch with his third consecutive third-place finish last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. He remains fifth in the point standings, 34 back from fourth place Jason ...

POINTS PAYOFF- Brad Keselowski gained 49 points on leader Kyle Busch with his third consecutive third-place finish last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. He remains fifth in the point standings, 34 back from fourth place Jason Leffler.

KESELOWSKI AT TALLADEGA - Keselowski will be making his second Nationwide Series start at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for JR Motorsports. Last season, Keselowski qualified fifth and led three times for nine laps before falling victim to the "Big One" and finishing 23rd.

COMING HOME - This weekend's trip to Alabama will be a homecoming for two members of the No. 88 crew. Engineer Damien Dickson calls Mobile, Ala., home, while engine tuner Jason Ingle hails from Hamilton, Ala.

RACING THE BOSS - For the fourth time this season, Keselowski will compete against team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Saturday's Nationwide Series race. Having only raced once at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, Keselowski will continue to learn as much as possible from the experienced restrictor-plate veteran who has one Nationwide and five Cup Series wins at Talladega.

KLONDIKE ON THE HOOD - This weekend marks the second race for Unilver brand Klondike on the hood of Keselowski's No. 88 Chevy. Klondike will be the primary sponsor one final time during the 2009 season at Daytona International Speedway in July.

CHASSIS NO. 222 - The No. 88 GoDaddy.com team will run Chassis No. 222 this weekend in the Aaron's 312. This is the same car Keselowski raced at Daytona in February where he led six laps before brushing the wall with 12 laps to go and finishing 23rd.

IN SEARCH FOR REAL FANS: The online contest announced by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin and Brad Keselowski at Daytona in February is officially underway, as Hellmann's has teamed up with NASCAR to find the biggest, most loyal fans with the Hellmann's NASCAR Real Fan of the Year contest. Fans can enter for a chance to receive a VIP trip for two to Charlotte, N.C. to meet Earnhardt Jr., and finalists will see their faces on the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet during the October Nationwide Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. For more details, log on to www.RealFanOfTheYear.com (No purchase necessary. Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited. Ends 8/31/09. Go to www.RealFanOfTheYear.com for complete rules.)

KESELOWSKI (on another third place finish at Phoenix) - "It was a good day for us, just what we needed. We're slowly clawing our way back into the points chase and made some headway. We're starting to catch some breaks, but we didn't catch all of them today. We had a great shot at winning the race with a great car and again, I need to thank my guys for that. I'm really excited about that and about the future here. We just need to keep running solid like this - this is really how you win championships. People talk about winning races and how important that is, but being consistent and getting those top-10 and top-five finishes is equally as important."

KESELOWSKI (on returning to Talladega) - "I'm actually pretty excited to get back to Talladega this weekend. We ran really well there last year before getting in that wreck. Also, we are bringing back the car I ran at Daytona earlier in the season and that thing was awesome. I definitely think we can run up front in it and be in contention for a win there at the end if we're able to stay out of trouble. I'm looking forward to racing with Dale too because it's nice to have a teammate out there to draft with and learn things from."

EARNHARDT JR. (on the state of the company) - "Everything is great at JR Motorsports. On the competition side, Brad (Keselowski) has put together some good finishes, and he's got momentum. He's finished in third place in each of the last three races, and he's up to fifth in points, so that's pretty cool. On the business side, we're gearing up for some cool things for All-Star weekend centered around my foundation. We're running a special Dale Jr. Foundation paint scheme on my Cup car for the All-Star race, and hoping to raise awareness and drive people to the website. It's www.TheDaleJrFoundation.org. I think the paint scheme will look good under the lights, and it's fun to change it up. I want to thank AMP Energy and National Guard for letting me do this. They basically gave up the hood of the car to let me do this for the Dale Jr. Foundation."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jason Leffler , Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin
Teams JR Motorsports