Watkins Glen: Brad Keselowski preview

SEASON STATS - Keselowski remains third in the championship standings, but gained 20 points on leader Kyle Busch with his win last Saturday at Iowa Speedway. In 21 races, Keselowski and the No. 88 team have two wins, 11 top-fives, 15 top-10s and...

SEASON STATS - Keselowski remains third in the championship standings, but gained 20 points on leader Kyle Busch with his win last Saturday at Iowa Speedway. In 21 races, Keselowski and the No. 88 team have two wins, 11 top-fives, 15 top-10s and one pole award. His average starting position is 13.5 and average finish is 8.4.

ANOTHER WIN WITH GODADDY.COM - Keselowski earned his second win of the season in the inaugural U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. After trading the lead with series point leader Kyle Busch, Keselowski took the lead for the fourth and final time with eight laps to go in front of an estimated 56,000 fans. This was Keselowski's seventh top-five and ninth top-10 finish in the last 11 races.

KESELOWSKI AT THE GLEN - Keselowski will be making his second-career start at Watkins Glen International this weekend. In his only start at the track last season, Keselowski started fifth and finished sixth. Keselowski has raced at two other road courses, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City and Circuit Gilles Villenueve in Montreal last season finishing eighth and 12th, respectively.

JETTING TO PRACTICE - On Thursday, Keselowski will join Ron Fellows and members of the Nos. 88 and 5 JR Motorsports teams at New York Jets training camp at SUNY Cortland to watch the team's first scrimmage of the season. After the scrimmage, Keselowski will meet head coach Rex Ryan and members of the New York Jets, as well as participate in a helmet exchange. The scrimmage is open to the public and media is encouraged to attend. Keselowski will be made available to the media afterward for photo opportunities and interviews. Jets players have been invited to Watkins Glen International on Friday as guests of the track to experience a NASCAR event.

NEW TEAMMATE - This weekend marks the first of two races this season for Ron Fellows in the No. 5 Fastenal Chevy for JR Motorsports. This is not the first time Keselowski has had the road-course ace as a teammate, as Fellows drove the No. 5 GoDaddy.com car to a win for JR Motorsports last season in Montreal.

WELCOME HOME - This weekend's trip to New York is a homecoming for team spotter T.J. Majors, who is from East Bethany, N.Y. Majors also spots for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Earnhardt Jr. and Majors met through their common hobby of online racing. The friendship led to an opportunity for Majors to move to North Carolina and begin racing a street stock car owned by Earnhardt Jr. Majors raced street stocks and late models for JRM before becoming a NASCAR spotter in 2004.

CHASSIS NO. 368 - The No. 88 GoDaddy.com team will run Chassis No. 369 this weekend in the Zippo 200 at The Glen. This car was last raced at Watkins Glen last season. It was also run at Circuit Gilles Villenueve and Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 2008.

EDUCATION FOR ELI: With the effort and support of the entire NASCAR community, a college fund has been set up for Eli Ross, the 2-year-old grandson of late motorsports journalist David Poole, who passed away on April 28. Anyone interested in contributing to the "Education for Eli" fund can do so by sending donations to the following address:

Eli Samuel Ross
Bank of Stanly
Attn: Misty Nordan
P.O. Box 539
Oakboro, NC 28129
(Please make checks payable to "Eli Ross Account" at Bank of Stanly.)

KESELOWSKI (on his win last weekend in Iowa) - "I don't know that I could have asked for a better ending to our weekend in Iowa, and I can't say enough about my team. They had that car dialed in to where I think we made one adjustment the entire race. Pops (Tony Eury Sr., crew chief) made the call we needed there at the end to win. And to be able to get that win in my sponsor's back yard in front of all of those fans was just awesome. They came to this brand new track looking for a good race, and I think we gave them one. The finish definitely helped us in the point standings as well. Kyle (Busch) and Carl (Edwards) have a lead on us, but this team is strong, and we will chip away at that lead one race at a time. I think the win at Iowa definitely gives us momentum going into Watkins Glen, and I'm happy to ride the wave as long as it lasts."

KESELOWSKI (on going to Watkins Glen and having Ron Fellows as a teammate) - "I was able to get some solid experience on the three road courses we went to last season and get a couple top-10s in the process. I'm definitely going to lean on what I learned at those tracks, but I'm thrilled to have a guy like Ron Fellows as a teammate as well. His experience on road courses is going to be a huge benefit to me as I try to back up those finishes with a few more this season. I think he's gotten three wins at the Glen alone so it's just great to be able to have someone with his expertise in the garage to gain insight from."

-credit: jrm

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Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Ron Fellows , Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports