Keselowski Continues the Tripleheader Quest
Brad Keselowski brought a blue-collar mindset for a busy weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
The 28-year-old Rochester Hills, Mich., native came to the Bluegrass State intent on pulling off the weekend sweep. Kyle Busch delivered the only weekend triple in NASCAR history in 2010 by nailing down an Aug. 18 NCWTS victory, an Aug. 20 Nationwide Series win and a Sprint Cup Series triumph on Aug. 21 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Keselowski drove to a second-place finish in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) UNOH 225.
"I'm really pleased with the second-place effort. We just couldn't get the speed that we needed to get all the way to the front," Keselowski said. "Second is good but I want to win so bad here. We'll keep working on it and get better. The truck kept coming to us and we were able to make some good moves to get to the front but just didn't get close enough. I can't wait to come back tomorrow and give it another shot."
Additional incentive for running in Thursday's truck series race was provided by an opportunity for Keselowski to put a new chapter in the NASCAR history book. A win would have helped him join his father, Bob Keselowski, to form the only father-son team to win truck series races. Bob took a truck series checkered flag at Richmond International Speedway on Sept. 20, 1997.
"It would mean a lot, obviously. I can remember my dad winning. It's always cool to me to be the first one to do things. That would be very rewarding," Keselowski said.
Keselowski will continue his three-night racing visit to the commonwealth in Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Feed the Children 300 and cap a grueling weekend in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Quaker State 400.
"This is a place I picked to run the tripleheader because I like coming out here. I like the racetrack and I like the fan support that it gets," said Keselowski. "It's been a career goal for me to be able to win in all three series on the same weekend, but not so much as it is a goal to just win in general."
Friday night's Feed the Children 300 will return the Penske Racing driver to NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) action, a venue Keselowski dominated en route to claiming the 2010 series championship. He has taken the checkered flag at 18 NSCS races, including the 2011 Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
He'll become the fifth driver to defend a Kentucky Speedway NNS title. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano is the only driver to successfully pull off the feat at the track when he earned three straight victories from 2008-2010.
Saturday night's Quaker State 400 begins the second half of the Sprint Cup season, and Keselowski finds himself in a battle for a coveted spot in the 10-race playoff. He holds down 10th position, with his wins at Bristol Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway there for a Wild Card safety net, if necessary.
Keselowski said the hot weather enveloping the commonwealth is something the drivers and fans will gladly deal with.
"People who like this sport have the unique ability to hang in there through tough times," Keselowski said. "I respect that about our fans, whether it's sitting out in the rain to watch a race or sitting out in traffic."
Keselowski's second leg of his Kentucky Speedway tripleheader tonight when the NNS Feed The Children green flag waves at 7:30 p.m.
Story by Jeff Hibbs