Talladega Debut For Keselowski
April 24, 2008 | 9:00 A.M. EST
The 24-year-old driver will have to lean on his one previous restrictor plate track start when he finished 16th in the season-opener at Daytona back in February.
Keselowski has gotten off to a solid start in his first full year as the driver of the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet.
Nine races into the season, he has scored two top fives and four top-10 finishes. Keselowski is ranked sixth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings, and is the highest Nationwide Series-only driver.
Keselowski will have his boss Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as a teammate again this weekend, who will pilot the JR Motorsports/Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevy in Saturday's race.
It will mark the fifth time this season the two have competed against one another.
“Having Dale Jr. as a teammate is a really good resource for me this weekend," Keselowski said. "I don’t have any experience at Talladega and his record there speaks for itself. We’ll spend some time in practice running together and I’m sure he’ll point out some things that I can do to improve. Then hopefully we’ll get to race with each other on Saturday and get a one-two finish for JR Motorsports.”
Having a mentor in Earnhardt, Jr. will be vital for Keselowski this weekend as he tries to learn the nuances of running at the mammoth 2.66-mile track.
“Talladega is one of the last few tracks that I haven’t been to yet," he said. "I’m sure I’ll spend the first bit of practice getting accustomed to the track and learning my way around. We had a decent run at Daytona, so I’ll take what I learned about drafting there and use that to help me this weekend.”
Keselowski i shoping to add another good finish to the early season run of his team
"The Navy team has had a pretty good season so far," he said. "We didn’t get off to the best start in the first three races, but we’ve rebounded since then and posted some really good finishes."
"I’m really proud of what we were able to do last weekend in Mexico. I didn’t have a lot of experience at road courses going into that race and we were able to bring home a top-10 finish. That says a lot about this team. The equipment and the people we’ve got on the Navy team are incredible.”