Homecoming Weekend for Keselowski
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone on August 15, 2012 | 9:22 A.M. EST
"This is an all-Michigan weekend, and I'm thrilled about it." (Photo: Getty Images)
The Michigan native will kick off the homecoming in Saturday’s VFW 200 Camping World Truck Series race, driving his Brad Keselowski Racing entry before sliding over to the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400.
It will be a busy couple of days, to be sure, but Keselowski is looking forward to the challenge.
"This is an all-Michigan weekend and I'm thrilled about it," said Keselowski. "To be in the BKR truck and carry Michigan-based Cooper Standard colors in front of more than 1,000 of its employees and their families is a special deal. The only thing better would be celebrating with them all in Victory Lane."
Keselowski recently made a change to the team’s truck lineup, parting ways with driver Parker Kligerman last week. In selected races beginning this week at MIS, Keselowski will play both the role of owner and driver.
Keselowski has driven the No. 29 BKR RAM in four races this season, finishing third or better in the last three. He's looking to make history at his home track and become the only father/son duo to win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Bob Keselowski went to Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway in 1997.
Once Keselowski’s truck duties are complete, he’ll turn his attention to Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in search of his fourth win of the season. He was part of last month’s Goodyear Tire test at the track and is confident the manufacturer will have a safe, competitive tire this weekend.
"Michigan is a lot different track with the repave and we saw that here with the spring race,” Keselowski said of the lightning-fast speeds recorded at MIS in June. “We're all still trying to get a grip on that, literally, and trying to figure it out."
He’s hoping for a good weekend overall and a victory in the Pure Michigan 400, fresh off his stirring runner-up finish behind Marcos Ambrose on Sunday at Watkins Glen International.
“We were very, very close,” Keselowski said of his last-lap battle with Ambrose around the historic road course. “(We're) trying to keep in perspective how far we’ve come as a team to run this competitively on road courses. It's something I’m very, very proud of.”
Keselowski is confident he’ll more than improve on the performance he turned in at the June Michigan race this weekend.
“We were better than a 13th-place car,” he said. “I’m confident we'll have the necessary speed to contend for the win this weekend. A Cup Series victory at Michigan would be a big deal for me and my family."