Brad Keselowski might have won last week's Sprint Cup race at Talladega, but it has been eight months since last won in the Nationwide Series. And, as exciting and important as that Talladega victory was, Keselowski isn't going to let it shake his racing priorities.
“My goal this year is to win a Nationwide Series championship for JR Motorsports, and that won't change because of the Cup win,” he said.
Heading into Friday night's Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway, Keselowski is sixth in the standings. Last year, besides winning twice in the Nationwide Series for his first two NASCAR victories, he finished third in the standings.
“What was kind of lost in this whole deal is the fact that we scored our fourth top ten in a row in the Nationwide car, and we are very much in the championship picture,” he said, “It seems we have found our groove, and we are coming up on tracks that I feel very confident racing at.”
The 25-year old might have confidence at RIR, but it is not reflected in his results at the track. Richmond is Keselowski's second-worst Nationwide track. He has no top tens in five races, and his average finish is 28.6. He has fared worse only at Fontana, where he is 0-for-6 with a 32.7 average finish.
But those numbers aren't dragging Keselowski down.
“I grew up racing short tracks, and I've really come to respect the history this track has and what it means to racing,” he said, “My dad getting his only win there is pretty cool, and I only wish I could have been there to see [the 1997 truck race]. I'd love to follow in his footsteps and get this Delphi Chevrolet into victory lane. We've been so close these past few weeks and we are ready to make it happen.”
by Bill Marx
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service