Racing in one race at Texas is hard enough, but Nationwide Series regular Brad Keselowski will be among a handful that will get to race twice this weekend in the Lone Star State.
Keselowski qualified 42nd in his No. 88 Hellmann's Chevrolet for JR. Motorsports in the Nationwide Series last night and today he had to painfully wait out Go-or-Go-Home qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series.
Go-or-Go-Home qualifying is for any driver that is not currently locked into the top 35 in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner points. Since Keselowski does run the full schedule in the Cup Series, he had to qualify on his speed.
After posting a lap of 186.35 mph in the No. 25 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, owned by Hendrick Motorsports, he had to keep a sweat it out as other drivers tried to time their way into the field by knocking him out.
They didn't and Keselowski will make his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start from the 40th position.
Last November, Keselowski made his Sprint Cup debut at Texas where he ran a solid race and brought the car home in the 19th spot and most importantly in one piece.
Now, come Sunday he gets the chance to once again run with the big boys.
“I really enjoy Texas and am really excited to be returning to the track where I made my Sprint Cup Series debut. We had such a good run in the car that weekend, and I’m really hoping to duplicate that effort and improve upon it," he said.
"Texas is just so fast and has a lot of banking, which is something I like. Lance (McGrew, crew chief) and my Hendrick Motorsports team are bringing me a brand-new GoDaddy.com Chevy this weekend, and I can’t wait to get in it and put some laps down.”
Earlier this year, he also qualified for the Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas but had a not-so-stellar day that was only good enough for a 38th-place finish.
Brad Keselowski is hoping that Texas will make his performances even bigger than what they have been thus far in the 2009 season in both series.
Source: NASCAR.com and CatchFence.com