Brad Keselowski's Team Forced To Head Back to the Shop

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IMay 21, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 11: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #88 Lagina Plumbing Chevrolet, during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Wrecking your primary car in practice is bad enough, but wrecking a second car just adds insult to injury.

That's how Brad Keselowski must feel after practicing for Saturday night's Nationwide Series race in Charlotte.

Just five minutes into the first practice session on Thursday afternoon for the CarQuest Auto Parts 300, Keselowski pounded the wall in turn two with his No. 88 Chevrolet.

The team quickly pulled out the backup car and got to work in hopes of getting back out for the final minutes of practice. 

They did, only to have the same result.

This time, as Keselowski came off turn four, the car once again headed toward the wall and destroyed the right side of the car with just five minutes remaining in the session.

No one could believe it. 

For the second time that day, a suspension part in the right front of the car broke, causing the right front tire to blow out, sending the car toward the wall.

As their second destroyed car returned to the garage area, the team had to make a decision as to what car they were now going to race.

The final practice session was scheduled for 6:00 pm EST, and the team had no other car.

So, they made a decision to close down their garage area and leave the track.

The 88 team is now forced to return to JR Motorsports and convert the car they were planning on bringing to Dover next weekend.

When the final practice session began, Keselowski and crew chief Tony Eury Sr. were seen standing atop the No. 5 hauler of teammate and boss Dale Earnhardt Jr. as he ran laps in the Klondike car. 

Keselowski's No. 88 team is already headed back to Mooresville. 

Working in their favor is the fact that this weekend's race is in North Carolina and it won't be that long of a journey to get the car to the track.

Another advantage is that Lowe's Motor Speedway will be quiet, shut down all day Friday with no practice or qualifying taking place.

They have plenty of time to get their Dover car turned into their Lowe's car and make sure the same problem does not occur when Keselowski gets back behind the wheel on Saturday afternoon.

Unfortunately, that will be when he has to take an unpracticed No. 88 out for qualifying and earn his spot in the Saturday night race.

Keselowski is scheduled to be the fourth driver to take time. 

Also in the first Nationwide Series practice, Kyle Busch was forced to change power-plants in his No. 18 Toyota after finding that water was working it's way into the engine. 

Busch did, however, post the quickest lap of the practice session before developing that problem. 

He was able to return to the track for the second and final practice session. 

Qualifying for the Nationwide Series is on Saturday at 3:30 pm EST.