NASCAR At Kentucky: Brad Keselowski Hoping For Weekend Sweep

Brad Keselowski is entered in all three races this weekend at Kentucky Speedway and expects to win each one.

He has to be considered one of the favorites, having won the Nationwide Series race last summer and leading 79 laps in the Sprint Cup Series race before finishing seventh to eventual winner Kyle Busch. The task to sweep the weekend begins tonight in the Truck Series UNOH 250 at 8 p.m. EDT on SPEED.

Keselowski is a second-generation driver and is also looking to become the first father-son tandem to win in the Truck Series.

Keselowski's father, Bob, was a six-year NASCAR driver from 1994-1999, and Brad grew up in his family's race shop. The elder Keselowski won only once in NASCAR, the 1997 Richmond Truck Series race, driving in the family car. Brad is hoping to follow in his father's footsteps and win his first Truck Series race in 52 career starts.

"Before I even found myself in the Cup Series with a competitive car, all I ever wanted was to win in the Truck Series." Keselowski said. "This series means so much to our family and to become the first father/son (combination) to win would be really special."

Keselowski will start tonight's race in the 17th position, but that shouldn't present too much of a problem. Last year's Truck race was won from dead last after Kyle Busch missed the pre-race driver's meeting.

Keselowski will have considerably less space to make up. A bigger concern might be the sweltering temperatures, which will stay near 100 degrees even after sunset. Cockpits will reach up to 115 degrees, a factor that doesn't seem to intimidate Keselowski.

"It's not a very comfortable environment," Keselowski admitted. "But as a driver you accept not having it easy. It's part of the macho man mentality to be able to say that ‘I can handle the heat better than you can.' It's a pride thing."

Running all three races is ambitious for any driver. Factor in the heat, and it might seem borderline masochistic. Kyle Busch is the only driver to accomplish the sweep, having done so at Bristol in fall 2010.

"Kentucky is a place that I actually picked to run all three races because I like coming out here, I like the surface and I like the fan support we get," Keselowski said. "I think I have a great shot at winning all three events, which is definitely a career goal for me, but not as much as just winning in general.

"I can't wait to see what we've got this weekend."

Matt Crafton won the pole for tonight's race with last week's Nationwide Series winner, Nelson Piquet Jr. joining him on the front row. Speed pre-race goes on the air at 7:30 p.m.

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