On the bumps, Keselowski added, “they’re everywhere, not one spot. Very noticeable. It’s like running over a freeway that truck drivers have been on and they try to patch in some spots where they made divots.”
The prospect of doing this on three consecutive nights has Keselowski even more excited. Then again, Kentucky has provided the 2010 Nationwide Series champion plenty of opportunities to get psyched up.
Last year’s runner-up finish in the Truck race marked his first start in that series since 2005 and `06, finishing 18th and 30th respectively. Keselowski returned two years later in the Nationwide Series and posted an impressive record of top-seven runs highlighted by his dominant 2011 victory in which he started fifth and led 132 laps. In fact, his lowest Nationwide finish at Kentucky (seventh) came last year.
On the Cup side, Keselowski led more laps (79) finishing seventh in his debut here two years than in last year’s win, when he led the final 55 circuits and 68 overall en route to his third win. Two more victories followed in the Chase at Chicago and Dover, and he credits Kentucky for providing the formula on intermediate tracks.
Keselowski’s task right now is finding consistency in NASCAR’s current-generation car. Fortunately for him he’s coming to a track where his average finish is 4.0, and 925.5 scheduled miles across three series offer a lot of time and distance to find answers to his season.
“We’ve been really close,” Keselowski said of winning. “There have been a set of circumstances, whether it’s been our fault or not, that have kept that from happening. But we know if we keep knocking on that door, it will happen.”