Thursday, February 24, 2011
Brian Keselowski entered at Phoenix
By David Newton
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Brian Keselowski, who became one of the feel-good stories at the Daytona 500 after being pushed into the race by his brother, will attempt to qualify for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway.
The older brother of Penske Racing driver Brad Keselowski was skeptical he would be able to get the second car that was purchased from the old Evernham Racing inventory prepared in time to make the trip west. His Daytona car was involved in a 14-car wreck on Lap 29 and "was pretty much junk."
After working around the clock, Keselowski said the Phoenix car that Kasey Kahne won with at Charlotte in 2008 is ready and headed to Phoenix on the hauler.
"Still a lot of work to be done," Keselowski told ESPN.com Thursday, "but we need to run more to keep getting better."
Keselowski's is one of 45 cars on the entry list for Phoenix, although there might be only 44. The driver was told the No. 64 Larry Gunselman car plans to withdraw, which would mean he has to beat only one car in qualifying to make the field.
The 29-year-old Keselowski appeared headed home late in the Daytona 500 qualifier, running in the back of the field with his unsponsored car. But after a wreck sent brother Brad to the back, they hooked up in a two-car tandem and blew past most of the competition.
Brian Keselowski got a last-minute sponsor's deal for the 500 from Discount Tire, which also sponsors his brother's Nationwide Series car, with help from Penske Racing. Brian Keselowski continues to look for sponsors heading into Phoenix.
David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.