Commentary

Kentucky offers three times the fun

Updated: June 30, 2013, 12:09 AM ET
By Brad Keselowski | Special to ESPN.com

Like many drivers, I get asked a lot about who my racing hero was growing up. Honestly, it's one of the easiest questions I get asked. My racing hero was -- and still is -- my dad, Bob Keselowski.

I was fortunate to grow up in a racing family. My dad was the 1989 ARCA champion and winner of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Richmond International Speedway in 1997. My uncle, Ron Keselowski, made a number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts in the 1970s. At some point in our lives, most of my family worked for our family race team.

That's what makes weekends, like this one in Kentucky, special to me. It's one of the few weekends this year when I'll be running in the Truck series race in the No. 19 Reese Towpower F-150. It gives me an opportunity to join my dad on the list of Truck series winners. No father-son duo has ever won a Truck series race. Winning a Truck race is very high on my bucket list. Joining the list of drivers who have won in all three series would be nice, but I want my dad and me to have our own list.

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Sean Gardner/Getty ImagesBrad Keselowski finished second in the Truck series race Thursday, but the reigning Sprint Cup champ won the Nationwide Series on Friday.

In addition to the Cup and Truck race, I'll also get back in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night. Triple-duty weekends are extremely busy, but I'd rather stay busy behind the wheel of a race car than try to find something to fill the time. Some people might look at our recent struggles with the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford in the Cup series and wonder why I would subject myself to that. They perceive it as a potential distraction to what should be my focus: winning Cup races and defending my Cup title.

I disagree.

Kentucky is one of my best racetracks. I've always run double-duty there, and this is not my first triple-duty weekend in the Bluegrass State. Last season, we finished second on Thursday, seventh on Friday and first on Saturday. So, to me, this is the perfect weekend for us to run a lot of races to learn what we need for Saturday night because it is a formula that has worked in the past.

A win in any series can do a world of good for any driver. I expect that same to be true for AJ Allmendinger. What an unbelievable win for him last weekend at Road America. It's great to see what he and Joey Logano have done so far in their first season driving the Discount Tire Ford. With all three of us having wins this season, we have been able to climb to second in the owners' point standings.

I'll be honest, it's not easy to step away from that team. Like I've said before, I'm very proud of what we've been able to build there. When I came to Penske Racing, I really wanted a top-notch Nationwide Series team. We have that now. So when you have drivers the caliber of Joey and AJ, along with Ryan Blaney -- to whom you are relinquishing the driving -- you know that it's in very capable hands.

It's hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the 2013 season. It seems like yesterday we were running the Daytona 500. Now we are already going back for the Fourth of July race. I hope everyone has a safe holiday, and don't mind the sound of fireworks coming from my house.

Brad Keselowski drives the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion. He will share his thoughts on and off the track with ESPN.com readers periodically this season.

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