For Keselowski, it comes down to this: Does he want to drive for Hendrick?

Updated: August 30, 2008, 12:32 AM ET

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave Brad Keselowski (not pictured) some sound advice: Talk to Rick Hendrick.

FONTANA, Calif. -- Nationwide Series driver Brad Keselowski went to his boss, Dale Earnhardt Jr., for advice when Penske Racing was courting Keselowski about his interest in the No. 12 Dodge ride in Sprint Cup.

Earnhardt owns the No. 88 Chevrolet Keselowski drives for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series. Keselowski, who ranks second in the standings, said he plans to continue racing the car in 2009.

So what did Earnhardt say to Keselowski? He referred him to the big boss, Rick Hendrick of Hendrick Motorsports.

"I told him to talk to Rick because I knew Rick would help him," Earnhardt said. "I knew Rick wouldn't have an agenda. He would give Brad an honest, heartfelt answer."

Earnhardt didn't say what Hendrick told Keselowski, but Earnhardt did talk to Keselowski afterward.

"I told him that if he thought he had a future at Hendrick Motorsports, he should stay," Earnhardt said.

Weather or not

Never fails. Auto Club Speedway gets its new fall Sprint Cup date for 2009, and the old date has a forecast of splendid weather for the Pepsi 500.

It wasn't cool Friday, a sunny and warm 95 degrees. But a front is expected to blow through Saturday and make things a little more comfortable for the Sunday night race.

The weatherman's prediction for Sunday calls for a high of 87 degrees under clear skies. That's lower than the low temperature at ACS one year ago.

The sweltering conditions last year for the Labor Day weekend event reached 115 degrees on race day, a big reason that ACS officials worked hard to change the date for the track's second Sprint Cup race each year.

ACS worked out a three-way swap with Atlanta and Talladega, moving the Labor Day weekend race to Atlanta while ACS gets Talladega's early October date next season inside the Chase.



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Leave it to Eddie

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Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage didn't waste any time taking advantage of the budding rivalry between Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.

TMS ran an ad this week in The Dallas Morning News promoting the feud to help sell tickets for the Dickies 500 on Nov. 2. The ad reads:

Kyle vs. Carl.
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