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Brian Keselowski (born September 2, 1981) is an American professional stock car racing driver and crew chief for MBM Motorsports.

Brian Keselowski
BrianKeselowskiMilwaukee2009.jpg
Keselowski at the Milwaukee Mile in 2009
Born (1981-09-02) September 2, 1981 (age 37)
Rochester Hills, Michigan
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
3 races run over 2 years
2013 position49th
Best finish49th (2013)
First race2011 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race2013 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
63 races run over 6 years
2011 position112th
Best finish31st (2010)
First race2006 Arizona Travel 200 (Phoenix)
Last race2011 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2015 position63rd
Best finish63rd (2015)
First race2015 Fred's 250 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of October 24, 2015.

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Early life and familyEdit

Born in Rochester Hills, Michigan in 1981, Brian Keselowski is the older brother of 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, and the son and nephew of former drivers Bob and Ron Keselowski, respectively.[1]

He graduated from Rochester High School in 1999, taking night classes to allow him to work as a jackman for the family racing team, K-Automotive Motorsports; he flew to the racetrack directly from his senior prom to assist in competition.[1] He began his racing career competing in super late model events, winning rookie-of-the-year at Auto City Speedway in 2000.[1][2]

Early careerEdit

Keselowski made his stock car debut in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2004. He made six starts that season, driving the No. 29 Competition Graphics Dodge for Bob Ducharme. He had three top-tens, including a ninth-place run in his debut at Kentucky Speedway, and finished 34th in points. The next season, the team was purchased by his family,[1] and he ran seven races including a string of five consecutive top-ten finishes. In 2006, Holloway Motorsports and Dusty's Collision became the sponsors of his car, and he won his first race at Berlin Raceway. Keselowski also made his NASCAR Busch Series (later renamed the NASCAR Nationwide Series) debut that year at Phoenix in the No. 23 Ridley Motorcycles Chevrolet for Keith Coleman Racing, starting and finishing in 43rd place. He had intended to compete at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, but was not approved to run at the 2-mile (3.2 km) track; his brother Brad drove the race instead, jump-starting his career.[1]

 
2010 Nationwide car

In 2007, he ran a career-high 12 races in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, splitting time with his family team and the No. 5 Lucas Oil Pontiac for Bobby Gerhart. He won twice and finished 22nd in points. In the Busch Series, he made four starts in the Nos. 19 and 49,[1] including his first top ten finish at Memphis Motorsports Park.[1] The next season, he made 11 starts, beginning in the No. 28 Jay Robinson Racing Chevy for four races before moving to his family's No. 92, co-owned with Dusty Whitney,[2] with a best finish of 15th at ORP, four spots ahead of his brother.[1]

For 2009, Keselowski attempted his first full-time season for Whitney and K-Automotive Motorsports, which renumbered its car with the No. 26. The primary sponsor for Keselowski's car during the 2009 CarQuest Auto Parts 300 was the Detroit Red Wings National Hockey League team; Keselowski ran eighteen races, but stepped aside for twelve of the final fifteen events to act as crew chief while other drivers competed in the car.[2] During the 2010 season, he qualified for 26 of 35 events; he finished 11th in the season-opening event at Daytona,[3] but had an average finish overall for the season of 34th.[2]

2010–2012Edit

During the 2010 season, Keselowski attempted to qualify for three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, starting with the August race at Bristol Motor Speedway,[4] although he failed to qualify for any of these events.[5] In early 2011, Keselowski declared his intention to compete for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie Of The Year title; he was the only driver to do so as of the start of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway,[6] however Andy Lally stated his intention to run for the award while Speedweeks was underway.[7] The decision to move up to the Cup Series was made on economic grounds; the costs of competing in the Nationwide Series were deemed to be comparable to a Sprint Cup effort.[8]

In qualifying for the 2011 Daytona 500, Keselowski posted the slowest time of the 48 cars that attempted to qualify,[9] requiring that he finish in the top two of non-qualified cars in the second Gatorade Duel to secure a position in the race.[10] With a little help from brother Brad,[11] Keselowski finished 5th in the second Gatorade Duel and started 12th in the 2011 Daytona 500.[12]

Shortly after Keselowski's surprise finish in the Duels, he received help from a number of sources, including tires from Evernham Motorsports (Keselowski driving a former Evernham chassis from 2006) and an engine from Penske Racing. The engine Penske offered could not be fitted into the car in time.[13] In addition, the K-Automotove Motorsports team received sponsorship from Discount Tire.[14] Keselowski ran as high as fourth, but was involved in a wreck on lap 29, finishing 41st.[15] Keselowski failed to qualify for the next two races.[16]

In March 2011, Keselowski had severe abdominal pain and needed gallbladder surgery;[16] Dennis Setzer filled in for races at Bristol, where he finished 38th, and Martinsville, where the team withdrew after a practice crash. Keselowski returned to the No. 92 team for races at Richmond and Darlington in May, but failed to qualify for either race.[17][18] Following further time off for reevaluation of his underfunded race team, K-Automotive switched to Chevrolet for Michigan and received a one-race sponsorship deal with Melling Auto Parts,[19] but failed to qualify for the race;[20] Setzer attempted to qualify at the fall Martinsville race but also failed to qualify.[21]

For 2012, the team competed in two events in the ARCA Racing Series;[22] teaming with Sinica Motorsports to field the No. 94 for Keselowski in the ARCA event at Mobile International Speedway,[23] and also competing at Berlin Raceway, where Keselowski posted his best finish of the season, 23rd.[24]

2013Edit

 
Keselowski's 2013 Cup car

In 2013, Keselowski announced his intention to compete in the Daytona 500 with Hamilton Means Racing.[25] Keselowski did not have a great qualifying run, which made him start poorly in the Budweiser Duel. Keselowski started the Budweiser Duel 23rd, but failed to make the race, with a finish in the Duel of 21st.[26] He returned to the Sprint Cup Series at Richmond at the end of April.[27] He started the Sprint Showdown on May 18, qualifying 23rd and finishing 19th (four laps down) in a field of 23 cars.[citation needed]

2014Edit

In January 2014, Keselowski announced that he would be returning to running the No. 92 for his own team, Brian Keselowski Motorsports in the 2014 season,[28] running a Ford Fusion.[29] Ultimately, though, the team never attempted a race.

2015Edit

On October 15, 2015, Keselowski's brother Brad announced that Brian will drive the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing in the Camping World Truck Series at Talladega Superspeedway as a replacement driver for Austin Theriault, who had been injured earlier in the season. He finished 18th in that race, after running out of fuel during a green-white-checkered finish.[30]

2019Edit

Keselowski is currently listed as the crew chief for MBM Motorsports.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup SeriesEdit

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NSCC Pts
2010 K-Automotive Motorsports 92 Dodge DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR PHO TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI
DNQ
ATL RCH
DNQ
NHA DOV KAN CAL CLT MAR TAL TEX
DNQ
PHO HOM 83rd 0
2011 DAY
41
PHO
DNQ
LVS
DNQ
BRI CAL MAR TEX TAL RCH
DNQ
DAR
DNQ
DOV CLT KAN POC 50th 3
Chevy MCH
DNQ
SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM
2013 Hamilton Means Racing 52 Toyota DAY
DNQ
PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN 49th 9
Brian Keselowski Motorsports RCH
40
TAL DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN
39
MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM
Daytona 500Edit
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2011 K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge 12 41
2013 Hamilton Means Racing Toyota DNQ

Nationwide SeriesEdit

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts
2006 Keith Coleman Racing 23 Chevy DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA MAR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO
43
HOM 151st 34
2007 Whitney Motorsports 19 Dodge DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP
23
CGV GLN 79th 422
49 MCH
33
BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM
10
TEX PHO HOM
11
2008 Jay Robinson Racing 28 Chevy DAY CAL
33
LVS
42
ATL
31
BRI
31
NSH TEX PHO MXC TAL 53rd 776
Whitney Motorsports 92 Dodge RCH
30
DAR CLT DOV NSH
DNQ
KEN
35
MLW
27
NHA DAY CHI
DNQ
GTY
40
IRP
15
CGV GLN MCH
24
BRI
DNQ
CAL RCH DOV KAN
DNQ
CLT MEM
31
TEX PHO HOM
2009 26 DAY
25
CAL
29
LVS
19
BRI
DNQ
TEX
DNQ
PHO
27
TAL
14
RCH
21
DAR
24
CLT
30
DOV
16
NSH
30
KEN
35
MLW
31
NHA
34
DAY
DNQ
GTY
20
IRP
DNQ
IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV
42
ATL
33
RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT 37th 1412
96 TEX
38
NSH
41
CHI
DNQ
MEM
QL
TEX PHO HOM
DNQ
2010 K Automotive Racing 26 DAY
11
CAL
34
LVS
32
BRI
39
NSH
24
PHO
20
TEX
36
TAL
33
DAR
24
DOV
DNQ
NSH
37
KEN
DNQ
ROA
40
NHA
39
DAY CHI
DNQ
GTY
38
IRP
34
IOW
33
GLN
27
MCH
38
BRI CGV ATL
31
RCH DOV
41
KAN
42
CAL
40
CLT GTY
41
TEX
DNQ
PHO
34
31st 1566
92 RCH
43
DOV
42
CLT HOM
34
2011 Key Motorsports 47 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA DAY KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW
42
GLN
DNQ
CGV BRI
42
ATL
DNQ
RCH
43
CHI
DNQ
DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 112th 01
- Qualified for Michael McDowell

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts
2015 Brad Keselowski Racing 29 Ford DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL
17
MAR TEX PHO HOM 63rd 28

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 ARSC Pts
2004 Bob Ducharme Racing 29 Dodge DAY NSH SLM KEN
9
TOL CLT
38
KAN POC MCH SBO BLN KEN
18
GTW
25
POC LER NSH
10
ISF TOL
8
DSF CHI SLM TAL 34th 840
2005 K Automotive Racing Ford DAY
DNQ
NSH SLM KEN MCH
17
KAN KEN
7
MCH
7
ISF SLM
29
TAL 34th 1250
Dodge TOL
DNQ
LAN MIL POC BLN
9
POC GTW LER
7
NSH TOL
7
DSF CHI
2006 Ford DAY NSH SLM
31
WIN KEN MCH
11
KAN KEN GTW
27
NSH MCH
4
ISF MIL
7
TOL
5*
DSF CHI SLM TAL IOW
10
29th 1260
Dodge TOL
4
POC BLN
1
POC
2007 Ford DAY
DNQ
22nd 2020
Dodge USA
5
NSH SLM
1*
KAN WIN
2
KEN TOL
6
IOW POC MCH
10
BLN
1
KEN POC TOL
31
Gerhart Racing 5 Chevy NSH
5
ISF MIL
22
GTW
18
DSF CHI
40
SLM
25*
TAL
2012 Sinica Motorsports 94 Chevy DAY MOB
24
SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH WIN NJE IOW CHI IRP POC 85th 225
Brian Keselowski Motorsports 92 Dodge BLN
23
ISF MAD SLM DSF KAN
2015 Brian Keselowski Motorsports 92 Ford DAY MOB NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH CHI WIN IOW IRP
13
POC BLN
4
ISF DSF SLM
6
KEN KAN 40th 575
2016 Keselowski-Gerhart Racing 5 Ford DAY NSH
28
SLM
10
TAL TOL
9
NJE POC MCH MAD WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM CHI KEN KAN 51st 460

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ReferencesEdit

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