Keselowski files entry for Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin

Keselowski files entry for Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin

(TOLEDO, Ohio – August 4, 2015) – Three-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards winner Brian Keselowski has filed an entry for this Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway.

Keselowski, the son of 1989 ARCA national champion Bob Keselowski, won at Berlin for the first time in 2006, 20 years after his father and 1989 ARCA national champion Bob Keselowski accomplished the same feat on the Marne, Michigan short-track. As a result, they became the only father-son duo to win ARCA races at Berlin. And like his father, Keselowski will be wearing the family trademark 29 number.

“It’s always exciting to get back to Berlin,” Keselowski said. “It’ll be cool to have my dad there with me; he’ll be my crew chief so that’s a bonus. Should be good.”Brian Keselowski candid in 2015

Keselowski repeated in the ARCA win column at Berlin in 2007.

“Berlin’s an interesting place. You’ve got to be super patient. Don’t overpower the tires and don’t overdrive the car. Of all the tracks that ARCA races on, you use the least amount of power at Berlin. You don’t use a lot of brake…just enough to slow it down to turn the car and let it roll through the corner. There’s a lot of rhythm to Berlin.”

Keselowski finished 13th at Lucas Oil Raceway a couple weeks ago, his first ARCA appearance since 2012.

“Thought we had a fifth or sixth place car. We didn’t have the right tire strategy at Lucas Oil, and tire management will be critical at Berlin. I’ve seen the last few races there…I’ve seen the long green flag runs so you have to be prepared for that. You can’t use your tires up in the first 30-50 laps. If you don’t save something for the end, you could be in big trouble.

“You can’t use all the engine (at Berlin) and you don’t use the brakes much…so you have to keep your momentum up. You just keep turning…drive up to the start-finish line, then drive back into turn one. It’s definitely an interesting place.”

Keselowski is the older brother of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski.

Calypso Lemonades Short Track Challenge to Berlin
The Federated Auto Parts 200 is the eighth race of the 2015 Calypso Lemonades Short Track Challenge. The series-within-the-series consists of the 11 ARCA Racing Series short track events on this year’s schedule. Short tracks, as deemed by series officials, are tracks one-mile in length or less. Through the first seven races of the Calypso Lemonades Short Track Challenge, Kyle Weatherman holds a 20-point advantage over Austin Wayne Self. 

Federated Auto Parts 200 Schedule
On-track activities for the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway begin with two practice sessions from 2:30-3:15 p.m. and final practice from 3:45-4:30. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 5:45 with the Federated Auto Parts 200 scheduled to start at 8:50. The 200-lap race is preceded by an on-track autograph session at 8, followed by pre-race ceremonies at 8:30.

Media Coverage
ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and flag-to-flag audio coverage of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities, plus live chat. All times are local/Eastern.

Don Radebaugh, dradebaugh@arcaracing.com

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