Starting off the 2010 season expectations for Brian Keselowski were high. Banking on his experience from 2009, running his own race operation with 2 full time Nationwide cars and at times 3 on the track at one time, Brian looked to the future, put his bad experiences behind him and put his foot to the ground with every intention of proving that he has what it takes to be competitive in NASCAR’s Nationwide series. With the year starting out locked into the top 30, Brian had the opportunity to set his team well into the owners points giving the # 26 Dodge the cushion he needed to lock into the race each weekend. With a solid 11th place finish, besting his younger brother Brad’s position of 13th place Brian was looking like he was headed for a season that would finally put him on the map and in the spotlight with fans and potential sponsors. Although engine problems in California ended the day with a disappointing 34th place, Brian was still maintaining the points that he needed to have when the first 5 races of the season are up. A 32nd at Las Vegas and a 39th at Bristol due to an accident put the # 26 in troubled waters with only one race left to be locked in on the 2009 owner’s points. Brian was sitting right at the bottom of the top 30 and needed to pull it together in order to maintain the team. Heading to Nashville, Brian had run the track several times and focused on keeping the car running solid, however a 24th place finish was just not enough to keep the team locked in for the 6th race of the season.
It was time to regroup and the K-Auto team had to pull rabbit out of the hat, having to qualify on speed going into Phoenix, a track where Brian’s results were lackluster at best qualifying 43rd in 2009 and finishing only 27th he knew that he had to pull out a miracle to keep the team in the show.
Somehow, Brian got his mojo back and qualified 23rd sitting in top 5 of the group of the 13 go or go homers that weekend. Taking pace and playing his strategy safe Brian focused on the long grueling race and tough narrow track of Phoenix, managing to land a solid 20th place amid crashes and problems with other teams bringing him back into the top 30 in owner’s points and locked into this weekends race at Texas Motor Speedway.
With a new engine and a refreshed attitude Brian wants to bank on his speedway experience, lay it out and start his climb back to the top group of racers in the series. Overshadowed by younger brother Brad who has been at the center of controversy this season, Brian is looking to set the record straight that the Keselowski name is about down home racing, determination and passion. Having to take matters into his own hands, without the benefit of multi million dollar sponsorships and engine development programs Brian is proving week after week that with time, patience and experience the # 26 Dodge and K-Automotive can and will be a top performing team for a long time to come.