Brad to Pilot 22 in Postponed NXS Race

Making his 13th start of the XFINITY Series schedule, Brad Keselowski is still in search of his, and the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford team its first win of the season.

Both he and fellow Team Penske Sprint Cup Championship hopeful Joey Logano will run the double this weekend, with Logano piloting the No. 12 PPG Ford at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The last time they ran together at the XFINITY level, only a broken part for the 22 team prevented a one-two Team Penske finish.

Logano ended up in Victory Lane that time, and Brad is confident that the No. 22 team can do the same.

“We’re getting stronger, and soon hope to be where we were last season,” he said on the team.

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The typically red and black Double Deuce will feature pink highlights in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the Drive For The Cure 300—a cause Brad is more than happy to support.

“Events like these help raise awareness and money for the battle against breast cancer,” Kes said.

Back on track, BK has placed some stellar numbers on the board in his NXS career in the Queen City. Posting three wins, seven Top 5s, and 12 Top 10s in 16 starts, he’s been able to bring his ride home in a respectable position more often than not.

The first of his Charlotte triumphs came in his 2010 Championship season. Leading a total of 46 laps that night, he took the top spot on a restart with seven to go and never looked back.

Brad added another American flag burnout in the May 2012 race, leading 67 circuits en route to the victory that night. The most recent win in 2014 paved the way to Roger Penske’s second consecutive NXS Owners’ Championships. After one each in 2010, 2012 and 2014,

After emerging victorious in 2010, 2012 and 2014, the numbers say BK is due for a trip to the Winner’s Circle on Sunday night.

If Thursday’s two practice sessions show any indication of his chances to keep that streak alive, it’s possible as the Double Deuce had some speed in it. With crew chief Greg Erwin electing to make race runs in the first session, Brad slotted in P8 with a speed of 179.581 mph. In final practice, the 22 Crew focused on long-run speed, turning a total of 51 laps — the fourth most of anyone.

Hurricane Matthew canceled all on-track events for Friday, pushing the NXS race back to Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

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