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5 - 4 - 3 - 2 ... Time for Brad Keselowski to win in Texas?

Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski

NNSracing.com

Defending NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Brad Keselowski will make his 11th Nationwide Series start at Texas Motor Speedway in the upcoming O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, and if his previous four finishes are any indication for his finish Saturday, he'll be hosting a victory lane celebration.

In the 2009 O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Keselowski posted a fifth-place finish and has consistently earned a better position each race since then - fourth in the 2010 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, third in the 2010 O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge and second in April's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300.

"Texas is an extremely fast track in any kind of car, but no stock car gives you the sensation of speed that the Nationwide Series car does," Keselowski said. "It actually feels faster than a Cup car. You enter Turn 1 at around 190 to 195 miles per hour, depending on whether you are in race trim or qualifying trim. If your car is handling the way it needs to, you'll go through that corner without lifting, or barely lifting, out of the throttle."

During last season's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Keselowski clinched the 2010 Nationwide Series championship. Though he isn't a championship contender this season, per NASCAR's new points system that only allows drivers to compete for one of NASCAR's top-tier championships, he has earned four Nationwide Series wins in his 26 starts this season.