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Behind the Wheel: Keselowski eager to move on to Nashville

April 20, 2011, Brad Keselowski, Special to NASCAR.COM,

Keselowski excited by new online racing experience, trip to Nashville

I'm a pretty big video game guy. Most of the time you can find me online playing Call of Duty, although I will play NBA Live and Madden with some of my friends. When it comes to NASCAR video games, however, all of us gamers have been limited to iRacing. iRacing is an awesome game, but it's geared more toward the serious online racer. So when I got my copy of the new NASCAR The Game this week I couldn't wait to check it out. I have to say that I was pretty impressed.

It picks up right where the EA Sports franchise left off and makes it better. It has something for everyone. If you don't know a track bar from a sports bar, you can still get on there and have a good time. And if you think you are the next Paul Wolfe (happy birthday, by the way, to my Cup Series crew chief), you can jump up a few levels in the game play and see what it's like to really get underneath the car to develop your own setups as a crew chief.

Brad Keselowski shares a moment with Bobby Allison at Talladega. (Autostock)

One of my hopes for the new game is that it will attract some younger fans to our sport. I can still remember when the first NASCAR video game came out in the mid-90s. If I thought hard enough, I could probably name all of the drivers and their sponsors from memory, just because of that game. Video games can be a powerful marketing tool for our sport and I think this game has the potential to reach a new audience.

One thing you won't find on there is the two-car draft that we saw last weekend at Talladega. Although you may think that I'm not a fan of that kind of racing, due to the fact that I spun out my teammate in the Nationwide Series race and got spun out by my teammate in the Cup Series race, I'm on the fence about it. Obviously, none of those incidents were intentional. This is still so new to all of us that we are in the process of figuring out what the best strategy is for success. With the way the Hendrick Motorsports cars finished the race, you would think their strategy would be the blueprint for the rest of us. It may be, but you can still get caught up in a wreck without always running toward the front of the field. One dynamic that has been eliminated -- and something that not many people have talked about -- is the Big One. Most wrecks now involve four, maybe five cars instead of 10 to 15.

Two-car drafting is something that we won't have to worry about this weekend, especially with the Cup Series off for the Easter break. I'll be heading to Nashville Superspeedway with my No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger team. Nashville is one of my favorite tracks. You can really be aggressive because there is so much room to race. Obviously, it's a special place for me because I won my first Nationwide Series race there in 2008. We came back in the second race there last year and had one of the best cars we had all year. It didn't qualify that well, but I was pretty confident that we would win the race and we did. Those two Gibson guitar trophies look great in my house. I never like to pick favorite tracks, but Nashville is a place that I feel like I can go there on any given night and win.

This week's fan question comes from Chris Largen. He wants to know if it is difficult to adjust from the Nationwide Series car to the Cup Series car, and vice versa, during the double-duty weekends.

Thanks for the question, Chris. Before NASCAR developed the new Nationwide Series car, the two drove completely different. But today, the handling characteristics are very similar. We're even taking some of our older Cup chassis and turning them into Nationwide chassis. That's how close the two cars are.

The biggest difference is in the areas of the track where you carry the most speed. The Cup car has more horsepower, so it will be faster down the straightaways. The Nationwide car, with the tapered carburetor spacer, doesn't carry as much straightaway speed, but it is usually faster through the corners. You really have to watch yourself when you jump from the Nationwide car back to the Cup car because you can easily overdrive the first couple of corners.

That's it for this week. Make sure you send in your questions to I hope everyone has a happy Easter and gets to spend time with their family and friends. Check back here in two weeks to see if we were able to celebrate with some cold Miller Lites after another win at Nashville.

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