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Behind the Wheel: Big weekends upcoming for Keselowski and Co.

June 28, 2012, Brad Keselowski, Special to NASCAR.COM,

'Blue Duece' driver looking for a sweep in Kentucky and patriotic run in Daytona

We are at the halfway point of a season and, once again, we are all wondering where the time went. It seems like yesterday we were in Daytona for the 500 and now, after this weekend's race at Kentucky, we'll be back next week for the Coke Zero 400.

But, before we get to Daytona, there is a race this weekend at Kentucky Speedway that I think we can have a shot to win. I actually have a shot to win all three, as I'm back in the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge in the Nationwide Series, as well as my No. 19 Ram from Brad Keselowski Racing in the Truck Series.

"There is a race this weekend at Kentucky Speedway that I think we can have a shot to win. ... I can join my dad as the only father-son combination to win a Camping World Truck Series race."


I've been fortunate enough to run really well in the Nationwide Series over years at Kentucky. Four top-four finishes -- including a win last year -- in four starts is a record that I'm pretty proud of, so I'm confident whenever I race there. We had a good run there last year in the Cup car and we're bringing a car this weekend that ran well at Kansas earlier in the year.

A Truck series win, though, is something that always sticks with me. My fans know how much I want to get a win in that series so that I can join my dad as the only father-son combination to win a Camping World Truck Series race. I've been close before with a couple of runner-up finishes. Maybe this is the weekend we close the deal.

Triple-header weekends are tough on you mentally and physically, especially at a rough place like Kentucky. You really have to have people around you to clear almost everything off of your plate so that you can focus on nothing but competition, because that's all you have time for. Kyle Busch was able to do it two years ago at Bristol. I'm going to give it my shot this weekend.

After this weekend, though, the 400-miler down in Daytona is one of my favorite races. It's a time to celebrate the birth of our nation, along with all the servicemen and service women that work to keep us all free.

Once again, the Miller Lite Dodge will have the patriotic red, white and blue paint scheme as part of the NASCAR Unites program. The car looked really good under the lights at Charlotte, so if you didn't get to see if then you need to tune in for the Coke Zero 400. Again, I want to applaud NASCAR for the steps they take to make sure our military know how much we appreciated them. It's certainly something that I believe in.

Plus, it's a Saturday night race. That gives us time to get together with friends for fireworks. And I love fireworks.

The main focus right now, though, is winning another race in the "Blue Deuce." I think we are in good shape with two wins, but this year is shaping up to be a little different than last year when one win would have made the Chase. A lot of us were holding our breath last weekend when, after the practice and qualifying sessions, it looked like the 24 and the 9 were the cars to beat. They're both behind us in the points and if either would have won at Sonoma, it was not out of the realm of possibility that they could win another before we get to Chicagoland. That didn't happen, and we have a little clearer picture of what to expect over the next 12 weeks.

At this point, we're ahead of our win total from last year. We know what we can do over these summer months. I have no plans to break my ankle again, but knowing what we were able to do last year with an injured driver should give us the belief that we can do it again when we are firing on all cylinders.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday. Raise a few Miller Lites responsibly!

Behind the Wheel with Brad Keselowski runs once a month on NASCAR.COM as he shares his experiences throughout the season, both at and away from the track. Follow him on Twitter at @keselowski. The opinions expressed are solely those of Keselowski.