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Keselowski to run Iowa-Pocono double

July 28, 2014, Staff report,

Driver will defend title at Iowa, then fly to Pocono for Sunday's Sprint Cup race

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Brad Keselowski will compete in Saturday night's U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Iowa Speedway. Keselowski is the defending race winner.

The 2010 Nationwide Series champion and the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion won the Nationwide Series first race at Iowa in 2009.

"Having a driver of Brad's talent in the race will make the full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers elevate their game," Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small said in a release. "Iowa Speedway definitely suits his driving style and he really likes this place."


Keselowski will pull double duty this weekend as he will drive his No. 2 Ford at Pocono Raceway for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race, the 400 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN).

He did the same thing last year as he competed in both events, taking a 1,000-mile flight from Pennsylvania and overcoming a pit road violation and a faltering engine to win the race at Iowa. He followed that up with a sixth-place finish in the 2013 400 at Pocono.

During a test at the track in May, Keselowski had nothing but great things to say about Iowa Speedway and why he likes racing there.

"The design and the layout is one of the few tracks that has a great balance between what the drivers like and the fans like. Drivers want a track where you can run and not spin out all the time for no reason, and they like the smaller tracks but not too small.

"This track is 7/8 of a mile so it's smaller but no so small you're on top of everybody. And I think drivers like that."

In six Nationwide Series starts this year, Keselowski has two wins and six top-five finishes. He won his last start in the series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12.


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