RELATED: Full race results from Talladega Brian Keselowski was all smiles on pit road after finishing 17th in the Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, as he debriefed with his team and chatted with those surrounding him. But under the smile lay a level of disappointment -- his chance at his first NASCAR major series victory in his first Truck start had faded away like his diminishing fuel cell, the culprit of Keselowski's demise in the final laps of the fred's 250 presented by Coca-Cola. "I'm emotional. I'm really proud of how we ran," Keselowski said on pit road after the race. "I'm disappointed that it was probably my only chance. We'll see how it works out." Keselowski -- who is a crew chief for ARCA driver Matt Kurzejewski and part-time driver in the series -- seemed poised for victory, as he was lined up to restart fourth for a green-white-checkered attempt in a Ford owned by his brother Brad Keselowski . His performance throughout the day had shown brighter than his lack of experience behind the wheel of a truck, as he had battled back to the front after getting slapped with a pit road speeding penalty early, and even led 10 laps around the 2.66-mile track. "We worked our way through the pack really quick and I was like, 'Wow, that's good,' " Keselowski said. "… All of a sudden we're out in front of a pack and everybody is starting to pit and we're weaving our way through traffic and the 4 (of Erik Jones ) is with me and I'm like, 'We might be leading this thing.' " But determination can take a driver only so far. Prior to the restart, Keselowski made the disappointing trudge down pit road, his No. 29 truck fuel cell as dry as the Alabama asphalt. It was a moment that was heart sinking for Brad Keselowski Racing team owner and younger brother Brad Keselowski , who had given Brian the opportunity to pilot the No. 29 for injured Austin Theriault . "I really thought he was going to win it," Brad Keselowski said, tilting his head back in dismay in the Talladega garage after Saturday's Sprint Cup Series qualifying session. "… He did great, he really did. I was really happy to see him run up front, disappointed he didn't finish off, but he did everything I could ever ask him to and more." Brad Keselowski 's girlfriend Paige White tweeted at Brian after the race, saying that their motorcoach needed a new floor due to Brad's pacing during the Truck race. "You made him proud!" she said. Despite the finish that was marred with disappointment, Brian Keselowski 's strong showing at the superspeedway gave the 34-year-old driver one crucial element: confidence. "It kind of validated what I always thought -- that I could do it, I just never had a chance." Keselowski said. And win or not, its certainly a performance Keselowski hoped others were watching. "We had a really good truck," Keselowski said. "I hope I showed somebody I could do it."
Brad Keselowski posted a blog late Thursday evening indicating that a new driver will be behind the wheel of the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford -- his brother, Brian . The elder Keselowski will suit up for next Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway (1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM). The ride was opened up because the truck's full-time driver, Austin Theriault , was injured in an accident during the Rhino Linings 350 on Oct. 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . On short notice, Keselowski kept it close to home. Excited to announce the newest member of our @TeamBKR truck team, my brother @KeselowskiBrian . My blog on why now: http://t.co/zo1UG9xTIp — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) October 16, 2015 Brian was more than thrilled at the notion. I've been waiting most if my life to say this, I get to drive the #29 truck @TalladegaSuperS ! I'm so excited I can hardly stop smiling — Brian Keselowski (@KeselowskiBrian) October 16, 2015
Brian Scott will join Brad Keselowski on the front row
Brad Keselowski Racing announced on Thursday that Austin Theriault has been medically cleared to return to racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway . The 21-year-old suffered a 10 percent compression fracture of the lower back in a crash while wheeling the No. 29 BKR Ford during the Rhino Linings 350 on Oct. 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . "I'm looking forward to getting back in the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 and being fast at Homestead," Theriault said in a team press release. Due to the incident, Theriault has been rehabilitating and staying out of competition for the last four races -- Brian Keselowski , Austin Cindric and Ryan Blaney have each taken turns driving the No. 29 during his absence. Despite the difficulties he has faced, Theriault's 2015 season includes two top fives and four top-10 results in eight NCWTS starts, which he will look to add to during Friday's Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM). Been a long time a coming. Glad he is now cleared and feeling great after Vegas. https://t.co/nAWsmzkeDE — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) November 19, 2015
RELATED: Keselowski lands Coors Light Pole Award " Practice 2 results " Final practice results Jimmie Johnson soared to the top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series speed charts in Saturday afternoon's final practice at Kansas Speedway . Johnson logged a session-best lap of 188.983 mph in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet, upending pole-starter Brad Keselowski 's bid for a perfect weekend at the 1.5-mile track. Johnson, eliminated early from title contention, will start 21st in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 (2:15 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM), the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs' Contender Round. Keselowski settled for second-fastest in the Team Penske No. 2 Ford, posting a lap of 188.930 mph, just eight thousandths of a second off Johnson's top time. The 2012 series champ won the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday qualifying and led the first two practices before Saturday's final session. Denny Hamlin was third-fastest, just ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth . Joey Logano -- who has already clinched his spot in the Eliminator Round by winning the Contender opener last week at Charlotte -- completed the top five in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford. Kevin Harvick , the Sprint Cup Series defending champion, was 18th-fastest overall in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet. Final practice positions for the rest of the championship-eligible Chase drivers: Carl Edwards (sixth), Dale Earnhardt Jr . (ninth), Martin Truex Jr . (10th), Ryan Newman (11th), Kurt Busch (16th), Kyle Busch (24th) and Jeff Gordon (29th). Hamlin sat atop the five-lap average heap, followed by Johnson, Truex, Keselowski and Kenseth. In the 10-lap-average category, Johnson led, followed by Truex, Kasey Kahne , Kenseth and Harvick. Keselowski shows the way in second practice Coors Light Pole Award winner Brad Keselowski backed up his Friday show of speed by rocketing to the top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard Saturday in second practice at Kansas Speedway . Keselowski clocked a lap of 189.960 mph in the Team Penske No. 2 Ford. He will start first in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 (2:15 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM), the fifth race in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. "The track is changing," Keselowski said. "Today it's a lot cooler than it's supposed to be tomorrow. We know the grooves and all of that is going to change, so we have some speed but we have to keep working on it because you're gonna see comers and goers as the track changes and we don't want to be a goer. We want to be one of those guys that comes to the front and stays in the front, so we've got to keep working." Matt Kenseth , who sits in the Chase basement after a trouble-filled race last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway , turned the second-fastest lap at 189.215 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. Joey Logano , the defending race winner at Kansas and last week's winner at Charlotte, was third-best at 189.062 mph in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford. A pair of part-time Sprint Cup drivers closed out the top five in the 55-minute session. Ryan Blaney was fourth-fastest (188.910 mph) in the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford. Brian Scott recovered from a mid-practice spin on pit road entry to post the fifth-best lap at 188.897 mph. Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick was ninth-fastest in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet. Practice positions for the rest of the title-eligible Chase drivers: Martin Truex Jr . (sixth), Denny Hamlin (eighth), Ryan Newman (10th), Kurt Busch (16th), Dale Earnhardt Jr . (17th), Kyle Busch (20th), Carl Edwards (22nd) and Jeff Gordon (28th). Hamlin was the fastest in the 10-lap average category in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota. He was followed by Harvick, Jimmie Johnson , Kurt Busch and Blaney in the top five. Keselowski was best in terms of five-lap average speed, followed by Hamlin, Logano, Kenseth and Johnson in that category.
RELATED: Full opening practice results Brad Keselowski led opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Kansas Speedway on Friday afternoon, topping the leaderboard at 194.349 mph. The Team Penske driver reached his high speed on Lap 7 out of his nine laps around the 1.5-mile tri-oval. He was one of three Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in the top five. Coming up just short to the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champ was Richard Childress Racing 's Austin Dillon (194.224 mph). Joe Gibbs Racing 's Matt Kenseth, (194.147 mph), Richard Childress Racing 's Ryan Newman (193.694 mph) and XFINITY Series regular Brian Scott (193.653 mph), in the No. 33 Chevrolet, rounded out the fastest five drivers in practice. Defending race winner Joey Logano was 18th-fastest (192.747 mph), and this season's spring winner Jimmie Johnson was seventh-fastest (193.195 mph). Kevin Harvick was the slowest Chase driver in the session, coming in as 27th-fastest (191.605 mph). Harvick has one win at Kansas (2013) and has started on the pole three times there. The Sprint Cup Series returns to the track Friday evening at 6:15 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole Qualifying (NBCSN/Live Extra).
RELATED: Photos of the incident " NASCAR suspends Kenseth NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France appeared on the SiriusXM Radio Speedway show on Wednesday and addressed the two-race suspension handed out to Matt Kenseth for his role in the wreck that knocked himself and Joey Logano out of Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway . Not only was Kenseth suspended for two races, but he also was put on probation for six months. Joe Gibbs Racing has since appealed the penalties, and that appeal will be heard starting at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina. Also penalized coming out of Martinsville was Danica Patrick for aggressive driving on David Gilliland . Patrick received a $50,000 fine and the loss of 25 driver points. RELATED: Patrick penalized for Martinsville actions When asked on the show about the difference between Kenseth's aggressive driving and Danica's, France noted the stakes that were on the line for both drivers. "Going back to Richmond, we made it very clear that anybody in the industry, any driver or participant who intentionally tries to alter the outcome of events or championships, that that crosses a different line than a racing problem between two drivers," France said. After the incident at Martinsville, Logano was last among the eight Chase drivers and 28 points behind the cutoff position for the Championship 4. Logano went on social media to say he would fight, though it wasn't clear whether he meant physically with Kenseth or to make a comeback to get back into championship contention. When asked about whether NASCAR drivers should be allowed to self-police the sport, France clarified the sanctioning body's position. "What Robin (Pemberton) was saying a few years ago was hey look, boys have at it, do your normal thing, and if we over-officiate, we'll draw back on that and let the normal racing action of NASCAR happen," France said. "And that's what he meant, and that's what we tried to do." France went on to point out that the sport has welcomed different styles from drivers. "We've always had different styles of drivers," France said. "Gentleman drivers like a Ned Jarrett who were very successful. But there are other drivers like Brad Keselowski , or somebody else, who is going to be more aggressive. Dale Earnhardt was certainly in that category ... where they take advantage of the contact part of NASCAR. ... "I look at what Brad did in Texas last year as an example of that, where he was racing hard and took some chances that other drivers wouldn't have taken. And there was obviously some contact and a disappointing outcome for Jeff Gordon at the time. That's always been a part of NASCAR, and there are limits to that, of course. RELATED: Drivers react to NASCAR's penalties on Kenseth "And when there are lines that are crossed, like we believe there were in Martinsville, then NASCAR will step in and deal with that. And it's as simple as that."
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series competes today at Martinsville Speedway , and for the second consecutive race driver Austin Theriault won't be in the starting lineup. "I'd like to be back behind the wheel as soon as possible," Theriault, 21, said Oct. 27. "But in order to do that, certain things have to happen.” The Brad Keselowski Racing driver sustained a 10 percent compression fracture of the lower back in a vicious crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 3 while competing in the Rhino Linings 350 . Theriault's No. 29 Ford struck the wall nose-first in approximately the same spot hit by Erik Jones ( Joe Gibbs Racing ) during an XFINITY Series race earlier this year at the 1.5-mile track. Jones was not injured as a result of his crash. The area of the wall where Theriault and Jones hit was not protected by SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier, although track officials have since announced additional protection will be in place in time for the 2016 racing season. "When you sustain a hit like that and you get hurt, there are short-term and long-term goals," Theriault said. "Trying to sort of mesh them together, you know that sometimes you might give up a little bit of the long term for the short term, or vice versa. “For me, it's going to be about still working with the doctors on them clearing me to race but when that happens … I may not feel 100 percent but I want to feel good enough to know I'm not sacrificing performance or putting myself in a position to get injured more, if something else were to happen." Team owner Brad Keselowski 's organization fields two Ford entries in the series. Tyler Reddick , driver of the No. 19, is second in points heading into today's Kroger 200 . The No. 29 entry has featured six drivers -- Brad and Brian Keselowski , Ryan Blaney , Alex Tagliani . Joey Logano and Theriault. Theriault had made the bulk of the starts, eight, before his injury. Brian Keselowski stepped in for Theriault at Talladega last week while Austin Cindric is behind the wheel this weekend at Martinsville. Keselowski said Theriault's HANS device broke as a result of the impact and "his helmet took a major impact." "The steering wheel came up in his face and broke part of his helmet," Keselowski said. "The transmission and bell housing came into the cockpit. These are major issues that we just got really lucky on. Anything else goes a little bit further and he's not standing here. That's what happens when you hit a wall that doesn't have SAFER barrier at a very atrocious angle." Keselowski said much has been learned in the wake of his driver's accident. "We learned that we know a lot less about safety than we thought we did. And that's very scary," he said. The organization recently took part in a crash test at the University of Nebraska, a test Keselowski said that "ironically was scheduled months before Austin's crash." Theriault is on the entry list for next week's race at Texas Motor Speedway , however such entries are typically filed weeks in advance, if not longer. A spokesman for the team said Friday at Martinsville that there was no indication that Theriault had been cleared to return to competition, although such clearance could possibly be granted in time for him to return for the TMS event. "Until the doctor (clears me), it's very much a week to week thing," Theriault said. "I could find a doctor today that would say 'It's going to take this long' and I could find a doctor that would say 'you can race in two weeks.' " Theriault says he remembers "everything" about his crash, which occurred when Reddick's entry got loose and came down across the track in front of his teammate. Contact sent Theriault's truck to the right and into the outside wall. "Like a lot of things, the correlation between actual time and perceived time are different," he said. "It seemed like when I was headed toward the wall that took longer than it actually did. "And when I was out of the truck, everything seemed to take longer. That was the biggest thing I noticed. I knew right after I hit the wall that something wasn't right. You're not sure what, but something doesn't feel right. "The pain is there to tell you that something isn't right; it's also there to tell you that you're still there. It's a blessing and a curse."
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team owner Brad Keselowski announced Tuesday that Austin Cindric will drive the team's No. 29 Cooper Standard-sponsored Ford in this weekend’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway . "Obviously we want to see Austin Theriault back in the truck as soon as possible," Keselowski said. … "We've had an opportunity to shuffle the deck, not the way we wanted it to come. … That truck is the truck that won in the spring so it's a tremendous opportunity for Austin.” Cindric, 17, will be making his NASCAR debut. The Columbus, Ohio native has two career ARCA starts. "I've never been to Martinsville so it'll be a whole new experience," Cindric said in a release provided by the team. "I'll just take it lap by lap and absorb as much information as possible. I just need to make sure I gain the respect of the competitors because I'm new to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. I have no expectations. I'll just take what the weekend brings me and go from there." The move became necessary after Austin Theriault , who had made eight starts in the entry, was injured in a crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this month. Brian Keselowski , brother of the team owner, handled the driving duties last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway , leading 10 laps before finishing 17th. Brad Keselowski , Ryan Blaney , Joey Logano and Alex Tagliani have also made starts in the No. 29 this season. The organization also fields the No. 19 Ford for driver Tyler Reddick , who enters this weekend's race second in points.
RELATED: Full results from Talladega " Updated series standings TALLADEGA, Ala. – Timothy Peters finished Saturday’s fred's 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway exactly where he started—at the front of the pack—despite an extraordinary ebb and flow between the opening green flag and the checkers. Peters was out front when NASCAR called the sixth caution of the race on the first lap of the only attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish, after contact between the trucks of John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher sent both crashing hard into the outside wall. The victory was Peters' first of the season, his second straight at Talladega and the ninth of his career. Brandon Jones , who led the field to the last restart on Lap 97, finished second after Gallagher, his GMS Racing teammate, pushed Peters to the lead. Mason Mingus ran third, a career-best, and Erik Jones finished fourth and extended his series lead to 18 points over second place Tyler Reddick , who came home fifth on Saturday. Jones picked the inside for the final restart, even though he could have started in front of Gallagher. Peters wasn't particularly surprised that Jones picked the preferred lane, rather than choosing the spot in front of his teammate. "I kind of thought that maybe he would take the outside," Peters said, "but we'd already gotten the radio from the tower that this was going to be the one and only attempt (at the green-white-checkered). At that point, teammates are good for 95 laps. "Coming to the checkered, you're on your own, and he kind of knew it was every man for himself. I appreciate the push that Spencer gave to me. I'm glad he’s OK after that wreck on the back ... The push that Spencer gave me was a little delayed, but it was enough to get us both in front of the 33 (Jones)." Throughout the afternoon, storylines materialized and disappeared as quickly as the smoke from the "Big One"—the almost inevitable multicar wreck that finally occurred on Lap 92 of a scheduled 94 and skewed both the finishing order and the series standings. Brian Keselowski , making his first series start in a Ford owned by his brother, Brad Keselowski , threatened to win the race—until he ran out of fuel before the last restart. "They ( Keselowski ’s team) said right from the get-go to save fuel, and I was," said Keselowski , who finished 17th after leading 10 laps. But you can only do so much when you're leading. "You've got to go, so I didn't save any when I was out front. I guess I should have, but that's a little bit of inexperience in the Truck Series probably showing up. We'll learn better next time." Two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton was shuffled to the rear of the field when debris struck to the grille of his No. 88 Toyota, but that was the least of his troubles. Crafton was a victim of the Lap 92 10-truck wreck ignited by contact between the Tundras of Johnny Sauter and Matt Tifft . Crafton finished 24th and fell to third in the standings, 23 points behind Erik Jones .