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Brian Keselowski to Attempt the Daytona 500 with Hamilton Means Racing

January 29th, 2013 at 3:16 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

It was the feel good story from the 2011 Speedweeks. Brad Keselowski pushing older brother Brian into the 53rd running of the Great American Race. It was a fun family affair that got everyone's attention. To date it is Brian Keselowski's only career Cup start.

Heading into the 2013 season that may change as Brian Keselowski Motorsports and Hamilton-Means Racing announced that Keselowski will attempt to qualify the #52 Toyota in the 55th Daytona 500. Keselowski is excited about the opportunity.

"I want to race, and race right,” said Keselowski. “If I can't do it that way, I won't do it at all."

In 2013 he will do it the right way. Keselowski will have sponsorship on the #52 Toyota which will be announced at a later date. Hamilton-Means Racing has been in racing for a long time dating back to when co-owner Jimmy Means ran independently for several seasons. The team has announced they will run a full schedule with Joey Gase in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for 2013.

The Keselowski family has ties with Hamilton-Means Racing that dates to 1994 when Brian Keselowski's father, Bob, made his only career Cup start at Pocono Raceway driving a #52 Chevrolet for Jimmy Means.

Keselowski also stated that he will have the names of over 100 fans on his car for the 500.

"NASCAR Fans are amazing and resourceful,” said Keselowski. “They actually talked me into having them on our car, and I am happy they did. The connections I have made with my fans have been very successful, and I’m grateful for each one who supports me and my team.”

The #52 team attempted three races and made one in the 2012 season. That put them 57th in owner points in the 2012 season, meaning Keselowski will have to race his way in or qualify in on speed.

Tags: Brian Keselowski, Hamilton-Means Racing, Joey Gase, Motorsports, NASCAR

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