2 BRAD KESELOWSKI, Ford

Team: Penske Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Brad Keselowski remained in third place for the third consecutive week. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 70 points (was 51 behind before Pocono), is 43 points behind second-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr., and leads fourth-ranked Matt Kenseth by 19 points.

WATKINS GLEN RECORD: Four career starts, 0 wins, 3 top-5s, 3 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Second in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Finished second in this race last year and was also second in the 2012 race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: After three consecutive runner-up finishes at Watkins Glen, Keselowski is seeking that elusive first win on the twisting road course. To give himself the best chance, he's also running Saturday's Nationwide Series race. "This No. 22 Discount Tire Ford team has hit its stride, and we are in that sweet spot where solid preparation and effort equals strong results. Running these Nationwide Series races is important to me for a lot of reasons, one of those being the extra seat time at the track gives me more insight into how things are likely to play out in the Cup race. On top of that, I know how hard this team works to give me competitive cars and that drives me to give my best for them. ... I feel great about our chances this weekend."

LOOKING BACK: Keselowski did not have a good outing at Pocono, where he finished second in June. This past Sunday, he ended up one lap down to the leaders, eventually finishing 23rd.

ETC.: Keselowski has completed a perfect 100 percent (362) of the 362 total laps contested in four career starts at Watkins Glen. His average start is 14.0 and his average finish is an outstanding 6.5. He has zero DNFs there.