CHARLOTTE _ Brad Keselowski has been giving a lot of people the boot on the track this season and now he has booted David Stremme from his ride with Penske Racing. Team officials announced on Monday that the 25-year-old Keselowski will take over the No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge for the final three events of the 2009 season at Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Stremme (before photo, if you can believe it)
"Penske Racing wants to give Brad an opportunity to work with the team and get to know the race car as we prepare for the 2010 season," said Roger Penske. "These three races will provide a good base for both Brad and the team as we head into next year. Penske Racing also thanks David Stremme for his contributions to the team this year. We wish David the very best moving forward."
Thanks to a lackluster performance from Stremme this year (no top-10s and only four top-15 finishes), Penske Racing announced in September that Keselowski would be joining the organization for the 2010 season.
Keselowski is best known for his last lap pass (well, spin) on Carl Edwards to score his only Sprint Cup Series victory at Talladega earlier this year. Running only a partial schedule, Keselowski has 12 Cup Series start in 2009 with one win and four top-10s.
"I am very excited to begin working with the Penske Racing team and I look forward to competing in the No. 12 Penske Dodge in the final three Cup Series races of the year," Keselowski said. "We all have high expectations for next season and beyond and being able to race with the team this year will only help us as we look toward 2010."
In addition to his duties in the Sprint Cup Series, Keselowski also will run the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge for Penske Racing in 2010.