Posted: Friday October 29, 2010 2:40PM ; Updated: Friday October 29, 2010 3:08PM
Tom Bowles
Tom Bowles>INSIDE NASCAR

Kickin' it with Keselowski (cont.)

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POP CULTURE QUESTION OF THE WEEK

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Some fans might be surprised that Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick get along off the track.
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Halloween's coming up this weekend. What's your favorite costume you wore as a kid, and why? Have any good Halloween stories?

Probably the best Halloween story we had as a family is about my brother; someone tried to steal his candy once, and he got into a fight with a guy. Thought that was pretty good. No one's stealing my brother's candy and getting away with it...

I was probably 12 when that happened, and he's two years older, so he was 14. Kind of old for trick-or-treating, but not too old. But anyway, for those who know my brother, stealing candy or any type of food from him is the ultimate 'no no.' So that was funny.

I had a couple of different Halloween costumes, but none that stuck out as really good. I used to always wear masks, so I had a couple of different masks but nothing special. Worst one .... When I was little, my mom bought me a Smurfs costume and I was a Smurf. That was the worst.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Brad, who's one person in the NASCAR garage people would be surprised to know you're friends with? -- Ronnie, Knoxville, Tenn.

Well, I get along well with Kevin Harvick. I don't know if people would be surprised by that, but ...

If you are friends with somebody in the garage, do you like that to be a matter of public knowledge?

Eh, I try and keep my off-track stuff off-track, but I don't care if other people know. I just don't publish it or celebrate it.

SPIN HER OR WIN HER (Which Girls Would Brad Like To Meet?)

Jenn Sterger. WIN HER. I saw a picture or two, and I think she's pretty good-looking. Other than that, I don't know much about her. But I don't have a problem with her; the Brett Favre controversy doesn't bother me. He brings it on himself, and I think it's somewhat intentional... from what I understand, she's not the one complaining to begin with. If she was the one filing the complaint, I might think differently about it.

Kim Kardashian. WIN HER. I like her, too. She seems really cool, she went to a race in Las Vegas, not bad-looking ... two win hers. That's a first.

SPEED DIAL: What's Hot And What's Not In Brad's World This Week

Today's Topic: NBA vs. NHL

RING ME UP: NHL. Less hype, more action.

I LOST THE NUMBER: NBA. I'm not big on the whole hype thing, including LeBron.

TALLADEGA PREVIEW

Take us around a lap at Talladega.

Very smooth. The cars are easy to drive, and you have a lot of grip. But when you turn into the corner, it's just so smooth and you can go anywhere. It's like being on the freeway at 200 mph. There's a lot of control. It's a great feeling as a race car driver, and then you get in that pack and it turns into a mess. A disaster.

So, it can really play with your mind. The only really tricky thing about Talladega, from a driver's perspective, is dealing with the tri-oval. At the very bottom of the tri-oval, the track has a little transition to it, one that can kind of turn you sideways and help you lose your bearings a little bit. That can be kind of tricky, but all-in-all, a very smooth, high-banked track with smooth transitions and no bumps. A lot of fun to drive.

Last year, this race was marked by a long line of single-file competition, Chasers afraid to get in a wreck marked with fear of being penalized by bumpdrafting. How much more aggressive do you think we'll see things get this time around?

I don't think we'll see a huge difference between the fall race from last year to this year and the actual on-track product. I think we'll see a difference this year in the attitudes that the drivers and teams have toward it, and possibly the fans.

We'll see. I don't know my strategy yet; I'll wait and see after practice and qualifying how I feel about my car, and then develop one accordingly.

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