The National Simulation Racing Series (NSRS) will honor a former competitor this season when it visits Texas Motor Speedway, as the 84-lap event contested on August 17th will be named the Kevin Keselowski Memorial.
Keselowski competed in SCOR-sanctioned events for the first three seasons of the body’s existence. In Season 1, Keselowski finished fourth in Short Track Simulation Circuit (STSC) points, with his first SCOR-sanctioned win coming at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
Season 2 was the peak of Keselowski’s brief racing career, as he battled throughout the season with Danny Vandoorne for the inaugural NSRS championship that seasons. Keselowski won the first two NSRS races in series history and a total of six races that season, but ultimately lost the title chase to the more consistent Vandoorne.
Keselowski was again competitive in Season 3, with two wins and eight top-five finishes over the 16-race NSRS schedule. However, a more competitive and balanced field, along with the misfortune of five DNFs, saw Keselowski slip to fifth in the overall season standings.
However, Keselowski’s career was tragically cut short after an offseason hunting incident. With time away from the sport, Keselowski visited Africa for a safari. According to eyewitness reports, Keselowski was struck by a Jeep driven by local poachers as he attempted to escape a charging water buffalo, killing him instantly.
While Keselowski will not be racing with NSRS in Season 4, his memory lives on in SCOR. The August 17th event at Texas Motor Speedway has been renamed the Kevin Keselowski Memorial to celebrate this great racer’s career and life.
Keselowski won the inaugural NSRS event at Texas in Season 2, defeating Vandoorne by more than eight seconds to claim his third victory of the season. Last season, Keselowski finished sixth at Texas, with Alex Light claiming the victory.
The Kevin Keselowski Memorial will be the 11th race of the Season 4 NSRS season, which will kick off at Darlington Raceway. Interested parties can donate to SCOR to sponsor any of the other 15 races on the NSRS schedule, as well as any of the 15 STSC events this season.