Keselowski Vow: I Will Not Be ‘Run Out Of The Sport’
Brad Keselowski is racing to win races and championships, not to make friends. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
FORT WORTH, Texas – Brad Keselowski will continue his pursuit of a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with team-owner Roger Penske’s blessing to be his own Bad Self.
Keselowski qualified for the eight-driver Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a dramatic victory in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Needing a win to advance into the next three playoff races, Keselowski held off a swarming pack featuring new-found nemesis Matt Kenseth during a green-white-checkered flag finish. The margin of victory after 194 laps was 0.14-seconds.
“If we go on and win the championship, which I feel we’re thoroughly capable of doing, yeah, I could easily say it’s one of the biggest wins of my career,” Keselowski said Monday evening during a promotional appearance for the upcoming AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. “Certainly I’m very proud of this past Sunday’s win but we can’t get caught up in it. We’ve got work to do. We’ve got four critical races in front of us. We’re probably going to need to win at least one of ‘em, and our head’s down and focused.”
That’s the unbridled enthusiasm Penske cited post-race Sunday, when he praised Keselowski as “the key asset” of a two-car lineup that includes fellow-Eliminator Round Chaser Joey Logano. Unlike the baby-faced Logano, ”Bad Brad” started Sunday’s event $50,000 lighter in the wallet and on a four-race probation as the result of Read the full story »