July 3, 2012 2:14 PM
We should all be so lucky to have weekends like Brad
The Penske Racing team driver entered all three weekend NASCAR
events at Kentucky Speedway – Sprint Cup, Nationwide and
Camping World Truck – and when all was said and done, posted
first, second and seventh place finishes.
“Yeah, I wanted all three but sometimes that ain’t
meant to happen,” a joyous Keselowski said after the final
race Saturday night. “I was proud of the effort we put in all
week long in the heat with all three teams, Truck series team,
Nationwide team. A second, seventh and a first ain’t bad at
all. Who’d have figured my best finish would have came in the
hardest race but that just shows the importance of teamwork and the
group of guys that I have on this Miller Lite Dodge (team).”
Keselowski’s winning weekend began with Thursday
night’s truck race. He was looking to add his name to the
list of 23 drivers that have won a race in each of the three NASCAR
national series. His effort in this race came up one spot short.
Driving the No. 19 Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag
Foundation RAM, he claimed his third top five of the season mainly
through his ability to gain positions on restarts. He finished
In Friday night’s 200-lap Nationwide event, Keselowski
piloted the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger and overcame the
loss of track position early in the race to finish seventh, his
eighth top-10 finish in 11 starts this season.
But Keselowski, 28, saved the best for last. The Rochester Hills,
Mich., native captured his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory
of the season Saturday night, leading the final 56 laps en route to
victory in the Quaker State 400. And, amazingly enough, he finished
first driving his back-up Dodge Charger after his primary car was
involved in a mishap in the opening minutes of Friday’s first
practice session. The man behind the wheel of the No. 2 Miller Lite
Dodge Charger is now the only driver in NASCAR’s premier
series with three wins this season.
Keselowski appears to be a lock to make the 10-race post-season
Chase for the Sprint Cup. But he continues to maintain an even
strain while keeping his eye on the prize.
“You've got to win races. You don't back your way into the
Chase. Don't rest on your laurels. You've got to have a fast car
when the Chase starts, with great reliability and great execution.
It's going to take all three, and those three are going to win