In just his third year in the series, Brad Keselowski collected the NASCAR Sprint Cup title in the season finale last night at Homestead Miami. It was the first Sprint Cup crown for Dodge since 1975 and the first ever for team owner Roger Penske.
Keselowski comes from a famed Dodge racing family. His dad, Bob, and uncle Ron Keselowski raced Dodges in NASCAR, ARCA, and USAC back in the 1970s. Son Brad began his NASCAR career in 2004, driving the family’s Dodge Ram in the Craftsman Truck Series, where he was scouted and hired by Dale Earnhardt Jr. In 2010 Keselowski was optioned by Penske Racing, where he won the Nationwide Series championship in his first year with the team.
In his dream 2012 season, Keselowski collected five race victories starting at Bristol in March, following up with wins at Talladega, Kentucky, and Dover. He was the first driver to clinch a spot in the ten-race playoff Chase, where he fought five-time champion Jimmie Johnson and veteran Clint Boyer down to the wire. With his 15th place finish at Homestead, Keselowski locked up the championship with his Miller Lite-sponsored Dodge Charger.
“It means the world. It really does, ” Keselowski said. “I’ve got the best team in racing, and I’m just so thrilled to be a part of it. From the top down, Roger Penske, crew chief Paul Wolfe, everybody else, the crew guys, and my family. It means so much.”
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