Stock Car Racing
#22 Brad Keselowski
|Hometown||Rochester Hills, Mich.|
Brad Keselowski won more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races than anyone last year with six and while getting to victory lane is the goal every week, winning the championship remains priority number one.
Even though Keselowski came up short on that quest last season, his desire to add another championship to the one he captured in 2012 is as strong as ever. Entering his sixth full-time season driving for car owner Roger Penske, Keselowski has established himself as one of the sport’s marquee talents.
After signing on full-time with Team Penske in 2010, Keselowski made an immediate impact that season by winning six races and running away with the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship by a whopping 445 points over second-place Carl Edwards. He then outdueled Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson to win the Cup crown by 39 points in 2012, and played a significant role in helping Penske to back-to-back Nationwide owner’s championship with 12 victories over the last two seasons.
A Michigan native who grew up in a racing family, Keselowski wasted little time making a name for himself as he won his first NSCS race at Talladega in April 2009 in only his fifth start. He enters 2015 with 16 career Cup victories and 32 Nationwide triumphs.
Keselowski became the 25th driver to win at least one race in all three of NASCAR’s top touring series by capturing the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Bristol in August, and is part of the first father-son duo to achieve that distinction. His dad, Bob Keselowski, won at Richmond in 1997.
Even though Brad Keselowski has only been a part of the Ford Racing family for two years, he already ranks sixth on the all-time Nationwide win list with 12 and is tied for 23rd with Curtis Turner on the all-time Sprint Cup chart with seven.
- Keselowski was raised in an environment where spending time at the race shop and the track was just a way of life. His father, Bob, made 86 starts over five years in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). His uncle, Ron, started 68 races at the NSCS level from 1970-74 and posted a pair of top-five finishes in that time.
- Keselowski drove the truck operated by his family’s team for eight NCWTS races in 2004. The following season, he ran the full truck schedule and had a best finish of seventh, which he recorded in February at Daytona International Speedway.
- In addition to his impressive performance on the track, Keselowski does just as much off it through his Checkered Flag Foundation, which supports military personnel, first responders, and others who have made sacrifices for America.
DID YOU KNOW?
Brad Keselowski is one of only two drivers in NASCAR history to win the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships. The other is Bobby Labonte, who won the then-NASCAR Busch Series title in 1991 before claiming the then-NASCAR Winston Cup championship in 2000.