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When Brad Keselowski signed on with Penske Racing, he was a follower, not a leader.
Kurt Busch was the No. 1 driver in the Penske camp and remained so for Keselowski's first two seasons of full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup racing. But Busch's abrupt departure, after a vitriolic tirade against an ESPN camera crew a year ago at Homestead-Miami Speedway, left a leadership vacuum Keselowski was eager to fill.
"Well, obviously, (Busch's) departure, we hadn't planned on that," team owner Roger Penske said Friday during a question-and-answer session in the Homestead media center. "But as things worked out, it happened, and when it did, I sat down with Brad and said, 'You're going to have to be the leader on this team.'
"He said to me many times when he was racing with Kurt, he said, 'I've got to get better so I can help Kurt,'—interesting when you think about it. He said that to me not once but many times. Once Kurt left, and he stepp...
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Brad Keselowski has won his first NASCAR championship.
The 28-year-old Detroit native clinched the Sprint Cup title Sunday when fellow title contender Jimmie Johnson pulled out of the season finale because of a parts failure. The championship is the first for longtime NASCAR owner Roger Penske and gives outgoing car manufacturer Dodge the sweetest of parting gifts.
The coronation day for Brad Keselowski has arrived. Or has it? After 400 miles Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the racing world will know for sure.
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Brad Keselowski captured his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title on Sunday.The title came in his third full season, though he had competed in parts of two seasons before he began driving the No. 2 Dodge at Penske Racing.
In 2010, Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide Series title. That same year he struggled at the Sprint Cup level producing just two finishes inside the top ten....
Many would consider the 20-point cushion for Brad Keselowski enough to go ahead and crown him the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion.
And with the way he’s running this year and turning in strong finishes at tracks he usually struggles at, why wouldn’t you etch his name on the trophy?
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After 35 races and thousands of miles traveled along this great country, 400 miles stands in the way of two drivers: Penske’s Brad Keselowski and Hendrick’s Jimmie Johnson from a Sprint Cup title.
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During Friday's time trials at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Joey Logano knocked Sprint Cup championship contender Brad Keselowski off the front row for Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400.
During Saturday's first practice session, Logano restored Keselowski to the front of the field -- without meaning to -- giving third-place qualifier Keselowski a possible leg up in his title...
Brad Keselowski got some help on the last day of practice for NASCAR's Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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HOMESTEAD, Fla. Jimmie Johnson's chase of a sixth Sprint Cup title, so seemingly close to becoming reality just a week earlier, ended abruptly and prematurely on Sunday.
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If he should win the Sprint Cup title, Brad Keselowski would be the first Michigan native to do so. Keselowski, 28, also would be the first Cup champion born after Richard Petty won his seventh and final championship (1979) and after Dale Earnhardt Sr. won his first (1980).
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Brad Keselowski won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. A mistake on pit road coupled with a parts failure dropped him to third in the standings.