"It's Miller Time," Brad Keselowski exclaimed at Chicagoland Speedway even though there were five laps remaining in Sunday's Geico 400.
While the celebration was a bit premature, with a three-second lead over NASCAR's perennial title favorite Jimmie Johnson, the 28-year-old Keselowksi had every reason to be giddy.
The prospect of winning the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, as well as assuming the points lead for the first time in his career, had Keselowski ready to celebrate.
And celebrate he did -- in Victory Lane.
"Well, there's no better place to start than in the lead, right," Keselowski said. "It was certainly a great race. My opinion is obviously a little skewed on that. A good race, how about that?
"... It feels like Round 1 of a heavyweight title bout -- just it's a 10-round bout. Week 1 is done and we won the round, but we didn't by any means knock them out. We've got a lot of racing left to go. We're feeling good about today but know that we have a lot of ...