Brad Keselowski looked despondent as he patiently awaited the first question after Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
After all, the hometown favorite missed his first win at Michigan International Speedway by just 0.416 seconds. Still, the Rochester Hills, Mich., native mustered the energy to characterize the experience as "a great day."
"It was just close to getting what would have been one of the biggest wins of my career," said Keselowski, who grew up 90 miles northeast of the track and minutes away from his team owner Roger Penske's corporate headquarters. "That would have been really special."
What was "special" was the faith Keselowski gained in his crew during the race. Not that he ever doubted the dedication of crew chief Paul Wolfe and the Miller Lite team. With three races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Keselowski sits comfortably in fifth place in the points standings. And with three wins, Keselowski could very easily start NASCAR's playoffs near the top...