FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s Keselowski Collects Wins as Chase Playoffs Approach

With three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins Brad Keselowski is standing tall even if he has to nurse an injured foot while he races. He broke his ankle during a testing crash August 3 at Road Atlanta road course, but has overcome his injury with winning ways. Two of his three wins have come after his hard crash. Keselowski may be revving up at the right time going into NASCAR’s 10 race playoff. 

Winning at the Sprint Cup level is always a challenge. Indeed, just having a NSCS ride for every race is difficult, too. It takes a lot of money and talent to be competitive. 

Of the 76 NASCAR drivers who started a Sprint Cup race in 2011 only 30 have started all 24 races. Of that fast group, 15 drivers have wins and only five drivers have multiple victories. Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon have a pair. Keselowski and Harvick have hat tricks with three each. Kyle Busch has the largest checkered flag collection with four visits to victory lane. 

Keselowski is having a brilliant season with nine top-10s, six top-fives, one pole, and three wins. His nagging foot injury doesn’t appear to be an obstacle for him. 

Keselowski’s comments before and after each race win may predict how well he and team will fare during the Chase for the Sprint Cup. With 12 races left, momentum may be key to a championship.

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Dodge) Kansas Speedway (June 5) started 25th, finished first.

Before the green flag:

“I place a lot of emphasis on running well in the Midwest. It’s an important area to me and my family. My dad and uncle won a lot of races around there. My brother and I won a lot of late model races in the Midwest as well.”

After the checkered flag:

“I didn't know I was leading until two laps to go. Kind of stretched my neck out, barely caught the scoring pile to see I was leading, I was instantly mad at my guys for not telling me, but you get over that pretty quick when you cross the start/finish line first.”

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Dodge Pocono Raceway (August 7) started 13th, finished first.

Before the green flag:

“Walking isn’t all that easy. You get in the race car and make it work somehow. I’m not going to get out (of the car); I don’t care how much it hurts. That’s not going to happen. The swelling in both my feet have gone down. I’m able to walk and do the things it takes to be a race car driver.”

After the checkered flag:

“Everything kind of came together here. We were able to overcome adversity. I think when we look back at this, years from now I think that's what I'll think about—overcoming adversity.

“I cut my hand open shifting from a blister, because I didn't get it taped because I forgot about that worrying about my leg. It was about every damn thing you can think of, other than having to pee. But it's just the way it goes.”

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Dodge) Bristol Motor Speedway (August 27) started eighth, finished first.

Before the green flag:

“Bristol is a very aggressively-paced race. You have to stay tuned in to what’s going on the entire time if you want stay out of trouble. It’s been a good couple weeks for us. We’ve got a lot of good things going, obviously leading the wild card standings, but we certainly don't want take that for granted. I really would just like to go out and win another race.”

After the checkered flag:

“Proud of the effort and everybody just kept digging all day long. Last pit stop was good, the adjustments were good, I was driving my butt off, and next thing you know, we find ourselves in victory lane at Bristol. Just amazing."

“This sport works in cycles. I've been at the bottom of the cycle since I've come in and we're just now getting back to the top. And you've got to capitalize when you're at the top. You've got to find a way to win, got to find a way to get good finishes. And I know we'll cycle back to the bottom, it's just a matter of time. Every team does. You hope your cycle is at a time when it doesn't mean anything.”

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