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Brad Keselowski

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Car:

Number 2 Dodge

Team:

Penske Racing

Sponsor:

Miller Lite

Birthdate:

February 12, 1984

Rookie Season:

Brad Keselowski ran two NASCAR Sprint Cup races for Rick Hendrick in 2008.

In 2009 Keselowski ran seven more races for Hendrick Motorsports in the GoDaddy.com Chevrolet. He mixed that in with five races for James Finch in the Miccosukee Resorts & Gaming Chevy.

In his first race for James Finch, and only his fifth career NASCAR Sprint Cup start ever, Keselowski qualified ninth at Talladega and went on to pick up the controversial win. This was the race that started the Brad Keselowski / Carl Edwards feud. Keselowski pushed Edwards to the lead on the final lap of the race and it looked like Edwards was going to win it as they approached the checkered flag nose to tail with a healthy gap on the field.

Instead, Keselowski took a shot on the bottom and turned Edwards around when Edwards went to block. Edwards spun, got hit again and flipped dramatically up into the fence.

After a string of solid runs in 2009 Roger Penske signed Keselowski to Replace David Stremme in the twelve car. Keselowski drove the last three races of 2009 for Penske for a total of 15 Sprint Cup races. Keselowski finally ran his first full NASCAR Sprint Cup season in 2010.

Joey Logano was the only rookie to race in all 36 Sprint Cup races in 2009 and he won the Rookie of the Year honors that season with one win and seven top ten finishes.

Career Highlights:

2004 - First NASCAR Camping World Series Start

2006 - First NASCAR Nationwide Series Start

2008 - First NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Start

2008 - First Nationwide Series Win (Nashville)

2008 - Voted NASCAR Nationwide Series' Most Popular Driver

2009 - First Sprint Cup Series Win (Talladega)

2009 - Joined Penske Racing Replacing David Stremme

2009 - Voted NASCAR Nationwide Series' Most Popular Driver

2010 - First full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

2010 - NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion

2010 - Voted NASCAR Nationwide Series' Most Popular Driver

2011 - Switched Sprint Cup ride to "Blue Deuce" #2 Miller Lite Dodge

2011 - First Chase for the Cup (Finished Fifth in Points)

Controversial Young Gun:

Brad Keselowski burst into the NASCAR consciousness just five races into his Sprint Cup career with his aggressive 2009 Talladega win over Carl Edwards.

In Atlanta in the spring of 2010 Keselowski again got into Carl Edwards and put him in the wall. Clearly Edwards took exception to that as he got revenge later in the race which ended with Keselowski upside down in the closing laps.

Since then it seems that controversy has followed Keselowski wherever he goes on the track. Much like Juan Montoya if there is a skirmish on the track it seems like there is a better than average chance that Brad Keselowski will be nearby.

To be fair, Keselowski has cleaned up his act some since those early skirmishes. These days he is more likely to bring the car home unruffled which is leading to greater consistency and higher point finishes. Keselowski suffered only one DNF in all of 2011 which contributed to his first Chase appearance and top-five points finish.

Brad Keselowski is a talented driver with a top-quality team. There is no limit to what he can accomplish in his career.

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