2014 Season Review:
No. 5 Brad Keselowski
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Brad Keselowski (left) races alongside Ryan Newman at Talladega Superspeedway.
Fifth in overall standings, Brad Keselowski’s 2014 season featured a rebound for the Team Penske veteran.
Keselowski, who missed the 2013 Chase, became the third driver to earn a playoff spot with his last lap pass on Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.
“I want to win Indy, That would be big, with The Captain [Roger Penske] here,” Keselowski said to The Racing Experts post-race in Las Vegas. “That would be a really big win. Michigan would be a really big win. I'd take Bristol and California while I'm at it.”
Keselowski won four races during the regular season, including his victory at Kentuck Speedway that featured a perfect driver rating of 150.0.
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Brad Keselowski celebrates his win at Kentucky Speedway in July.
Keselowski won the first race of the 2014 Chase at Chicagoland Speedway, punching his ticket to the Contender Round. With the first two races of the Contender Round placing Keselowski outside the cutoff for the Eliminator Round, a win at Talladega Superspeedway kept the 2012 champion safe from elimination.
After missing the cut for the Championship Round, Keselowski’s third place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway ensured him of finishing the highest in points for a non-championship eligible driver, fifth. Keselowski reflected on his season post-race at Homestead-Miami.
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“Yeah, it was a heck of a season, not just for me but for all of Team Penske, whether that's the 2 Cup car, 22 Cup car or 22 Nationwide Series team, certainly a year that we'll look back on with a lot of pride,” Keselowski said.
“…all in all, an incredible season for us and something we're really proud of. In some ways, I hate to see the season come to an end, and honestly I'm ready to be at Daytona next week for the 500. That's probably not the most popular comment in the world, but sometimes I'm not the most popular guy.”
Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano made the Chase for the Sprint Cup, combining for 11 wins. Keselowski won a total of 12 races spanning across NASCAR’s top-three national touring series.
“But I'm happy with the year, and I think everyone has a lot to be proud of,” he said. “It's just a great season, and really not just for Team Penske but for the sport. Proud to be a part of that, as well.”