Season Recap: Brad Keselowski
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Brad Keselowski stand with his family and crew chief Paul Wolfe prior to the start of the Hollywood
Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in October.



By Dominic Aragon
Editor
December 21, 2015
daragon@theracingexperts.net

For the second consecutive season, Brad Keselowski qualified for the Chase and finished inside the top-ten in points.

Keselowski became the fourth driver in 2015 to secure a Chase berth with his victory at Auto Club Speedway in March, his lone win this season. 2015 marked Keselowski’s fourth career Chase berth.

From Kentucky, the 18th race of the season, to Chicagoland, the 27th  race and Chase opener, Keselowski posted a top-ten finish in each race during that span. The ten consecutive races with a top-ten finish produced the longest consecutive top-ten streak of Keselowski’s career.

Keselowski posted a total of 25 top-ten finishes in 2015, a career high.

Of Keselowski’s nine top-five finishes in 2015, five were runner-up finishes.


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Brad Keselowski leads Alex Kennedy and Joey Logano during the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in March.


For a second consecutive year, Keselowski led at least 1,000 laps on the season. Keselowski was one of three drivers to lead four-digit laps in 2015. 

With his fourth place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in October, Keselowski picked up his 100th career top-ten finish in the Sprint Cup Series.

Keselowski was eliminated from the Chase in the Eliminator Round.


QUOTES FROM THE SEASON

POST-RACE AUTO CLUB:
“Yeah, it was really an up-and-down day, for sure. But as a team, Paul, the guys on pit road, just kept fighting. At the end we caught some breaks, made the most of the breaks we caught. 

“That was kind of the story of our race. It looked like we were probably going to finish sixth or seventh. That yellow came out. We came in and pitted and drove up a little bit, then caught another yellow. 


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Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski sit on the frontstretch at Pocono Raceway during a practice delay for the Windows 10 400 in August.

“Now what do we do. So Paul made the call to come down pit road and put four tires on. When he said that, I said, ‘This can either go really good or really bad.’ Didn't know which one it was going to be. 


“Some guys stayed out, some guys took two tires, all different types of strategies on the restart.

 

POST-RACE MARTINSVILLE I:
“Up-and-down day for us and we finished on a strong note, just not quite as strong as we wanted to.

But man, it was a fun race. That's the best we've ever been here at Martinsville.


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Brad Keselowski pulls into the garage area during a practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in October.

“Pumped about that but a little disappointed I'm not taking home a clock. That's how it goes sometimes. All in all, a really solid day, a fun day, and just one spot short.”


POST-RACE NEW HAMPSHIRE I:

“Really fast car. Led a lot of laps. Very proud of the team for bringing me two fast cars these past two weekends.

It's a joy to drive cars that fast…Ready to go home. Ready to go home.”

 

POST-RACE TEXAS II:
“Yeah, it was a good race at the end. We led a lot of laps. A lot to be proud of. Came up one spot short, which is unfortunate. But still we had a great day. 


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Brad Keselowski applies the "Coors Light Pole Winner" sticker to his car after winning the award for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in October.

“Just one step short of having the awesome day we needed to have. But we know if we keep running like we have the last two weeks, you know, we'll win races.

We need to win the next two. I understand that. But I think we have a great opportunity to do it, as well.”


POST-RACE HOMESTEAD-MIAMI:

“Yeah, we led a lot of laps. The last four races we have run pretty strong, maybe not quite as strong as Phoenix as we wanted, but three of the four races we were really strong and we just didn’t have enough to close it at the end.


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Brad Keselowski pulls off pit road prior to the start of the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in November. 

“I was really proud of my team tonight, really happy with what they were able to give me and we were able to take a run at it. 


“We just didn’t quite have enough at the end on that final restart to hold those guys off.”









Thanks to:
Racing Reference
NASCAR Media Group


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Brad Keselowski practices for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.



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