Brad Keselowski is arguably the best active driver to compete at Talladega Superspeedway, a 2.66-mile high banked track located approximately 50 miles east of Birmingham.
NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Dale Earnhardt holds the record for most wins at Talladega, meanwhile Keselowski holds the record for most wins among active drivers.
Keselowski has scored five wins at Talladega, the most among active-drivers. Talladega is also the same site of Keselowski’s first career win back in 2009 with James Finch.
However, recently, Talladega has been feast or famine for the Team Penske driver. In his last six starts, Keselowski has scored two wins, but has also finished 27th or worse three times.
“Well, I have caught some good breaks and been fortunate to be put in some good positions along the way,” the driver of the No. 2 Snap on Ford said.
“I feel like the key to this track has been, and always will be, accepting the fact that opportunities to wreck are pretty high and the races where you don’t wreck you have to capitalize. In my career, I have shrugged off the times we have wrecked here and relished the opportunities we haven’t to make the most of them.”
A local newspaper, The Anniston Star, made a list of the best 100 drivers to compete at Talladega. Keselowski fell inside the top-10 on that list.
“To be honest I am so focused on trying to win this one that I don’t have time to reflect on those kind of things,” Keselowski said. “I just want to win now while I have the cars and team to do it.”
Matt Courson is the Managing Editor for The Racing Experts. Courson has covered NASCAR events at 19 of the 23 active racetracks. When not at the track, the 20-year-old Journalism major enjoys spending time with family and playing Ingress.