Keselowski hoping for win in home state
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — With three wins this season — and a near-victory last weekend — Brad Keselowski has established himself as one of NASCAR's top drivers.
Now, he just needs to reverse an unpleasant trend at a place near and dear to his heart.
Keselowski is from Rochester Hills, about 90 miles from Michigan International Speedway, but he's never won in six Sprint Cup starts at the track — and he has only one top-10 finish.
"If you don't want it enough you won't be successful and if you want it too badly it seems like you force things and they don't come naturally," Keselowski said. "That's something I try not to do but I would probably say that I'm guilty of it when I come here at least on the Cup side, because when anything goes wrong I get madder than hell about it."
Keselowski has won this year at Bristol, Talladega and Kentucky, but he was 13th at MIS in June. That's actually his second-best finish at the track. He was third last August after ending up out of the top 20 in his other four starts.
The 28-year-old Keselowski is fifth in the points standings, and with three victories, he's in great shape for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which starts next month. Drivers can earn bonus points for "regular-season" victories. Points leader Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart are the only others with three wins.
"I'm looking at it off of wins and I think that's the common-sense way to look at it. It doesn't matter when the Chase starts what points you had," Keselowski said. "As far as I'm concerned, by those calculations, we are the points leader, maybe tied for it, but we are the points leader in that sense and I think that's great. I think that's what this sport should be about. It should be about winning."