Brad Keselowski believes a win is coming at his home track, Michigan International Speedway. Even more so after a second-place finish in the Consumers Energy 400.
“It’s just going to make me appreciate when we do win here,” Keselowski said. “I know it’s coming, and I’ve got to believe if we keep knocking on the door, eventually it’s going to fall in. I don’t know any better way to knock on the door than finishing second. Last year here we led a bunch of laps, won the stages, sat on the pole.
“We have done everything we can do here but win, at least at the Cup level. So, we have that opportunity. We’ll see if it can develop into something. It hasn’t so far, but I know in my heart that if we keep running this like, it will happen.”
Keselowski was pleased not only to finish well Sunday afternoon but also to do so without many miscues. The biggest issue came from a loose wheel, but the worst that came from it was losing some stage points. In the previous three weeks leading into Michigan, Keselowski had finished no better than 17th.
“The last few weeks we’ve had some pretty big struggles, finishing out races with breakdowns and letdowns and all of the above,” said Keselowski. “It’s nice to just be able to have a clean race, or mostly clean. We did have one loose wheel.
“But mostly [a] clean race, and to be able to kind of get the finish we deserve, that’s important. It’s important to get what you have out of your car, and although we might not have race-winning speed, you still need to execute.”
Yet there is still work to be done, Keselowski acknowledges. Winless on the season, Keselowski doesn’t feel his team is up to pace with the dominant cars, and his average finish is just 15.3.
“[Today’s] good for everybody’s morale at Team Penske and on the 2 team, as well, but of course we want to break through and win, as well, and kind of like you indicated, we’re not where we need to be to just win on pure speed against those guys week in and week out,” said Keselowski.
“We’ve just got to find it. As a team, we have to find that little bit of performance. It’s not a lot; it’s just enough to keep us out of victory lane. It’s enough for us to run up front like we did today, finish up front when we do everything right, but not enough to win. We know it’s possible, and it’s up to us to make it happen.”