Keselowski looking for Michigan bucket-list win

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Keselowski looking for Michigan bucket-list win

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Keselowski looking for Michigan bucket-list win

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Brad Keselowski said his No. 2 Team Penske group is “fairly pleased” with where they’re at as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series looks ahead to its summer stretch.

But, “of course [we’re] wanting more” he conceded.

Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing have won all but one (Talladega) of the 14 Cup Series races run to date. Fourth in points with seven top-10 finishes and 769 laps led, Keselowski has contributed three checkered flags.

“To have three wins for the No. 2 team is something we’re really proud of,” Keselowski said. “I think that we can add more. We had a year when we had six wins, and we’re on track to do just that. I would be thrilled to death if we could have six wins or more [this] season. That’s a good mark to have as a race car driver.

“With that in mind, I think we have some opportunities. I think this weekend is going to be [one of them] — I am very pleased with some of the things that the team has shown me they are working on and progressing on.”

Keselowski earned a single-season best of six wins in 2014 when he finished fifth in the championship, and had five wins back in 2012. In both 2017 and ’18, he notched three victories.

“We have some really good racetracks coming up over the summer that I am feeling really confident about,” Keselowski continued. “It’s good and it’s bad because when you have three wins you look back and you say, ‘Man, we could probably have had five or six if I had done this better, or if something would have fallen our way.’ But that’s OK. It’s been a good year and we’re really proud of it, but we’re certainly hungry for much, much more.”

In breaking down the upcoming races, Keselowski is winless at Sonoma (where the Cup Series heads after the Father’s Day off weekend) but owns two victories in Chicago. He’s also won at Daytona, Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Pocono of the races on the calendar ahead.

Sunday afternoon, Keselowski will again try for a victory at his home track where he finished sixth and second last season.

“[Winning here] is a huge item on the bucket list,” said Keselowski. “A check mark that’s not there.”

 

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