Keselowski Carries Confidence to Kansas

Brad Keselowski

Keselowski will start 12th on Sunday. (Photo: Getty Images)

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Brad Keselowski is hoping to regain the momentum he had a few weeks ago with a good run in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Keselowski scored his first win of the season earlier this summer at Kansas in the STP 400. That victory helped propel Keselowski on a torrid pace that landed him in the Chase as a wild card entrant.

"That win at Kansas was special because we knew we were doing the right things to be successful, but just didn't get the luck needed to win," Keselowski said. "Winning at Kansas was a validation, of sorts, and it was definitely the catalyst for what we were able to accomplish as the summer months wore on."

Keselowski looks back at his Kansas triumph in June as not only the jump start his team was looking for, but as a learning experience as well.

The Penske Racing driver believes his team has enough good information and a feel for the 1.5-mile Kansas track after their success earlier this summer to be a factor in Sunday’s fourth race of the Chase.

“Not only were we able to pick up the win the last time we were there," Keselowski's crew chief, Paul Wolfe, said, "we also learned a lot about our car. We've seen improvement each time we have gone back to a track for the second time and I expect the same thing this weekend. The Chase battle is getting tight so we want to come out of here with a good finish."

Keselowski is still in the thick of the Chase battle as the playoffs head to the fourth race at Kansas. With nine drivers separated by only 19 points after three events, the championship race is very much up for grabs.

“The new Chase point system has affected the way that the Chase is setup and the way that it operates,” Keselowski explained. “For us, we look at it like we just can’t have that bad race. It’s a lot easier to turn around your season with this new points system. If you were where we were at, in 25th, and have a few good weeks, you can really move through the field. That’s really cool.”

Despite the championship implications this weekend’s race will have, pressure that will only continue to build as the Chase marches on, Keselowski is doing his best to keep a calm perspective.

“There’s a lot of pressure throughout the Chase,” Keselowski said. “The further you get into it, the more pressure there seems to be especially if you have a shot at winning the championship.

“I try to surround myself with good people and I’m surrounded with a good team and friends and family. That’s who I count on to get me through the tough times."

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