BROOKLYN, Mich. – Brad Keselowski hopes to finally win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400.
The Rochester Hills, Michigan native has never won a NASCAR Cup Series race at his home track and it remains a high priority.
“Yeah, I feel like I have sat on this podium here the last half a dozen years after the race finishing second or third which really stinks,” Keselowski said. “It is better than finishing poor. It is a huge item on the bucket list. A check mark that is not there.
“I feel like we have had the opportunity and we have made a few mistakes. I feel like in some ways we have been good but not great enough to do it.”
In order to accomplish the feat on Sunday, Keselowski will have to master the new series rules package that makes it MIS debut. Like most weeks on the schedule this year, there are a number of unknowns regarding how the rules will impact the race.
“The variables that come into play with that are the races before hand,” Keselowski added. “We have the Xfinity and ARCA races before hand and all the different tire compounds. The Hoosier compound and Goodyear compound and how they interact. There are a lot of things that come together that create the type of racing.
“There are a lot of variables that come into play. Some that we have control of and some that we don’t. Some that we have knowledge of and some that we don’t. It is very very difficult at the moment to predict. I think we are all very hopeful that it will look a lot like Kansas. We won that race so I am hopeful for that as well. That was a great race for sure.”
One thing Keselowski will not do is complain about the rules like some other drivers in the series. Keselowski believes the best way to approach the situation is to maximize his performance to the best of his ability.
“I feel like I have just entered a mode that it is what it is and you either get happy with it or find something else to do and I really don’t want to do something else,” Keselowski said. “I want to win another championship. I want to win races like this one. I don’t want to waste any of my brain space that I have available, which is very limited, thinking about things that I can’t change.”
But Keselowski wants to change one thing Sunday and that is to erase the zero he has in the Michigan win column.
“It would certainly be one of the biggest wins of my career,” he said. “I try not to think too much about it because you just get some bad vibes going I think and you don’t just do your thing. It is certainly always on my mind.”