Brad Keselowski finished eighth in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings.
The Team Penske driver found Victory Lane three times this season and ended up with 13 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. Keselowski also won three pole positions.
Although his quest for a second series title ended in the Round of 8, Keselowski was still encouraged by his team’s effort in 2019.
“I’m proud of everyone on the Discount Tire team,” Keselowski said after his 18th-place finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “We won three races this season and finished eighth in the points and that’s something to be proud of and build on for next season.”
The first of Keselowski’s season wins came in the second race of the season when he was victorious at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He battled flu-like symptoms all week leading into the race but was able to overcome his illness to win.
“A win always makes you feel better,” Keselowski said.
Keselowski started 19th and had to come back from a slow pit stop on lap 126 when the jack broke.
“An up and down day but ended on the high side,” Keselowski said in Victory Lane. “Had some highs and lows, we had a broken jack and then the pit road sequence we got debris on the grille and overheated. The Roush Yates engine held together, shout out to Doug Yates.”
Keselowski’s second victory came just four weeks later when he took the checkered flag at Martinsville Speedway. His STP 500 win came in dominating fashion. Keselowski swept both stages and led 446 laps on his way to the checkered flag for his second win of the season and the 29th of his career.
“The car was really good,” Keselowski said. “Ford worked really hard in the offseason to build these cars and make them real strong and so far, so good. It’s just a great day for our team, awesome execution on pit road and big credit to Doug Yates and all the engine guys. Those guys work really hard and it’s just one of those days you dream of as a race car driver, where you’ve got a great car.”
In what turned out to Keselowski’s final win of the season, he crossed the finish line first Mother’s Day weekend at Kansas Speedway in the Digital Ally 400. Keselowski got by Alex Bowman on Lap 261 and then had to hold him off in an overtime finish to score his 30th career win.
“That restart, we just got a great launch,” Keselowski said. “Alex Bowman, I tell you he’s going to win a race. He did a great job today. We just a had a little bit fresher tires than he did.”
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