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Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing - Q&A

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Q:
Brad, when you look at the trophy of this race a year from now or two years from now, are you going to look at it and think, heck yeah, we won Charlotte, or are you going to think about, yeah, we won Charlotte, that was the year we didn't make the Chase?

Brad Keselowski:
No, I'm going to think, without that yellow we probably wouldn't have had the opportunity to win the race. But last year without the yellow that came out, we probably would have won the race. It's funny how that works. I was thinking about that as I was pulling into victory lane how we had a dominant car here last fall of 2012, and the yellows just played against us and we didn't get an opportunity to really capitalize on it. This year we had an excellent car, as well, and we caught a little bit of a break with the yellow. It's funny how those things come around sometimes, and either way we got a win, and that's what I'm going to think about.

Q:
Brad, you obviously have a talent for riling people up at times with your words, and you had plenty of opportunity to do that both after you won the championship and even earlier this year, and when you didn't make the Chase and kind of through some of the frustration you've had this year, it seemed some people took pleasure in that. I think about Gil Martin's tweet after Richmond. How have you dealt with that this year? Has it humbled you, fired you up more to see people taking pleasure in you not doing as well this year, and how have you handled the frustration?

Brad Keselowski:
Well, in a competitive environment like racing is, there's always going to be people that root against you, no matter what you're doing. It's actually a little bit of a thrill in a way when you can step back and really appreciate it. In the moment it kind of sucks when your sister goes on stage and introduces you and there's always that one loud annoying guy that boos you and three or four people that cheer. In the moment that's not always that much fun, but when you get back home and think about it and think about it in a grander scheme, big picture, you realize what that means. You realize that there's the one guy that is a great fan of somebody else and he knows you're a threat, and he's going to take pleasure in you not succeeding because he knows it's just a better opportunity for his guy to succeed.

So I think you have to see those things in the big picture and it's hard to do in the moment. As I look back at it, certainly I want to be cheered and I want people to be excited when I win, but I also know that the reality is you're never going to have everybody that likes you, and I think that when you try so hard to make everyone like you and to be everything to everyone, you end up being no one to anyone. So it's just something that's not possible, and you have to move on and accept it.

Yes, there's going to be people that take pleasure in our failures, but there's also a lot of people that take pleasure in our successes, and I'm not going to reward those that take the pleasure in our failures. I'm going to enjoy the success with those that enjoy it like I do.

Q:
I was interested to know through all this missing the Chase, what's kept Brad going? What's been your motivation, because it can be not only a humbling experience but something that can just run you into the ground, but yet you've continued to be positive and now you're back winning again. What's kept you going through all this adversity, especially this year?

Brad Keselowski:
Yeah, that's actually a really great question. I think that when I look at Roger and putting together the #22 Nationwide team, the success we've had over there, that re-instills confidence in myself. I think I look at some other things that have happened, the truck team runs really well. That makes me feel good. And I know, too, in the back of my mind that we've had strong runs with this car, with this team, and we just haven't finished it off.

When you look back on the weekend and I get all these fancy graphs and everything and you see them and read them and see we were the fastest car at this point in the race and we were really strong in this category or that category and you see those categories are different week to week and you see that you're really good in one, each category, but on different weeks and never all together. You know it's there, you've just got to put it all together. It's like this great jigsaw puzzle and you start to make progress on it. Yeah, am I frustrated it didn't come all together? Absolutely. But you start to see hope, and I've seen hope the whole year.




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