Brad Keselowski through the years
By Staff Report | Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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Brad Keselowski's NASCAR career is one of determination, both as a driver and a team owner. Scroll through to see highlights from the entirety of his NASCAR career.
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Keselowski made his NASCAR debut in what is now the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in 2004. His only full-time season at the Gander Trucks level came in 2005, when he finished in the top 10 for the first time in his career (Daytona International Speedway). Keselowski has competed in 66 Gander Trucks races in his career.
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It didn't take long for Keselowski to move his way up the NASCAR ranks. In 2006, the driver ran his first race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Auto Club Speedway in the No. 23 Love FiFi Chevrolet.
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Keselowski ran most of the 2007 Xfinity Series season. Nearly halfway into the year, the 23-year-old received a phone call from Dale Earnhardt Jr. The co-owner of JR Motorsports offered Keselowski the opportunity to finish the season in the No. 88 U.S. Navy Chevrolet.
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Keselowski reached Victory Lane in 2008 on two occasions: once at Nashville Superspeedway in June, followed up by a dominating run at Bristol Motor Speedway that summer. He finished the 2008 season with 11 top fives and 20 top-10 finishes.
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To this day, Keselowski credits the phone call from Earnhardt as one of the pivotal points in his career. He ran the No. 88 for JR Motorsports full time until 2010.
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After racing just two events in 2008 at the NASCAR Cup Series level, Keselowski wheeled his No. 09 Chevrolet to a win at Talladega Superspeedway in just his fifth series start. This marked his first win at the sport's highest level.
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For the 2010 Xfinity Series season, Keselowski landed at Team Penske. He rattled off six wins, 26 top fives and 29 top-10 finishes en route to the 2010 championship. He also drove the No. 12 Team Penske car full-time in the Cup Series that season.
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Keselowski took over the iconic No. 2 car for Team Penske in 2011 and hasn't looked backed.
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Keselowski always has been a regular user of social media, especially Twitter. During the 2012 Daytona 500, Keselowski tweeted this picture, showing fans his view during a red-flag period after Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into a jet dryer, causing a fiery scene.
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The dynamic duo of Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe hit the jackpot in 2012 when the pair took home the championship trophy. With five wins, 13 top fives and 23 top-10 finishes, Keselowski cemented his name as one of the sport's biggest stars.
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A White House visit was one of the highlights from Keselowski's championship tour after winning the title.
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With a Gander Trucks win at Bristol in 2014, Keselowski joined select company as a driver with a win in three NASCAR national series. To date, 31 drivers have accomplished this including Keselowski's Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney.
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The 2014 season saw Keselowski make a strong surge with five wins over a 16-race stretch. His victory in September at Richmond Raceway was the most dominant of that stretch where he led 383 of 400 laps. Keselowski's win the next month at Talladega helped him stave off playoff elimination.
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The Keselowski-Wolfe pairing was long marked by a willingness to go on different strategies. Keselowski's 2015 victory at Auto Club was thanks to that mentality as he drove up from 18th on Lap 203 with fresh tires to the win -- leading just one lap (Lap 209) -- the final one -- on the day.
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Keselowski and longtime girlfriend Paige White tied the knot in February 2017. The couple have a daughter, Scarlett, who is a fixture in Victory Lane celebrations.
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Keselowski paid tribute to Earnhardt with his Talladega paint scheme for the fall 2017 race with #Cheers2DaleJr look that was similar to the U.S. Navy paint schemes Keselowski drove at JR Motorsports. Keselowski won the race, and over the years, he has shown himself to be in the same class as Earnhardt at Talladega with five wins at the superspeedway.
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Keselowski used consistency, strategy and patience to land a spot in the Championship 4 in 2017. He finished fourth in the final standings.
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In 2018, Keselowski went on a hot streak at the right time. After winning at Darlington Raceway, Keselowski made a dramatic late pass to win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and followed that up with a victory in 2018 NASCAR Playoffs opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Keselowski joined Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch as drivers who enjoyed three-race win streaks in 2018, a rarity considering there have only been 26 drivers to have such streaks in NASCAR's modern era (1972-present).
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Unfortunately, Keselowski couldn't keep the magic from his winning streak all the way through the playoffs. After finishing 31st at Charlotte Motor Speedway(pictured), Keselowski's Round of 12 began with 14th- and 27th-place finishes at Dover International Speedway and Talladega, respectively. That put him in a must-win at Kansas Speedway, and he couldn't advance. But three top-five finishes in his final four races of the season built momentum heading into 2019.
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Keselowski started hot in 2019, winning three times in the first 12 races of the season. His victory at Kansas in May was his 30th career Cup Series triumph. He became just the 27th driver in NASCAR history to reach the 30-win plateau.
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Three wins, 13 top fives and 19 top 10s were the outcome of a solid 2019 season for Keselowski. He drove the No. 2 Ford for Team Penske to eighth place in the final Cup Series standings.
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Brad Keselowski and wife Paige have welcomed their second bundle of joy into the world in late November 2019. This photo of newborn daughter Autumn with big sister and 4-year-old Scarlett was quite the magical way to end 2019.
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In the 2020 season, Brad Keselowski was paired with a new crew chief in Jeremy Bullins. Team Penske shuffled up the pit bosses on all three of its Cup teams and that meant breaking up the Wolfe-Keselowski combo that won 29 races together from 2011-2019.