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Keselowski helps Team Penske hit historic milestone

Brad Keselowski’s win Sunday in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs opener was the 500th organizational victory for Team Penske.

From the 1966 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona to the South Point 400 in Las Vegas, “The Captain” Roger Penske has steered his team to the milestone victory in its 52nd season of competition. More than 50 different drivers have won at least one race.

“What an incredible finish in Las Vegas and an amazing way to earn Team Penske’s 500th victory,” Roger Penske said in a team release. “Great job by Brad (Keselowski) and the No. 2 Autotrader Ford team to start the Playoffs with a win and a great finish by all three of our cars today. … Thanks to everyone throughout our organization for their hard work and all their dedication for helping us reach this special milestone of 500 wins.”

The win was Keselowski’s 59th for the organization, tied for the most of any driver along with Mark Donohue. Rusty Wallace is third with 37 wins. It was the 111th Penske win at NASCAR’s top level. Penske teams have won 203 teams in the IndyCar Series and 67 times in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

“Winning 500 races as an organization is such an incredible accomplishment,” Keselowski said. “Roger Penske was already in an elite category and this milestone only enhances that. I’m thrilled for Roger and everyone at Team Penske and I’m incredibly proud to drive for him.”