For old times’ sake, the large glass that Brad Keselowski used to toast his 2012 NASCAR Cup Series championship has been located. The bad news: It wasn’t empty.
Keselowski will apparently have the super-sized glassware on standby when he gets his shot at the 2020 title in Sunday’s season finale (3 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Phoenix Raceway. He earned his first premier series title eight years ago at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In 2012, he celebrated with the trophy, but also with a sudsy flagon of Miller Lite — his primary sponsor at the time. That led to a viral moment in a tipsy Victory Lane interview with ESPN’s SportsCenter, something that Keselowski — now married and with children — has been warned by his family not to repeat.
“My wife has told me that she will prepare the glass as long as I promise to drink responsibly,” Keselowski said, “and we have a deal.”
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) November 6, 2020
But the piece of Keselowski racing nostalgia had a little bit of his sponsor’s product remaining in the bottom of the glass — not ideal.
“Those people that know me know that I like to leave things as they were, meaning that we located the glass from 2012,” Keselowski said. “It still had beer in it, a little on the bottom. Needless to say, that was not a pleasant sight, but it was authentic. So my wife is cleaning it as we speak. She’s going to wrap it up, put it in a nice bubble-wrap box, and hopefully we’ll be getting it out Sunday night.”