Brad Keselowski is upset with his car after a run in with Brett Moffitt at Pocono Raceway.
Brad Keselowski celebrates his first NCWTS victory in 62 starts and explains how Thursday’s victory carries a special sense of pride.
Cole Whitt's No. 35 team crew member is OK after contact Brad Keselowski hit the jackman for the No. 35 Front Row Motorsports team during Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway . Cole Whitt was coming in for service right behind the No. 2 Team Penske Ford, leading to the collision. After finishing 12th at Dover, Keselowski took to Twitter on Monday to both acknowledge the accident and compliment jackman Nick Keller on his resilience. The day at Dover was a long one for Whitt, who finished 26th after having power steering problems. Long day at the monster mile today. Makes it really really long when the power steering is on and off through the corners... Glad it's over — Cole Whitt (@ColeWhitt) May 31, 2015 Keselowski checked in on Keller on Monday and was relieved the jackman was doing well. Pit road is dangerous. Glad this guy is ok. pic.twitter.com/JtdvYOCnP3 — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) June 1, 2015 Very impressive athleticism. Just spoke with him on the phone. Can't believe he's ok. https://t.co/Itc8lSZoD9 — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) June 1, 2015 The incident was captured by pit road cameras, and Pittalks.com posted them, showing the agility and competitive spirit that Keselowski was complimenting. Keller held onto his jack and immediately went to work on Whitt's car. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
First race came 20 years ago at Phoenix Twenty years ago, a black Goodwrench No. 3 Chevrolet outran a rainbow-schemed vehicle to earn a historic victory. No, it wasn't a race involving Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon . It wasn't even in the premier series. This particular event was the 1995 Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic, the first-ever Truck Series race, and it was held Feb. 5 at Phoenix International Raceway , the site of this weekend's stop on the NASCAR circuit. Mike Skinner won that race -- and later that year, the series championship -- after a thrilling late duel with Terry Labonte , who was driving the Rick Hendrick-owned No. 5 Chevrolet. The field also included Ken Schrader , Geoff Bodine, Roger Mears and Bob Keselowski , as well as future series champions Mike Bliss , Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday Jr . Twenty years later, the present-day NASCAR Camping World Truck Series consists of talented veterans driving alongside NASCAR's next stars. Camping World and NASCAR announced a seven-year extension in 2014, ensuring moments like the one below will continue for a long time to come. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Brett Moffitt goes up the track in Turn 1 and Keselowski gets caught up, damaging the No. 2 Ford.
Brad Keselowski suffers front end damage during lead battle with Regan Smith.
Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch stay out late and battle for the win while Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch trade paint fighting for third.
Driver actively involved with military causes; will adorn truck at Charlotte Brad Keselowski couldn't have imagined a trip in 2008 to Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California, would still be affecting his life today. But then again, the young driver couldn't have predicted what he would hear, see or experience in that hospital either. "I went through there in the hospital and it damn near made me cry walking past all these other guys," Keselowski recalled. "At the time, I was 23. There were guys that looked like they weren't going to make it and they were my age. "I think that rattles you pretty hard, at least it did me." Less than a year later, another experience with a close friend left Keselowski shaken once more, but a bit more certain of his eventual calling. "I had a friend, a close friend, who I remember spending New Year's with in 2009," Keselowski said. "He got deployed two weeks later, was in the Middle East … and he got blown up within the first month or two. He came back and when I saw him, that's when I knew. "All these things, it felt like kind of karma or the universe was pushing me this direction. I'd say that's what got me to where I am. Once I started the events and spent time with these people, I could relate to them so well." With a nudge from the universe, Keselowski launched the Checkered Flag Foundation in 2010 -- a 501(c)(3) organization that helps support military personnel and hosts various events to raise funds and awareness. • • • His foundation was the reason Keselowski was standing in the middle of the upscale David Yurman jewelry store at SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday night. Proceeds from the store's sales that evening benefited Charlotte Bridge Home, a local foundation that supports veterans and helps former military personnel ease the transition between service and their return home. "Tonight's event is about, one, having fun; two, raising attention; and three, helping to raise funds in the process for Charlotte Bridge foundation, which is a foundation that's dedicated in a very similar fashion (to the Checkered Flag Foundation) to help servicemen, servicewomen here locally in Charlotte … trying to find a home, trying to get back on their feet," Keselowski said, addressing the group on Tuesday night. "It's a cause that we're near and dear to as well, and we're glad and proud to help support them." The night's guests included foundation members, friends, NASCAR personnel and several veterans. One of the attendees was Charlotte Bridge Home's Veteran Outreach Specialist Tommy Rieman, a Silver Star and Purple Heart recipient who Keselowski refers to as a "general badass." "The way ( Keselowski ) sets himself up above the other drivers by coming out and doing things like this, showing that he cares for veterans, he leads by example," said Rieman, whose military service was recognized by President George W. Bush during the 2007 State of the Union Address. "So every veteran appreciates him … You've just got to love a guy who puts on a NASCAR event at a fine jewelry store." Rieman met Keselowski during one of the ride-alongs that the driver often gave to military personnel in the Checkered Flag Foundation's infancy. Surrounded by spotless glass cases filled with sparkling gems, the pair engaged in a lengthy conversation on Tuesday as the night was winding down. Staying past the event's scheduled hours while working the room, Keselowski seemed to know a little about each of the foundation's members. "He's a veteran who was in the Vietnam Era," Keselowski said, pointing out the organization's founder Thomas Norman with whom he had just exchanged goodbyes. "He was (U.S. Army) Special Forces and for some reason, he got ranked up so quickly they wouldn't send him over because he was too important ... Feels like to me that there's some kind of feeling that maybe he needs to do something back. So he's done all kinds of different things. He started this (foundation) here I would say four years ago -- a lot of growth, right?" With the fame, fortune and stature that arrives with being a professional athlete, Keselowski shares a similar feeling of wanting to give back. "Sports in general is very decadent, it always has been," Keselowski said. "There's something to be said for that, as an escape. But those that live in the escape, I always feel like, maybe have a greater responsibility to do something outside of it. "I sit back and look at the Tom Brady situation from this weekend and how much noise that makes in the media landscape. Then you think of so many other significant things going on the world right now that get zero recognition. So in that sense, I feel like those of us that are fortunate enough to get that recognition -- for good or bad -- always have to spread it to other areas." This weekend, Keselowski's No. 29 Ford in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series featured Careers for Veterans on the hood in Friday night's NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway , in which he finished fifth. For Keselowski , it's another way to raise awareness for the cause that speaks to him. "I read this really great quote -- I think it's from Kevin Spacey, the actor -- about how fortunate he was to ride the elevator up to where he is and how important it is to send the elevator back down," Keselowski said. "And I thought that was really inspiring. "I'm not curing cancer. I make a very good living doing something that's decadent. I couldn't look myself in the mirror every morning, especially as I get older, knowing that I rode the elevator to the top and didn't send it back down with something so decadent as driving a car. "I'm very fortunate to have rode the elevator up." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
2012 Sprint Cup champion reacts to Kevin Harvick's comments RELATED: Kevin Harvick stumps for schedule overhaul Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick had a strong take on the Sprint Cup Series schedule during his media availability Friday at Talladega Superspeedway . The Stewart-Haas Racing driver said the 36-race lineup "needs to be mixed up" and "in my opinion the most stagnant thing in our sport is our schedule and our venues that we go to." Another Sprint Cup Series champion had a different take. Brad Keselowski , who once wrote a blog about his dream NASCAR schedule, reacted via Twitter later Friday afternoon. His thoughts: Interesting to see nascar schedule change topic come up again. Seems like we go through this every year about this time... — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) May 1, 2015 @ keselowski because EVERYONE wants more short tracks......we just had Martinsville, Bristol and Richmond....thats what we want to see!! — JoeyPletka (@JoeyPletka) May 1, 2015 Me too. But what everyone wants and what everyone is willing to pay for are two different things. https://t.co/1dUeR0PRjB — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) May 1, 2015 Even though most drivers and fans would say they prefer short tracks, almost all local short tracks are struggling to stay in business. — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) May 1, 2015 Idk why- No denying that when nascar added 1.5 tracks in late 90's it grew tremendously. Despite the outcry for 1.5. — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) May 1, 2015 A major schedule change for Nascar isn't a "common win" because tracks would lose $ It won't happen in the short term or maybe even ever. — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) May 1, 2015 IMHO- We need to find "common wins" to grow Motorsports These Must benefit fans, tracks, teams, sponsors nascar and all other stakeholders. — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) May 1, 2015
Team Penske driver on pit road penalty: 'I swung, we missed' RELATED: Full All-Star Race results CONCORD, N.C. -- Brad Keselowski borrowed a baseball analogy to describe his decision to push the envelope during the final intermission in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Rather than leave the bat on his shoulder in the ninth inning, Keselowski dug in deeper leaving pit road for the final time. That decision netted Keselowski a pivotal pit road speeding penalty just before the 10-lap final segment, sending the Team Penske No. 2 Ford to the back of the field and dooming his chances at his first All-Star victory. "Sorry, man. I just had to pull out all the stops to get that pit road spot," Keselowski told crew chief Paul Wolfe post-race, making an allusion to going down swinging shortly after rallying to a ninth-place finish. "… Probably not what you want to hear, but thanks for everything." Keselowski finished first in two of the four 25-lap preliminary segments, boosting his average finish to the top of the 20-car field and placing him first in the realigned running order before the mandatory four-tire pit stop. After coming in for service, Keselowski eased ahead of speedy Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch , pulling alongside eventual race winner Denny Hamlin at the exit of pit road. But instead of lining up second and on the front row for the final restart, Keselowski was demoted to the tail of the field. "I knew when I was coming out of the pit stall and the 11 (Hamlin) was pulling out with me, I either beat him to that line or lose the race," said Keselowski , twice a runner-up in the annual All-Star Race. "The penalty was I was three-tenths of a mile an hour over the speed limit, but I told my crew chief, I'd rather go down swinging than take a strike and wonder what might have been. I swung, we missed." After a quick debrief, Wolfe shrugged off the penalty as a simple miscue, one he hoped the team could put behind it entering next Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM), NASCAR's longest race. "Everyone at every position on the team, you've got to get all you can to win these races and I understand that," Wolfe said. "It's frustrating. Would've liked to have a shot from the front row. It's one thing not to come back out with the lead after we came in with the lead, but then to have to go all the way to the rear and not ever have a shot at it, it's frustrating. Just trying to get all you can, and it's a mistake. We all make mistakes and all we can do is try to learn from it, and hopefully we can come back next week and be a little better." A large part of Keselowski's motivation was to gather the all-important clean air out front, a precious commodity at an especially finicky track under the current NASCAR rules setup. Keselowski said the aero package could be less of a factor in next week's 600-miler, a race known for its long green-flag stretches. But on Saturday night in a segmented All-Star show, clean air was the ultimate trump card, possibly one worth speeding for. "Whoever gets the clean air with this format and this rules package is going to drive away," Keselowski said. "We've seen that the last three years and with this particular car, it's probably even more so. I thought the 4 (Harvick) and 41 (Busch) were probably two or three tenths faster than everybody, but without clean air, it doesn't matter." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule