Brad Keselowski: A NASCAR Cup win at Michigan still 'huge item on the bucket list'

Brad Keselowski: A NASCAR Cup win at Michigan still 'huge item on the bucket list'

06/08/2019

Brad Keselowski on Sunday will be making his 20th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway.

Michigan still means something to Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski.

Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Mustang, starts eighth for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. It’s a track that has been kind, but not kind enough, to the 2012 Cup Series champion and Michigan native.

After all, Keselowsk has yet to win in 19 previous Cup Series starts at the 2-mile track in Brooklyn, Mich.

“It is a huge item on the bucket list,” Keselowski said. “A check mark that is not there. I feel like we have had the opportunity and we have made a few mistakes. I feel like in some ways we have been good but not great enough to do it.”

Keselowski has come close at Michigan, finishng second in both the 2012 and 2018 races at MIS. In all, he has six top 10s and six top fives in his 19 starts.

“I think 2012 I had a really good shot at winning it,” Keselowski said. “I don’t think we have ever really come here and been the best car, but we were in position and I made a little mistake late that probably cost us. Other than that, we have been kind of right there.

“Someone once told me that to win races at the Cup level you run in the top-five and things will fall your way. We have done that a lot here. We have run in the top-five but it hasn’t fallen our way.”

If there is one thing that Keselowski can hang his hat on for Sunday’s race, it’s that he seems to be riding the right horse — one of eight Ford Mustangs starting in the top 10.

“I just have to believe in the back of my head that it is there and that it will if we keep doing the things we have been doing but it hasn’t yet,” Keselowski said. “That is just the reality. It would certainly be one of the biggest wins of my career.

“I try not to think too much about it because you just get some bad vibes going I think and you don’t just do your thing. It is certainly always on my mind.”

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