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Keselowski Drives his Dodge Charger to NASCAR Championship!
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Posted Monday, November 19, 2012
Penske Racing's Brad Keselowski didn't win the battle Sunday, but he did win the war. Keselowski, 28, piloted his No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger to a 15th place finish at Homestead - Miami Speedway, plenty good enough to clinch the 2012 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.   Keselowski's fate was sealed when fellow title contender Jimmie Johnson pulled out of the season finale because of a parts failure. The championship is the first for the Rochester Hills, Michigan, native and for long-time NASCAR owner Roger Penske. "I've got the best team in racing and I'm just so thrilled to be a part of it," Keselowski said. "They made incredible sacrifices and I'm just so fortunate to have them around me. I couldn't do it without the support of everyone on the Miller Lite Dodge (team)." It is Dodge's first Cup championship since Richard Petty's title in 1975. And it surely will help Penske get over a heartbreaking second-place finish in the IndyCar championship in September. "I want to thank Dodge for what they've done, and certainly Miller Lite and Shell/Pennzoil," Penske said. "I just can't take my hat off enough to all the great guys on our team, from Brad, [Crew Chief] Paul Wolfe, [Director of Competition] Travis Geisler, and when you think about [Vice President of Operations] Mike Nelson and all those guys who build these great engines -- not one failure all year in that Dodge engine. "This win goes to all the servicemen around the world who have done so much to keep us safe and secure. For me, it's just a double-win." It was announced in March that Penske Racing was ending its 11-year association with Dodge and SRT Motorsports at the conclusion of the 2012 season, making Sunday's championship even more special. "It's an amazing accomplishment for everyone," said President/CEO of SRT Brand and MotorsportsRalph Gilles. "Obviously, this project wasn't one that started yesterday. A lot of talented people have spent countless hours to make this championship possible. That's the Dodge way. It's always been the Dodge way." Keselowski is the second driver in NASCAR history to win both the Sprint Cup and the Nationwide Series championships. He won the Nationwide title in a Dodge Challenger in 2010.  The other driver to accomplish this feat was Bobby Labonte.
Post race interview with the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski
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