CONCORD, N.C. — Brad Keselowski is leading the points after three races in NASCAR’s Sprint for the Cup.
There’s no place he’d rather be.
“I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to be leading,” said Keselowski, who is in front of second-place Jimmie Johnson by five points after winning Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. “I don’t understand that theory at all. You take the lead and run.”
Keselowski said his strong start to the Chase — seven races remain starting with Sunday’s Good Sam 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway — is a simple testament to the work of his No. 22 Dodge team at Penske Racing.
“It’s a solid team,” said Keselowski, who was making an appearance Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway ahead of next week’s Bank of America 500. “I’ve worn out that word — ‘team’ — because that’s what it is. There’s no silver bullet. The cars are good. The execution on pit road is strong. Knock on wood, we’ve had no big failures. That’s what it takes to be successful.”
Keselowski has won two of the Chase’s three races (also winning the opener at Chicago) and was sixth two weeks ago at New Hampshire.
And Talladega is a friendly track for Keselowski, who won for the first time in his career there in 2009 and also won this season’s spring race at the 2.66-mile track, the longest on NASCAR’s circuit.
“I have conflicting emotions,” said Keselowski. “There’s a part of me that says that no matter how bad it goes, I can’t lose any more than 47 points. The other side thinks, if we go to Talladega and have a bad day and end up losing a championship by those points, that would really be a shame.”
Keselowski’s appearance at CMS included playing a racing video game against a fan on the track’s huge video screen. His opponent was Josh Bralley, a freshman at UNC Charlotte who races Late Model cars at Hickory Speedway.
Bralley beat Keselowski in the eight-lap computer race and will get to serve as an honorary crew member for Keselowski for the Charlotte race on Oct. 13.
“I’m nervous (Bralley) will take over my car after beating me,” said Keselowski.