Brad Keselowski Defeats Five-Time Champion, Jimmie Johnson, for NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship

Keselowski won the first race of the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway en route to his first title

Brad Keselowski in Gatorade Victory Lane at Chicagoland SpeedwayJoliet, Ill. – Nov. 18, 2012 – On Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Brad Keselowski won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, out maneuvering five-time champion, Jimmie Johnson, over the final 10 races to earn the coveted title. The 28-year-old Rochester Hills, Mich. native achieved the sports highest honor in just his third full season racing in the Cup Series.

“These guys [my team] up here make me big enough, fast enough, strong enough,” said Keselowski, 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. “This isn’t a one man effort. I wouldn’t be here without my team and my family. My family is a part of my team and without them I ‘m nothing. I have the best team all around me.”

“It’s a dream come true to have a car like the Blue Deuce,” Keselowski continued. “This is what you dream of as a drive. I’m just so fortunate.”

Keselowski, who won the GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway this past September, the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, also gave team owner, Roger Penske, his first ever Sprint Cup Series Championship. Penske Racing had previously collected 23 national championships in various racing series’, but this was their first in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“Well I’ll tell you what, it’s been a great season. I just can’t take my hat enough to all of the great guys on our team. Brad, Paul [Wolfe] and the whole team,” said Roger Penske, owner of Penske Racing. “I want to thank Dodge for all that they’ve done for us. This win goes to the service men and women around the world who have done so much to keep us safe and secure.”

Entering the race with a 20-point lead, Keselowski needed to finish in 15th or better; or 16th and at least one lap led; or 17th and the most laps led to clinch the championship over Johnson. When the dust settled after 400 miles in Miami, Keselowski finished 15th to secure his place in NASCAR history. Johnson went on to finish 36th after he had a rear gear break and headed back to the garage with 40 laps remaining.

Tickets for the 2013 NASCAR race weekends at Chicagoland Speedway go on-sale Sunday, February 24, 2013 in conjunction with the 55th running of the Daytona 500. For more information on the ’13 race season at Chicagoland speedway or to purchase tickets, call 888-629-RACE (7223).

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Returning for the third consecutive year, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will once again kick-off at Chicagoland Speedway – Sept. 13-15, 2013. The three-day race weekend will begin with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s GEICO 400, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The complete 2013 NASCAR schedule of events at Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:

Date Event
Sunday, July 21 STP 300 (NASCAR Nationwide Series)
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards

Friday, Sept. 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Saturday, Sept. 14 Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola (NASCAR Nationwide Series)
Sunday, Sept. 15 GEICO 400 (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)

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