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MENCS: Brad Keselowski Secures Future at Team Penske


You can officially take Brad Keselowski off the Silly Season discussion for next year as the driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite entry from Team Penske inked a multi-year extension to keep him with the only team he has driven full-time for int he Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Paul Wolfe, crew chief of the No. 2 team, signed a contract extension earlier this season and many speculated that Keselowski might be leaving Team Penske due to the length it took the driver and team to come to agreement.

Keselowski has exclaimed that a deal was in the works and to be patient, but without his name on the solid line, many thought he was on his way out the door.

“In the time that Brad has driven for Team Penske, he has risen to the top echelon of stars in NASCAR,” said Roger Penske. “Brad and Paul have established a terrific, winning combination and they are both real leaders within our team. More than just wins and championships, Brad is an important part our relationship with Ford Performance and his work with the Checkered Flag Foundation shows what kind of person he is away from the track. There is no question he continues to be a great fit for our organization.”

Keselowski joined Team Penske in 2009, during that time he has scored 22 Cup Series victories as well as the 2012 series Championship. In addition, he was 29 NASCAR XFINIY Series wins and won the 2010 NXS Championship.

“Roger and everyone at Team Penske have given me everything we need to win championships at the highest levels of NASCAR,” said Keselowski. “As I have said all along, Team Penske is where I want to be and I am thrilled to continue with the organization well into the future. I have a lot of years left in the sport and I truly feel our best years are ahead of us.”

“There is no one I want helping make my racecars go fast more than Paul Wolfe,” continued Keselowski. “We have a lot of continuity between the two of us, and really the entire No. 2 Ford team, which is so important in today’s NASCAR. With partners like Miller Lite, Alliance Truck Parts, Wurth, Autotrader, Fitzgerald Glider Kits, Discount Tire and Ford Performance in our corner, I feel like we have the strongest overall program in the sport.”

Keselowski has recorded 51 wins while driving for Team Penske, making him the second-winningest driver in team history. He is just eight victories away from tying Team Penske Hall of Fame member, Mark Donohue, for the top honor.

“Mark Donohue is the driver that Roger was able to build this team around over 50 years ago, a man who won our first NASCAR Cup Series race and our first Indianapolis 500. I am truly blessed to be close to tying his record for wins with Team Penske and this extension will allow me to place my name beside such a legendary driver,” added Keselowski.

Keselowski continues to climb the ranks of NASCAR’s all-time greats. His 23 career MENCS victories tie him with Ricky Rudd for 33rd on the career wins list. With 35 career NXS victories, he ranks fifth in all-time series wins. Keselowski is also one of only four drivers to win both a MENCS championship and NXS title in their career.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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