By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
A day removed from capturing his 33rd career NASCAR Cup Series victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski will stay with Team Penske for a 12th straight full season in 2021.
Monday’s announcement confirmed the 2012 Cup champion will still be in the No. 2 Ford Mustang for at least one more season, ending the heavily publicized debate of whether or not Keselowski will stay or pursue a new career path by running for another race team.
Team owner Roger Penske is pleased to keep Keselowski and hopes it’ll lead to more race victories and championships.
“Brad not only demonstrates talent and skill on the track, but his leadership away from it and his dedication to our partners have had a huge impact in making our organization one of the best in NASCAR,” said Penske. “I am proud that we will be able to able to keep the continuity we have with Brad, Ryan (Blaney) and Joey (Logano) and we look forward to competing for more wins and championships together.”
Since joining Penske in 2010, Keselowski has scored a combined total of 65 NASCAR wins with 32 of them being in the highest level and nabbed two national touring titles (2010 in Xfinity and 2012 in Cup). Perhaps his biggest legacy is being the all-time winningest driver for “The Captain,” surpassing Mark Donohue in 2019.
Aside from more Cup titles, a Daytona 500 triumph has remained on the Michigan racer’s radar to further cement himself as one of the top drivers of the last decade.
“I have been racing for Team Penske for the vast majority of my NASCAR career and to continue to represent Roger Penske, our partners and his organization is exactly where I want to be,” said Keselowski. “We’ve accomplished a lot of things together over the years, including winning both the Cup and Xfinity Championships, the Brickyard 400, the Southern 500 and the Coca-Cola 600. Now, my goal is to win the Daytona 500, another championship and continue to build Team Penske into the best NASCAR team in the garage area.”
Following his win at Loudon, Keselowski has three wins, eight top-fives and 15 top-10 finishes. He’ll now head into the Michigan International Speedway doubleheader second in the regular season standings, trailing Kevin Harvick by 81 points.