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Keselowski Inks Contract Extension with Team Penske

By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor

With his contract set to expire at the end of the 2017 season, Brad Keselowski was primed to be one of the biggest free agents in the sport had he chosen to drive for someone else other than Team Penske.

On Tuesday, Keselowski and the team announced that he will be staying put for the foreseeable future, inking a multi-year contract extension with the organization to keep him behind the wheel of the No. 2 Ford.

“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.”

Since entering the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series full-time in 2010, Keselowski hasn’t driven for any other organization other than Team Penske, racking up 22 wins, 84 top-five finishes, 135 top-10 finishes, 13 poles, and the 2012 series championship. Keselowski’s first career win came with another organization in 2009, bringing his MENCS race win total to 23.

In addition, Keselowski has also scored 29 NASCAR Xfinity Series wins for Team Penske and the 2010 championship in that division.

Keselowski’s 51 wins while driving for Team Penske make him the second-winningest driver in the organization’s history, just eight wins behind legendary driver Mark Donohue.

“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.”

Team Penske also announced that crew chief Paul Wolfe has signed a contract extension of his own, keeping the fruitful partnership between him and Keselowski intact for the future. All 22 of Keselowski’s Cup Series wins with Team Penske have come with Wolfe at the helm.

“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.”

Through the first 20 races of 2017, Keselowski has scored two wins (Atlanta and Martinsville), along with 10 top-five finishes, 13 top-10 finishes, one pole, 461 laps led, and an average finish of 13.7. He currently sits sixth in points and will be making his sixth career trip to the playoffs to try and capture another championship.

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David Morgan is the Associate Editor for Motorsports Tribune. A 2008 graduate from the University of Mississippi, David has followed NASCAR since the early 90’s and became hooked at an early age after attending his first race at Talladega Superspeedway in 1993. He has traveled across the country since 2012 to cover some of the most prestigious events both IndyCar and NASCAR have to offer, with an aim to only expand on that in the near future.