Brad Keselowski pumped after advancing to title race: 'This feels a little bit like Christmas'
Despite finishing 16th in Sunday's Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway, Brad Keselowski punched his ticket to the Championship 4 title race.
Keselowski was in danger of not advancing after Chase Elliott took the lead away from Matt Kenseth with 28 laps remaining. If Elliott would have won, he, not Keselowski would have been in the title race. Instead, Kenseth got around Elliott with 10 laps remaining and held on for the win, allowing Keselowski to advance on points.
Keselowski, who won the 2012 Cup Series championship, joined Kevin Harvick, rival Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. as the four championship drivers.
“We overcame a lot of obstacles and jumped a lot of hurdles today," Keselowski said after the race. "I am glad I don’t have to relive this day, that is for sure. I am just looking forward to going to Homestead. This feels a little bit like Christmas.
"Sometimes you need a little luck on your side. Today we had that. It wasn’t by any means where we wanted to run. We wanted to run up front and have a shot for the win. That wasn’t in the cards. We tried to run the smartest race we could and survive and it ended up paying off in the end.”
The highest finisher of the four championship drivers wins the title next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a 1.5-mile track.
“Homestead is a lot different than Phoenix. Hopefully we can find what we need to run up front there and catch some breaks and win it," Keselowski said. "I am very hopeful for that. I am proud of the whole team. We had a solid day of not making any mistakes and that put us in position here. It was a great team effort.”
Keselowski has never won at Homestead and owns a 15.9 average finish at the track. His crew chief Paul Wolfe is optimistic about Keselowski's chances.
"I feel like we have put in a good effort here over the last few weeks to make sure we had a little more speed in our cars going to Homestead," Wolfe said. "We get in these types of situations and I think Brad will be able to find a little more and we just need to go down there and do what we do all year, give it our best. I think we will have a shot at this.”