The Drive Thursday 10-5-12 Fresh off his 5th victory of the season, The current points leader for NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Series, Brad Keselowski, sat down with Taylor Zarzour to discuss the challenges he has had to overcome to achieve success so far and what it will take to finish the year strong.
“I think that as a team we’ve really come together and we complement each other really well… We’re just a really good team.”
This was Keselowski’s ‘s response to what he thinks is the difference for he and his fellow teammates as opposed to previous years. This statement, and overall mentality, is apparent in the overwhelmingly positive results they have experienced early on in the chase for the Sprint Cup.
The recent win at Dover has not only given him the lead in the point standings, but has also instilled a sense of confidence for him and his team as the chase progresses. Despite that confidence, veteran and former five-time Champion, Jimmy Johnson, is still within striking distance and that type of pressure is something that drivers can get distracted by.
“You can lose sight of your own game. I think for us, that’s not what we need to do. When we play our own game, we play very solid… You see this in professional sports all the time… Some teams have a habit of kinda playing down their competition. I think that happens when you compete with them instead of just doing the best you can on your own. And that’s a mistake… For us, we’re going to run our game plan. I can guarantee I will, and that’s been successful. There’s no reason to get away from it.”
Strangely enough, entering into Talladega, the game plan seems to almost be no game plan at all: ”You can go into Talladega with a plan, but I think that just gets you flustered. Because once you get to about halfway into the race and realize the plan hasn’t come together at all, you get really frustrated… And that puts you in a bad mental state to come up with a new realistic working plan. So I’ve always found when I enter Talladega, I’m way better off when I enter without a plan.”
Regardless of whether there’s a plan or not, thanks to his win at Dover, Kesekowski is certainly not short on confidence and he likes his chances no matter where the track is.
“We can go anywhere and win, whether it’s Charlotte here in a few weeks or obviously Talladega this weekend. I feel like our cars and our team right now are strong enough to get the job done on pretty much any track we go to. We just have to execute and do our thing and it can be done.”
Through three races, Keselowski holds a 5-point lead over Jimmy Johnson with 7 races remaining, so it’s sure to be another exciting finish in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.