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17th of August 2017

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A NASCAR win for Brad Keselowski would make Michigan even more special

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It’s at the top of Brad Keselowski’s bucket list -- to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

Thus far, a Cup victory in the Irish Hills has eluded the 2012 NASCAR champion, who was born in the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills and cut his teeth on small racetracks around the state.

Keselowski, 33, starts on pole for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 in his No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion -- his first pole in 17 starts at his home track.

The Team Penske ace, who is currently sixth in Cup standings, has come tantalizingly close to winning a Cup race at MIS, finishing second in the 2012 August event and placing third three times (2011, 2014 and 2016).

Keselowski wants nothing more than a victory at Michigan, which his team owner Roger Penske owned from 1972 to 1999.

“It would be huge for me (to win at MIS),” said Keselowski after qualifying at Michigan on Friday. “I know we have a fast car to try and capitalize on it. I don’t know how to summarize it any better than (it’s) a driver’s home track, where his family and friends are all present, just feels like a bigger event.”

Keselowski’s father, Bob, uncle Ron and brother Brian all drove at MIS during their careers.

MIS is just a special place to Brad.

“Michigan, for me, being my home track, just feels like a bigger event than other weeks and you want to make these people proud when you have the opportunity,” said Keselowski, who has two wins this season and a total of 23 career Cup victories. “So, when you have the smallest sliver of success, it just feels magnified. It feels bigger and that’s what it feels to me.”

By Mike Brudenell

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