After going winless throughout the majority of the 2013 season, Brad Keselowski and his Penske teammates had a lot to prove in 2014.
After 3 dominating wins in the second half of the regular season, Keselowski's No. 2 team has shown that they are a threat to once again be in the Championship conversation.
"I think we were fast last year at this time, but we weren't executing," commented Keselowski on his team's turnaround. "This year we're executing which is really important, as well, and we have a lot of momentum and I think we have a lot of potential still left in our team."
Sunday's win in the Camping World 301 at New Hampshire Motorspeedway was about as convincing as you can get for a race team. Keselowski led twice as many laps as any other driver and wasted no time telling us how sweet the feeling was.
"It really feels like we hit our stride," continued the race winner. "I'm kind of quiet and somber because I want to soak it all in. I don't want this moment to go away so quick."
Accidents and restarts were Keselowski's main opponents during the day and much of the blame fell on the aging professional Morgan Sheperd. However, second place finisher, Kyle Busch, was not so quick to lay the blame on Morgan's driving.
"You know, it seemed like he had a hard time holding the bottom of the racetrack a little bit, but that's sometimes to be expected," explained Busch. "It's so flat down there."
When the caution came out with 4 laps to go, Keselowski had no worries about staying out front on the green-white-checkered restart.
"From our perspective our car was so fast you hate to do anything do it because something could happen," explained Brad about not pitting on the last caution. "That was kind of how I was feeling about it, but thankfully we were able to get back up there and make the most of it."
With a week off before heading to Indy, Keselowski is thankful for the time off.
"I think that's a real pleasure for us and something that we can enjoy, and then obviously a little bit of rest is never a bad thing," observed Brad. "We've been hitting it pretty hard."
We'll see if they can keep the Mojo moving in their direction.
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