Brad Keselowski Explains How Much His Runner-up Finish ‘Stings’ after 2020 NASCAR Season

Published 12/20/2020, 7:12 AM CST
TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 13: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, stands by his car during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


The NASCAR playoff system ensures that the championship fight always goes down to the wire. For the 2020 Cup Series season, the battle was between Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano. In the end, Elliott emerged as the champion for the first time in his career.

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Of course, Keselowski, Hamlin, and Logano were gutted to miss out, but there can only be one winner. The no. 2 Penske driver is probably the most disappointed, as he finished runner-up to Elliott.

Speaking about the loss, he said, “Second stings. At the end of the day, it is the result and it could be a lot worse. To get that close and not bring it home is a sting.”

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However, he insisted that he could either let it fester in him or work through it and improve. According to Brad Keselowski, he knows that he is perfectly capable of moving to the next level.

Brad Keselowski trains his focus on 2021

The driver admitted that he and the Penske team have their work cut out for them in 2021. Keselowski also acknowledged that there will be plenty of stiff competition in the coming season.

LOUDON, NH – SEPTEMBER 19: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, sits in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The 36-year-old will be wary of Chevrolet in the new season, as they can build on their championship win. Owing to this, he, Team Penske, and Ford will have to really dig deep to bring the fight to the Chevys.

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He also insisted that he and the team will try their level best to perform better. Obviously, things will not be easy, but Keselowski and the Team Penske crew will give it a good shot.

Hopefully, for his sake, Brad Keselowski will be able to add to the 2012 Cup Series crown. However, he will have to muscle his way past Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and many others, to get there.

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