Brad Keselowski Targets Finishing 2021 NASCAR Daytona 500 “Without Getting Destroyed”

Published 01/29/2021, 10:15 AM EST
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 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)


The Daytona 500 race is one of the biggest occasions in a NASCAR driver’s life. But one racing personality for whom it has not been so cheerful in recent times is Brad Keselowski.

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The Team Penske driver has had a hard time driving in the recent editions of the ‘Great American Race’. Naturally, for the upcoming Daytona 500, Keselowski’s primary objective is to ensure continuity in the race without ‘getting destroyed’.

Speaking in an interview, Keselowski said, “I’m as excited as I can be knowing that we’re going to go there and destroy a bunch of race cars. I’m just so hopeful I can make it through that whole race without getting destroyed.”

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Feel like we have been really competitive in the Daytona 500, says Brad Keselowski

“That would be a major accomplishment given the last five years there. I feel like we have been really competitive and in a spot to win and it hasn’t obviously worked out for us.”

In the 2020 edition, he finished 36th after getting caught in a wreck which spelled elimination for him. Prior to that, in 2017 and 2018, he was collected in crashes, despite getting into some good positions during races.

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)

“I just want to be in position and have the opportunity to make the move. That’s all I can really ask for. If I can do that, then I’ll be excited, but it has not been the case the last five years,” concluded Keselowski on the subject.

The Team Penske No.2 is winless in eleven Daytona 500 races

Winning the season opener certainly has its advantages, considering everyone can see how pacy the cars are. In addition, heading into Victory Lane is always a special feeling for every NASCAR racer.

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 28: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, races Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Thomas Built Buses Ford, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

But, more than the racecraft, luck is one component that the 2012 Cup Series champion has not had in recent races. Admittedly, qualifying and maintaining leads in the first stage can only get a driver so far.

Therefore, Keselowski’s fans will be optimistic that with better fortune, their superstar can finally crack the code in the 2021 Daytona 500. In doing so, he just might also set down his credentials as a genuine title contender for the season.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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