“Just Holding Our Breath” – Brad Keselowski Reflects on the Biggest NASCAR Moment in 2020

Published 11/12/2020, 5:12 AM EST
HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 18: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, poses with the Series Championship Trophy after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series has officially wrapped up with Chase Elliott becoming the champion. With the season done and dusted, Brad Keselowski looked back upon the past races. One moment that really stood out for him was an accident involving Ryan Newman.

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The frightening crash took place at the opening race of the season at Daytona. Right off the bat, the season started with a literal bang.

Speaking about the crash, Keselowski said, “Everybody’s breath just… Urgh! Just holding our breath, saying’Gosh! Ryan, please get up and walk away from this one’. We’re so thankful that he ended up being okay.”

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However, the first big moment of the season was a terrifying one. The good news was that the driver later posted a picture of himself walking out of the hospital with his two children. It was a true testament to how tough he really was, and how safe the cars were.

Brad Keselowski on other big moments in the season

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The #2 Penske driver also acknowledged how NASCAR handled itself while the COVID-19 pandemic raged. Truthfully speaking, NASCAR took a brave step when it elected to resume racing from Darlington onwards, in spite of the risks. Later on, there was another massive moment when the entire NASCAR paddock stood in solidarity with Bubba Wallace.

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 05: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR XFINITY Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Brad Keselowski also harked back to his win on Memorial Day. He confessed that he may have felt a little selfish, but it was his moment to shine in the spotlight. The best part was that NASCAR had the weekend all to itself, with no Formula One or IndyCar to share the spoils.

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Keselowski also touched upon another first for NASCAR, racing in the rain at the Charlotte Roval. In addition to that, he also enjoyed racing on the Daytona road course. Other firsts included William Byron winning his first race, and it all culminated with Chase Elliott winning his maiden Cup Series title.

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