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It will be a homecoming for Rochester Hills resident Brad Keselowski. The race at the Michigan International Raceway occupies a hallowed position for the driver and owner of RFK Racing Brad Keselowski, with NASCAR set to rev up the engines on the home track owned by Roush Fenway and the 2012 Cup Series champion. Keselowski had grown up seeing his father race on the same track in the ARCA Series. Drawing on the same context, it is apparent that the rebranded RFK Racing has started taking steady baby steps in order to carve out its spot among the other established championship contenders of the paddock.

His stellar performance on the track in Richmond also seems to reinforce the idea that the team is not far away from realizing its dream. Owing to this fact, it seems that Brad Keselowski has set his priorities straight both as the owner and as a Cup Series driver. This was evident from his pre-race interview ahead of the race on his home track.

Brad Keselowski sets his priorities straight as NASCAR enters his home track

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Chris Buescher‘s victory on the track in Richmond was a bit surprising but not an entirely unexpected affair. Moreover, the victory seemed to seal the fate of the team – that it is not staggering far behind and has the caliber of being a contender for the championship. It’s gambling on the same momentum. Brad Keselowski is positive of making an impact in Michigan. 

Although a Cup Series champion, the only thing that Keselowski has been eluded of is a win at the tracks of Michigan, his home track – and in order to re-write the narrative, the driver is set to put his best foot forward. Keselowski is optimistic that his team is taking steps in the right direction, something that was evident from his pre-race interview ahead of the race.

When asked about the development of the team in the past few years, especially after he took up the responsibility as an owner, Keselowski replied, “A lot of progress over the last 12 months.” He also added, “We started making progress immediately when I came in, it’s just you don’t realize that you make a lot of investments in people and equipment and none of them are light switches and I feel like about this time last year, we really started to hit it.”

“Some of our best investments started to mature and then of course some more during the off-season but things started to come together I think last year from this point to the end of the year, both the cars were easily top 15 cars. Then this year we have kind of taken another step, I think we were 11th and 13th right now in our points. I think we still have more steps to go, super proud of the progress over the last 12 months.”

“We need to make another leap to be playoff-winning kind of cars and that’s the next level for us that we are committed to but certainly proud of the progress that we made and being able to win races and compete for a lot more top 5s and top 10s. Laps like those are good to see and we are super proud of that,” Keselowski concluded.

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Furthermore, it is not just Keselowski who is optimistic about his team’s performance in the last four races of the regular season.

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The former HMS driver puts his faith in Brad Keselowski

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Veteran Cup Series champion Kyle Petty also positioned Keselowski and his team on a high pedestal and was ready to gamble on him. In an intimate conversation, Petty said, “I am gonna go RFK and Brad Keselowski. Here’s a guy that has gone here a million times […]”

He has realized that he has raced out of the top long enough that he needs to be back in the top-4 or 5 and be back at the sharp end of the stick. He comes fully loaded for Bear to do it in Jack Roush’s Hometown, to do it in Blue Oval, to do it for his family, and what Michigan racing and what Michigan has meant to him.”

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Well, it is just a matter of time before the answers are all delivered by the team, as the race is just around the corner. Will RFK stand up to the expectations in Michigan? Tell us in the comments!