Brad Keselowski will probably remember winning at Kentucky Speedway. The 2012 NASCAR Champion started from the pole, led 199 of 267 laps, took the checkered flag, and cut his finger open while celebrating the victory.
There’s a reason they call Kentucky the roughest track in NASCAR and apparently the term applies to champagne bottles as well as the surface of the track.
Keselowski won the pole for the race and went onto lead almost the entire race before Kyle Busch was able to take the lead for several laps. Eventually the driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford chased Busch down to regain the front spot in time to cruise the final laps on the way to his second win of the season. In doing so Keselowski became Kentucky Speedway’s first repeat winner.
The fun came in the victory lane where the driver, sponsored by a beer company in the form of Miller Lite, had a bottle of champagne break in his hand causing an instant gush of blood as the celebration continued. Keselowski was handed a towel to control the bleeding as he posed for pictures with his team and sponsors while also giving a couple of media interviews.
Eventually the winning driver was escorted to the infield care center so that his celebratory wound could be attended to. Always looking to get his sponsor some extra attention the driver told reporters that you should stick with beer.
“Always stick with beer,” Keselowski said holding up his bandaged hand laughing. “When the Champagne comes out… that’s when the bad stuff happens. We were playing around with some champagne, and I told my good friend I should have stuck with beer," Keselowski joked after receiving four stitches in the infield care center. "We had too much fun with Champagne and one of the bottles broke and I cut my hand open. It's no big deal."
When asked about his fast qualifying time and winning from the pole Keselowski referenced the fact that Kentucky Speedway is still a fast racetrack despite having one of the roughest race surfaces on the NASCAR circuit. The driver stated that even though the rough track caused several issues for teams to deal with, it still boiled down to finding a way around the track that was quicker than your opponent.
“The track was really, really fast but it was really, really bumpy,” Keselowski said. “You just have to drive around and find the spots where your car works.”
Keselowski, of Penske Racing, battled his Penske teammate Joey Logano for much of the night. Logano started the race in the second position and also led 37 laps. His battle with Keselowski for the win ended when an issue with his motor slowed his car. Logano apparently dropped a cylinder but still managed to bring his car in for a ninth place finish.