Over the course of the 36-race season, the Miller Lite team racked up five wins and came away with 23 top-10 finishes. During the all-important Chase for the Sprint Cup, they stepped up their game even more, winning twice and scoring nine top-10s.
Keselowski walked away with the championship, setting off a victory celebration that will long be remembered by anyone who witnessed it, to give Roger Penske his first Sprint Cup championship. And Dodge walked away on top of the world, carrying home the crown for the fifth time and for the first time since Richard Petty did so in 37 long years ago.
Penske Racing‘s switch from Dodge to Ford in the offseason has been well-documented and should provide championship driver Brad Keselowski with an entirely new set of tools for 2013.
But there’s another change which Keselowski said might have an even bigger impact on Penske next season: The addition of driver Joey Logano as Keselowski’s teammate.
“I think that Joey is an elite talent in this sport and if we can work together, we will both be better,” Keselowski said during a two-day test this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “I would rather finish second to him next year in every race and even the championship than to rest on my laurels, not get any better (while) the whole field does and run fifth, 10th, 15th, 17th – whatever it might be – and beat him.
Brad Keselowski captured the top spot in the #2 Dodge at the 2012 Aaron’s 499 in Taladega. He had won this race previously in 2009 driving a Chevrolet. Keselowski began the 2012 race at the 13th position.
Brad Keselowsk is sponsored by Miller Lite.
Kyle Busch in the #18 Toyota and Matt Kenseth in the #17 Ford rounded out the top 3 as 2nd and 3rd place respectively.