Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski has won the 2012 Nascar Sprint Cup title in the final race of the season. The 1st title win of his career, Keselowski joins Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon as the only 3 drivers to win the championship within their first 3 years on the circut-- and he also brings a title to Roger Penske. The win is also the first by a Dodge since Richard Petty did it in back to back style way back in the 1974 and 1975 seasons. All good things, but perhaps the best part is Keselowski himself. This 28 year old is down to earth and always has been thanks to the guidance he recieved from his mother Kay and his father Bob. Bob was big on the ARCA and Truck series circut so you can see where Brad collected some of his driving toughness.
Speaking of tough, the action at Homestead-Miami Speedway lived up to the billing as Keselowski was locked in a tight one with 2nd place driver Jimmie Johnson. Johnson was gunning for a 6th title but with less than 45 laps to go he saw smoke coming into the cockpit of his #48 Chevy, and when he pulled inton the pits his crew called it a day. Johnson was taken to the garage area with his outcome of his chase effectively a done deal. Keselowski finished the Ford Eco-Boost 400 in 15th place overall as Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman finished 1-2-3 and Keselowski took the trophy. Fans packed Victory Lane as Keselowski swilled Miller Lite from an oversized glass, taking his beverage with him to the postrace interview. A great night in Homestead and a great night for Michigan racing as Brad Keselowski brings it home.