Rochester Hills Driver Keselowski Wins NASCAR's Championship

He tweets "We did it!" from inside his Dodge Charger after the Sunday win.

A NASCAR driver who grew up in Rochester Hills clinched the Sprint Cup championship Sunday in Florida.

Brad Keselowski finished ahead of five-time champion Jimmie Johnson to win the sport's coveted cup; it was his first championship.

The Cup is considered the season championship for the sport.

Keselowski, 28, finished fifth in the Sprint Cup race last year. From his Penske team Miller Lite Dodge Charger, Keselowski took to Twitter moments after the win, tweeting "We did it!" from his @keselowski account (he has more than 334,000 followers).

"Always, throughout my whole life I've been told I'm not big enough, not fast enough, not strong enough and I don't have what it takes," said Keselowski on stage after the race, according to a report on ESPN.com. "I've used that as a chip on my shoulder to carry me through my whole career. It took until this year for me to realize that that was right, man, they were right.

"I'm not big enough, fast enough, strong enough. No person is. Only a team can do that."

Keselowski comes from a racing family: his dad, Bob Keselowski, and his uncle, Ron Keselowski, were drivers. Brad Keselowski began racing at age 14. He is a Rochester High School alum.

Most national media reports of the win — including a story in the New York Times — mentioned Keselowski being from "Detroit."

But Kid Rock got it right.

The Detroit Free Press mentioned Keselowski in the same breath as Kid in a story Sunday. "Kid Rock and Brad Keselowski - two rebels from the Motor City," the story began. Kid reportedly performed a pre-race concert at the Florida track and stated "Rochester Hills - Brad's my man," the newspaper reported.

bill miller November 19, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Go figure and Penske is moving to Ford next year. That makes sense.
Chris November 19, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Hey Bill, you do know that Dodge is pulling from NASCAR not Penske. Brad said that we was going to take the trophy to Chrysler's CEO and toss it on his desk. I hope they reconsider.
Maureen November 19, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Our hometown hero!
STEVEN SPARKS November 28, 2012 at 07:27 AM
Nearly everytime NASCAR mentions Brad they also mention his actual hometown of Rochester Hills. Brad is also the first NASCAR CHAMPION from any series from Michigan. We should be very proud that the Keselowski family represents our city. A ticker tape parade and party should be held in his honor. I have let the city know of many of Brad's race winning and championship achievements in the past but this championship is ultimate goal of any NASCAR sprint cup racer, Congrats to Brad, many more to come with your team behind you.
Richard Happening November 28, 2012 at 12:07 PM
The city looked in to getting brad here. The costs were close to $50,000 due to his aircraft expense, etc.. Would be nice, but not in these times.


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