Brad Keselowski, a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, won Saturday's CARFAX 250 at Michigan International Speedway. The Nationwide race came down to Keselowski and Carl Edwards, and it was the Michigan native who crossed the finish line first, giving him his second straight Nationwide win at the track.
Earlier this week, ESPN actually did a piece on Keselowski's home ties, so there's no doubt this was a special moment for him.
Brad Keselowski is a Michigan man. He bleeds maize and blue. On Thursday he even attended the Wolverines' football practice, part of the perks of being a native son in the big time.
No moment in his life was as big time as an August Saturday one year ago. For as long as he could remember, he had dreamed of victory on the home asphalt, Michigan International Speedway.
On Aug. 15, 2009, it happened, in a wild Nationwide Series race during which he fended off a charge from Brian Vickers.
"It was the culmination of a dream, through a lot of hard work," Keselowski said, just before scooting off to UM to take in football practice. "Not just mine but my family, friends and my team.
Keselowski will start Sunday's Sprint Cup race at MIS in the No. 26 position.