Victory pays off: Brad Keselowski gets Penske extension

Jay Busbee
From the Marbles

Amazing things happen when you go on a historic run and vault your way into the Chase, like multi-year contract extensions.

As recently as July, Brad Keselowski was looking like a talented but undistinguished member of the Sprint Cup field, running in the 20s and performing weakly enough that Kurt Busch complained of having no teammate assistance.

Things change in a hurry. Keselowski won three races, very nearly vaulting himself into the Chase on rank. (Side note: if he had, he would have bumped out eventual champ Tony Stewart.) He snagged a wild card, and would go on to finish fifth in the standings, ahead of Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and both Busch brothers. Not a bad turnaround, huh?

As a result of his performance, Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe have received contract extensions from Penske. While Penske didn't disclose exact terms, both deals were "multiple-year" arrangements. Wolfe had previously crewed Keselowski to the 2010 Nationwide championship.

Keselowski has, as yet, not made a public comment on the issue, though he is in Vegas for Champions Week. On an unrelated note, he disclosed at the "NASCAR Newlywed Game" that he gets drunk very easily. He's certainly got enough to celebrate these days.

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