Ford Racing special edition: The race that changed my life...

Continuing a week long series are the Penske Racing duo, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

Sometimes there isn't much drivers agree upon, but one thing that is pretty unanimous within the garage is that winning a Daytona 500 is a life and career-changing event. But for those that haven't won the Great American Race, we wanted to know what race to this point in their career had been a life-changer. Some of the answers may surprise you.

Continuing a week long series are the Penske Racing duo, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion – “There are a bunch of races that changed my career. All of your wins early in your career kind of set the tone to get you where you are at.

Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing Ford
Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing Ford

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It is hard to pick just one. I could name quite a few that changed my career and I will never forget. One in particular that sticks out is a truck race in Memphis.

I didn’t win the race but I led a bunch of laps and was on the pole and that one got me noticed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and kind of got me my start. That one probably sticks out the most to me because without that, I don’t know if he notices me and get’s me my initial shot at this thing.

That race is nothing like what it would be to win a Daytona 500 though. The list of drivers that have won a 500 is an elite list and it is one of the elite races across the globe. It is empty on my resume. There are some other things that I have accomplished that a Daytona 500 win would fit really well with. I think it is definitely on my list of things I want to accomplish in this sport before my time comes to an end.”

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion – “There are a lot of races that stand out to me. I could probably pick four or five races honestly. I think the most recent one was probably winning at Pocono a few years back.

Joey Logano, Penske Racing Ford
Joey Logano, Penske Racing Ford

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That was so important for me at that moment because there was a lot of talk going on at the time that we weren’t running as well as we needed to and that propelled me to the opportunity with Roger Penske.

That is the biggest win of my life because of that I think. I look back at other wins, like my first Nationwide win in my third race and being able to win as a rookie, that was important for me to prove myself. I think that was a really important win because that propelled me into a Cup ride.

I look back to my first Pro Cup win, in a Taurus actually, when I was younger and Mark Martin was behind me talking me up and that win backed that up and got teams talking to me. At that time, that race changed my path and was very important. We had three big teams all of a sudden talking to me at 15-years-old about where I was going and where I wanted to do.

These days that is unheard of and probably won’t happen again. I really timed that one out perfectly. If you look at that one, that is probably the most important race to get me to where I am but those other wins kept me here and kept my career going forward.”

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Brad Keselowski , Roger Penske , Joey Logano , Mark Martin
Teams Team Penske
Article type Interview
Tags brad keselowski, ford racing, joey logano, nascar-cup, penske