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June 30, 2014

Keselowski hungry for more wins

SPARTA, Ky. — Brad Keselowski will have to fine-tune his victory celebrations after a shattered champagne bottle left him with a bloodied and bandaged right hand.

The upside is he might get more chances to polish his post-race revelry as he pursues his second Sprint Cup Series championship in three years.

Already locked into the Chase with a Las Vegas victory and a solid string of top-fives, Keselowski delivered his most dominant run at Kentucky Speedway. He started from the pole and led 199 of 267 laps en route to his second win this season.

The Penske Racing driver heads to Daytona International Speedway fourth in points and showing the form that carried him to the 2012 championship. Missing last year’s Chase also seems to have made Keselowski wiser — Saturday night notwithstanding.

“I want to win another championship,” Keselowski said after a roundabout journey between Victory Lane and the infield care center to receive four stitches after striking the bottle on the podium.

“I don’t want to be a guy that contends for a championship every three or four years. I want to do it each and every year and I know that opportunity is here, it’s present and I want to make the most of it.”

The exuberant 30-year-old joked that he was going through something of a midlife crisis, perhaps hiy is that Hendrick cars had won three or four of the last five and they’re going to continue to be the cars to beat. So we have to keep pushing as well.”

Keselowski returns to Daytona looking to build on February’s third-place run at the 500 and extend a recent run of top-10s on the 2.5-mile track. He enters with momentum following a commanding Kentucky performance in which he and teammate Joey Logano began on the front row and combined to lead the first 217 laps. The Michigan native later rallied from sixth on a restart to pass Kyle Busch on Lap 248 and pull away.

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