Jun 15, 2014, 5:51 PM EDT
BROOKLYN, Michigan – Tourists are supposed to “Say Yes to Michigan,” but when it comes to winning a Sprint Cup race at his home track of Michigan International Speedway, Brad Keselowski keeps saying “No.”
For the 10th time in his Cup career, the Rochester Hills native – about an hour northeast of MIS – came up short in his own backyard, finishing third in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400.
“We didn’t run as well as we wanted to, but we certainly didn’t run poorly,” Keselowski said. “It was a good day, not a great day. Third is nothing to hang your hat on. We have consistency, which is good.
“Unfortunately it doesn’t mean much right now at this time of the year in the sense of points. But it does mean a lot to us in the sense of overall morale and our ability to really make a push as the fall comes for the Chase.”
Keselowski now has three top-five finishes among his 10 starts at MIS: a runner-up and, with Sunday’s showing, two third-place efforts.
“We just didn’t have the speed really all weekend to be a front runner in the sense of contending to win based on speed,” Keselowski said. “But the guys did a great job with execution. I thought we executed really well. We had a lot of good restarts, pretty decent on pit road today, solid strategy.
“(Team Penske teammate) Joey Logano told us, we were talking before the race started, we needed a good blue collar (finish) today, and that’s what today was for us (Logano finished ninth).
“We kind of trudged through it and came away with another top three effort, which is good but not great. We want the wins, especially here at Michigan. That would mean a lot. And we just need a little bit more speed to be able to get there.”
Keselowski will get another chance to break through on his home track – just like Jimmie Johnson did Sunday, finally winning there in his 25th start – on August 17 in the series’ mid-summer return visit to MIS.
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