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Penske and Keselowski win first Sprint Cup

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Category:Racing News

Roger Penske is a household name in NASCAR but has been unable to win a Sprint Cup championship, until now.

In NASCAR news today, Brad Keselowski, 28, recently came in 15th place at Homestead-Miami Speedway, allowing him to maintain the overall points lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and giving him his first cup win. Keselowski was able to beat out second place Jimmie Johnson, as the five-time Sprint Cup winner had to leave the race with mechanical problems.

Penske hired Keselowski four years ago, taking a chance with the young rider. Penske, throughout his NASCAR career, has earned numerous titles, including 15 Indianapolis 500 wins. But up until hiring Keselowski, Penske had never won a Sprint Cup.

"Personally, I feel amazing that I've been able to achieve this in racing," Penske told Sports Illustrated. "I think it took guts for me to stay in the sport. We could have thought, `Well, we won the Indy 500 15 times and we're a big deal.' But I'll tell you one thing ... I think I just woke up here tonight, and it's a big thrill."

Penske later added that he credits the win to the entire organization and Keselowski, who is the youngest champion in the sport's history.