Brad Keselowski’s win Saturday night in the Bank of America 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway lived up to — for one race at least — the promise he showed in winning the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
Keselowski didn’t look like he could challenge Jimmie Johnson through the early months of 2012 and certainly didn’t look like he could win at Charlotte on Saturday night.
The No. 2 Ford driver had to overcome two issues, a loose wheel and a jack getting stuck under his car leaving pit lane — Keselowski lost a lap in each case — that should have been enough on their own to cost him any chance at a victory.
Not only did he hold on, Keselowski weaved his way through traffic to eventually catch, then race, leader Kasey Kahne with 11 lap to go.
And what an 11 laps they were as Kahne and Keselowski traded places three times, racing like they were the only two cars on the 1.5-mile oval.