Guest Column by Cathy Elliott
The famous runner Steve Prefontaine was once quoted as saying, “Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.”
“Pre,” as he was called, would most certainly have enjoyed Brad Keselowski’s gutsy performance in Good Sam RV Insurance 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on August 7. Keselowski, sporting a broken left ankle swollen to roughly the size of a small tree, toughed it out for 500 miles to take the checkered flag at Pocono Raceway.
“I came here to win. When you let the pain get into your head that far that you don’t believe you can win anymore, you’ll never win. And I woke up this morning feeling like we could win the race … If you don’t feel that way, you’re never going to win at anything you do,” he said in an interview after the race.
That’s self-motivation, and it is a powerful thing, strong enough to get an injured athlete out of bed and ready to play when the rest of us would probably just reach for a box of tissues and call in sick for the day.
By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
(August 7, 2011)
LONG POND, Pa.—Brad Keselowski’s challenge to the rest of the Sprint Cup field: “I can beat you with a broken leg.”
And he did.
Staying out on the track on old tires under a caution with 21 laps left in Sunday’s rain-interrupted Good Sam RV 500 at Pocono Raceway, Keselowski pulled away from Kyle Busch after a restart on Lap 185 of 200 to secure his second victory of the season—despite driving with a broken left ankle.
Photo: Brad Keselowski’s Blue Deuce #2 Car Wrecked from Road Atlanta
PASTRANA TO DELAY NATIONWIDE DEBUT UNTIL 2012
Cornelius, N.C. – Pastrana Waltrip Racing announced today that Travis Pastrana will not make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut until the 2012 season due to injuries suffered during the 17th annual X Games last week.
The 11-time X Games gold medalist broke his right ankle and foot while attempting a Rodeo 720 with a back flip during the Best Trick competition in Los Angeles, forcing him to miss his scheduled NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis last Saturday.
Brad has been pretty active on his Twitter account today (@Keselowski), after this vicious crash testing at Road Atlanta. This photo was posted as part of an exchange with Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) on Twitter.
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