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Monday, October 24, 2011
No limits: Brad Keselowski is the real deal

By Eddie Gossage

Ladies and gentleman, it is officially Brad Keselowski's breakout season.

People can say what they want about Keselowski getting hot at the right time and so on, but nobody back-doors this competition. Everyone has their own formula for success, and Keselowski has found his.

Keselowski has come a long way since the beginning of this season. Talent was never the issue; he lacked confidence. Then he broke his ankle in a testing accident only to push through the pain and win four days later at Pocono. His confidence skyrocketed. He made a complete turnaround and took matters into his own hands. Keselowski entered the Chase 11th and has worked his way up to third, and he's now a prime contender for the championship.

I picked out Keselowski three years ago and started exchanging text messages with him. I saw talent and potential and wanted to see him succeed. His level of confidence wasn’t where it needed to be, so I wanted to encourage him. He has always been very receptive to my comments and has responded respectfully, so I’m very proud of him for working so hard and not giving up.

Keselowski comes from a great family, so I’m sure his upbringing has a lot to do with those good, strong character traits he possesses. I’ve known his dad, Bob, who raced in the ARCA Series, for years. know he and the entire Keselowski family is just exploding with pride right now.

We’ve got four races to go in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, including the AAA Texas 500 coming up on Nov. 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Keselowski led for the first time at Texas earlier this season in April.

The Texas race has been known to be the game-changing race in the Chase.

Keselowski could be the beneficiary this season.