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Friday, March 8, 2013
Racing well, having fun

By Brad Keselowski
Special to ESPN.com

After the first two races of the season, I couldn't be prouder of the start we've had with the Miller Lite Ford Fusion. Our best months are typically during the summer, so for us to come out of the gate with a pair of fourth-place finishes is a solid start.

We had a lot of things that we could have fallen back on as excuses if we started poorly.

We were moving to a new manufacturer in Ford Racing. We were moving to a new car with the Gen-6 chassis. That thinking, however, would be a disservice to all of the hard work put in by the guys back at Penske Racing. I truly felt that we were as prepared as we needed to be heading into the season, and it's showing.

We have some of our best tracks -- along with some of our worst -- coming up over the next several weeks. Tracks such as Bristol and Talladega, where we know we can win, along with Las Vegas and Auto Club, where we have struggled in the past, will give us a really good indication of where this program is.

Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski and his team spent Thursday shaking down the car in testing at Las Vegas.

The Nationwide Series program with the Discount Tire Ford Mustang is off to a similarly hot start. If not for the unfortunate incident on the last lap at Daytona, we could be sitting here with a win and a second-place finish at Daytona and Phoenix, respectively. With Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney joining me in that car's lineup, nothing short of the owner's title will suffice for us.

Before making our way to Las Vegas for this weekend's race, I was able to spend some time with ESPN on-air personality Scott Van Pelt at the MillerCoors national distributor conference in Orlando, Fla.

He and I were there to hand out awards that go to the best distributors in each region. SVP and I always have fun when I get a chance to come up to the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn. It was great to share the stage with him.

For my introduction, they had me drive the "Blue Deuce" up to the front of the ballroom. At first I was worried that it might be too loud, but when that wasn't the case, I decided to have a little fun.

There might have been a burnout inside the ballroom as I made my way to the front.

All in good fun, right?

In getting ready for this weekend's race at Las Vegas, NASCAR gave us an extra test session on Thursday. The goal is to get the new car really dialed in on the intermediate tracks that make up the majority of our schedule. Once again, we saw some pretty high speeds. Nothing over the track record, though.

This new car is a work in progress. We have a few tweaks that need to be made, but at the end of the race last weekend at Phoenix you saw what kind of racing it can produce. Hopefully, we have another finish like that in us this weekend.

Brad Keselowski drives the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion. He will share his thoughts on and off the track with ESPN.com readers periodically this season.