AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Brad Keselowski will still do his victory celebration by holding on to a pole with the United States flag as he drives down the frontstretch after wins.
For those worried, he should have a little better handle on the flagpole than he did Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he dropped it amid the high winds.
"My team guys told me they came up with some new system to help me hold it better in the car," Keselowski said Friday after qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway.
The thing is, the Team Penske driver doesn't know what that system is. He won't find out until the time comes.
"I asked them what it was and they said I will find out if I win," Keselowski said. "So that is all I can tell you. It is inspiration, I guess."
It doesn't seem that Keselowski will second-guess the celebration because he dropped the flag.
He took some criticism on social media for the gaffe, but he shrugged it off. His foundation has worked with veterans, and Keselowski has done plenty of similar celebrations, which he does to honor American troops, without dropping Old Glory.
His first reaction when he dropped the flag at Las Vegas was to make the best of the situation.
"I wasn't thinking about much other than just picking it up," Keselowski said. "I wasn't thinking that it made a lot of people mad. In my mind, I didn't want to see it on the ground either, so I got there as quick as I could and picked it up."