Brad Keselowski led the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with six victories in 2014. Two of those wins came in the Chase, including his dramatic victory in the Contender Round finale at Talladega that propelled him into the Eliminator Round.
But a mechanical failure in the Eliminator opener at Martinsville put him in a big hole that ultimately proved too much to overcome. He finished third (and had it out with Jeff Gordon in the pits) at the middle race at Texas, but a fourth-place run at the finale in Phoenix still was not enough to make him part of the Championship 4.
And that’s left the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford wishing he had one more victory in him to enter the final battle at Homestead, which was ultimately won by new champion Kevin Harvick.
“Our whole season was about wins,” Keselowski told NASCAR AMERICA’s Kelli Stavast before tonight’s Sprint Cup Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas. “We didn’t get the championship we wanted, but we were really close. I’m very proud of that, but I wanted that ‘one more.’
“I wanted to win out like Kevin did, and he certainly earned his championship with those final two race wins [at Phoenix and Homestead]. But we had an opportunity. We just came up a little bit short. We had a lot of highlights to the year – qualifying really well almost at every race, leading a lot of laps. Just needed to close out a little bit stronger.”
Keselowski also touched on how he and Team Penske plan to deal with the new 2015 rules package and if he’s enjoying this year’s festivities in Vegas after missing the Chase in 2013. For his full NA interview, check out the clip above.