Keselowski relishing clean slate for Eliminator Round

Brad Keselowski meets with the media during The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Eliminator Round Media Day at NASCAR Hall of Fame on October 27, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Brad Keselowski meets with the media during The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Eliminator Round Media Day at NASCAR Hall of Fame on October 27, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Surviving Talladega and advancing to the third round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup has rejuvenated Brad Keselowski, who likes his chances at the three tracks in the Eliminator Round.

“I’m really excited by the challenge at hand,” Keselowski said. “It feels like the season has started over. I feel literally coming into Martinsville like I’m going to Daytona for the 500, because nothing else that’s happened before now really matters.

“To me, there is no momentum. It’s what you make out of these next three or four races.”

Keselowski believes he has an excellent chance to advance to the Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway, though he’d like to improve his performance at Texas Motor Speedway, the second track in the Eliminator Round.

“I think this bracket—knock on wood over here—I think it’s going to be our best bracket yet,” Keselowski said on Tuesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “We’ve run well at the short tracks this year. Finished second at Martinsville in the spring.

“I think at Phoenix we finished fourth or fifth the last three times we’ve been there (actually third, fourth and sixth), and then we tested and had a great test and found a little more speed. I’m thrilled to be going back to those tracks. I think we’re going to have great cars for those races.

“I look at Texas as a track where we haven’t been where we want to be with the 2 car, but my teammate, Joey Logano, has been really fast. So we know we have the potential, so we’ve just got to find it, and we’re going to do that by going to work.”

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