NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2012 champion Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Ford for Penske Racing, has been nominated for two ESPY Awards — Driver of the Year and Best Championship Performance.
Keselowski won five races in his championship run of 2012, three of those coming within the last 20 weeks of the season. In that 20-race stretch, he also posted 17 top-10s.
“When you think of the ESPYs, you think of the ‘Who’s Who’ in the world of sports,” Keselowski said. “Just to receive a nomination along with some of the biggest athletes in the world is one of the biggest honors I have received. If we are able to take home just one of the trophies, it would be quite an accomplishment for the team, our sponsors and Penske Racing.”
If Keselowski takes home either of the awards for which he is nominated, it will mark the first ESPY for anyone within the Penske Racing program. Over the years, 14 of the 20 recipients of the Driver of the Year award have come from within the NASCAR community.
The 2013 ESPY Awards Presentation will be July 17 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony will air live on ESPN, beginning at 9 p.m. ET. The awards are fan-fovted. Fans have until 7 p.m. ET on July 17 to cast votes at ESPN.go.com/espys/2013/ to cast their votes.
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