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FAST FACTS: TEAM PENSKE WINS 500TH MOTORSPORTS EVENT ON SUNDAY AT LAS VEGAS

Brad Keselowski has enjoyed a truly spectacular September.

It began with a victory in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 2. He won back-to-back NASCAR majors with a triumph in the rain-delayed Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 10.

Brad Keselowski

On Sunday at Las Vegas, he added a page to Team Penkse’s rich history by winning the organization’s 500th overall motorsports victory.

The 2018 season is Roger Penske’s 52nd as a team owner, beginning with the 1966 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Of the 500 victories, 111 have come in what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Keselowski also captured the organization’s 400th overall victory back in 2014 in the September Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.

Penske was not at Las Vegas for the achievement, but instead was at Sonoma Raceway for the Verizon IndyCar Series finale. He had two cars in contention before Scott Dixon ultimately won his fifth title.

Penske promised a special gift of some kind for whichever one of his drivers scored the 500th victory.

“What an incredible finish in Las Vegas and an amazing way to earn Team Penske’s 500th victory,” Penske said in a statement. “Great job by Brad and the No. 2 Autotrader Ford team to start the playoffs with a win and a great finish by all three of our cars today. We still have some work to do this afternoon in Sonoma as we try to get win number 501 and compete for the IndyCar championship. Thanks to everyone throughout our organization for their hard work and all their dedication for helping us reach this special milestone of 500 wins.”

Source: Autoweek