LOUDON, N.H. – Brad Keselowski hopped out of his car and grabbed an oversized broom to give a playful sweep of all the confetti already collected around his Ford.
He then truly savored his victory, snagging a 20-pound New England lobster and raising it in triumph.
Keselowski survived without a cut, splinter or pinch. He didn’t even fumble his championship crustacean. For once, his victory celebration was as perfect as his performance on the track.
He completed a flawless weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won Sunday under a green-white checkered finish. Keselowski followed Saturday’s Nationwide Series victory with his first New Hampshire title in the top-level Sprint Cup Series, dominating in the No. 2 Ford for his third victory of the Cup season.
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The 2012 Sprint Cup champion is tied with Jimmie Johnson for the series lead in victories this year.
“This was just such a phenomenal weekend, and these don’t happen that often,” Keselowski said.
Keselowski had been in a slump with, of all things, his victory-lane antics.
He needed four stitches to close a wound he received during his celebration after the Sprint Cup race at Kentucky. He tried to open a bottle of champagne by hitting it against a podium, and the bottle broke.
Keselowski dropped the American flag out of his Ford on Saturday.
After Sunday’s race, he joked he brought Kevlar-reinforced gloves that were touted as cut-proof.
Good thing. The New Hampshire winner traditionally receives a live lobster in victory lane.
“Apparently, I’ve got to win more and I’ll get better at it,” he said. “I think everybody got to hold the lobster. We’re looking forward to eating the lobster later this week. I hear they’re going to overnight the meat.”
Keselowski pulled away on the final restart of the Camping World RV Sales 301.
“You can’t have a great car if you don’t have the best driver,” team owner Roger Penske said. “I can tell you today, there was nobody that could beat him.”
Kyle Busch, who started from the pole, was second.
Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw finished 11th, and Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., was 15th.
Joey Logano was in second place when he connected with Morgan Shepherd, 72, the oldest driver to compete in a Sprint Cup event.
“I feel like there should be a driver’s test before you get out in a Cup car and make sure you know how to drive before you drive one,” the 24-year-old Logano said.
Shepherd placed 39th in the race. He was about 15 laps off the pace when he made contact with Logano, who finished 40th of 43.