In chase race number one at Chicagoland, Brad Keselowski was able to get by Jimmie Johnson to take the win and top spot in the chase standings.
Brad Keselowski says, "It feels like round 1 of a heavyweight title bout, just it's a 10-round bout. Week 1 is done and we won the round but we didn't by any means knock them out, we've got a lot of racing left to go. We're feeling good about today but know that we have a lot of work to do."
As for Johnson, a second place finish isn't all that bad for his team.
Jimmie Johnson says, "Just really proud of the team on all fronts. Overcame some adversity through our practice sessions, sat on pole, led a lot of laps today, fell some on pit road, race strategy, you name it, we had a very, very solid day. Of course we would have loved to have won the race, but we'll take second and go on. This is a fantastic way to start the Chase."
Keselowski is staying very grounded despite his Chicagoland victory.
"I'm not going to let it sink in. I'm going to focus on the next nine, and I know everybody on my team is going to do that. It's great to get to the points lead, but we've got so much racing left and it would be a disservice to today's accomplishments to allow our focus to get off of tomorrow's workload."