Keselowski shakes off flu

First for Mustang

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Brad Keselowski had his hands full with a new car and a new rules package — enough to make for a trying race — before a stomach virus nearly flattened him.

Keselowski missed a portion of final practice, received intravenous fluids at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s medical center, and had a replacement driver on standby Sunday in case he couldn’t make it the full 500 miles.

Sick day? No way.

Keselowski recovered from flu-like symptoms to win at Atlanta and move past Mark Donohue as the winningest driver in Team Penske history. It was the first win for Ford’s new Mustang and a rebound for the manufacturer after Toyota swept the season-opening Daytona 500.

“A race car driver is who I am. It’s what I do and what I love. I’m not going to let anything get in the way of it,” Keselowski said after the win.

“We had the team to win, of course things still have to go your way, but I don’t want to be the reason why they don’t.”

He was admittedly hot, tired and somewhat dazed after 3 1/2 hour of racing. Had the event been one day earlier, Keselowski said he wouldn’t have been healthy enough to drive. He lost nearly 6 pounds battling the illness.

Keselowski, meanwhile, raced to his 60th win for Roger Penske.