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Sprint Cup champ shooting for NASCAR sweep at Kentucky Speedway

Winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship has its advantages for Brad Keselowski.

Among them are meeting the President of the United States, appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman and throwing out the first pitch at the Cincinnati Reds game (like he did Wednesday).

There’s also the chance to shoot pigeons with a shotgun on Bourboun Street … as long as the pigeons are clay and Bourbon Street is one of the campgrounds at Kentucky Speedway.

Keselowski made a quick appearance at the 1.5-mile track near Sparta, Ky., on Wednesday afternoon to promote the Quaker State 400 on June 29. Prior to that, Keselowski took aim at some clay pigeons in support of the Pulling for Kids Clay Shoot on June 27. The event features NASCAR and race-event personalities competing at the Elk Creek Hunt Club in Owentown, Ky.

“(Life’s) been pretty good. I’m not complaining,” said Keselowski, who won his first Cup championship in his third full season. “I got to be part of some things I really never dreamed about. It’s been quite an honor. It doesn’t mean I’m satisfied. I want to win another one.”

Keselowski, who drives for Penske Racing, has the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford in 10th place in the Sprint Cup standings. That’s good enough to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup so far. A win at Kentucky on June 29 — he’s the defending champion — would certainly boost his chances to defend his Cup championship.

And just like that trapshooting exhibition on Wednesday, Keselowski will take aim at multiple targets during the NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Kentucky. He’s also running the Nationwide race that Friday (June 28) and the Camping World Truck Series race that Thursday (June 27).

“I want to come here and run all three races and win them,” said Keselowski, who considers Kentucky a home track with family on his mother’s side in the New Carlisle, Tipp City and Dayton area. “Kentucky has been won of my best race tracks. I haven’t won here on the Truck level and I’d like to come here and win all three. That would be very special.”

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