Last season after the third race of the season Keselowski had two finishes of 32 and 35 with a fifth in between. His first win didn’t come until Bristol in the spring last season. He would go on to win five races in route to the title, but early in the season despite the win at Bristol and later at Richmond, Keselowski didn’t exactly set the NASCAR world on fire.
One year later and Keselowski is as hot as any of the top drivers in the Sprint Cup series. After a fourth place finish at Daytona and Phoenix, Keselowski finished with a strong third place run Sunday in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. According to Keselowski his view is different coming into this season.
“Yeah, I want to win,” Keselowski said after his third place finish Sunday. “It is a different perspective because I'm not happy with a top 5. I want to win. “
As opposed to the 22 spot he found himself after three races last year; Keselowski leaves Las Vegas second only five points out of first. Despite his strong start to the season, with his new attitude Keselowski said he still isn’t satisfied.
“You know, the last three weeks, really the last two weeks, and I'm sure when I get home tonight I'm going to go home and throw around some pillows and punch some things,” he said “Because we've had a shot at winning all three races and come up short, whether it's circumstances or bad luck or today just a little bit of execution.”
However he added that once the adrenalin wears off he may feel better but still isn’t content.
“Once you get a day to cool off from it, you say, wow, that's really good, three top fives, that's how I'd have wanted to start the year,” Keselowski said. “But with the way I finished last year, I wanted to win. I wanted to win all three of these races, and I'm not happy unless we can do that.”