‘I’m kind of able to turn the fear off,’ Brad Keselowski opens up about confronting the fear of crashes one year after the fiery Daytona crash

Find out what Brad Keselowski had to say about him confronting the fear of crashes as getting ready for the 2022 Daytona 500 following his crash last year at the same track

Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski

The 2012 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski finished six overall in the 2021 cup series and he has already his debut for his new team Roush Fenway Keselowski, which he co-owns in 2022 in the LA clash. Brad Keselowski will be hoping to secure his first Daytona 500 win after he lost out on it in 2021 following a crash with his teammate Joey Logano which started a chain of crashes.

NASCAR Drivers are paid huge sums to race at high speeds around the tracks where a small mistake can be costly. Facing the fear of crashes is a great factor in performing at the highest level and for drivers who had been in crashes, it’s more of a task. Now the 38 years old veteran Brad Keselowski has expressed his thoughts on how to overcome the fear.

Brad Keselowski said that he has gotten to a spot where he can turn off the fear like a light switch as he accepts the fact that something bad might happen to him on the track when racing. He added that he is more afraid of underperforming than of a crash occurring.  

“I’ve gotten to a spot where I’m kind of able to ‘turn the fear off’ like a light switch. Look, I’m in the car. I know something can happen to me. But you know what? I’m OK with that. I’m not afraid of getting hurt. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I’m more afraid of just not performing,” Brad Keselowski said.

Find out what Brad Keselowski’s crash at the 2021 Daytona 500

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Joey Lagano and Brad Keselowski

In the 2021 Daytona 500, Brad Keselowski and his Penske teammate Joey Logano were jockeying for final positioning racing bumper to bumper in the last lap of the race. Brad Keselowski made a last-ditch attempt to overtake Joey Logano who was leading him causing the two cars to make contact. This resulted in a crash igniting a fireball that enveloped multiple cars, including Kyle Busch.

That crash made fans remember a dark flashback involving  Dale Earnhardt’s fatal accident 19 years before in Daytona on the last lap which ended in his demise, who remains the last racer to lose his life in an on-track incident in NASCAR. But the danger is the price drivers are willing to pay as one of the ultimate Motorsport racing glory awaits them on successful completion.

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