Brad Keselowski is easily the best champion NASCAR has seen in several years.
Sure, Jimmie Johnson was extremely impressive with his five consecutive championships and so was Tony Stewart last season when The Chase came down to wins. Still, Keselowski winning the championship, and what it does for the sport, has been the best thing to happen to NASCAR in years.
He was a true underdog this season, and his championship win summarizes what NASCAR is all about.
It goes above and beyond just winning the title, though. How he presents himself, represents his sponsors and reacts to his fans has clearly made Keselowski the Sprint Cup champion NASCAR has been waiting for.
"I'm still in the whirlwind part," Keselowski said during a NASCAR media teleconference. "It (the championship) will sink in when I get home and get to catch up with everything that's going on."
Enjoying the Ride
Keselowski is having fun with all the attention surrounding him and the two team.
He's even talked about possibly buying a tank.
I've been looking into that really all summer long. It all started with Wally Dallenbach who was telling me a story about having one. I thought, wow, that would be awesome. So obviously living where I do and being around Dale Jr., I thought it would be cool if we both got a tank and chased each other around in the woods with them. It's kind of our deal.
Some of the fun Keselowski has been having was seen on SportsCenter after he won the championship. While some may criticize how he handled the interview—he stated that he had a "little buzz"—Keselowski's interview was full of heart and appreciation for the NASCAR fans.
"I think everybody faces their criticism no matter what you do," Keselowski said when asked about the interview. "You're never going to get all of the people to like something that you do. It's not possible. Someone's always going to dislike something you do, and you have to roll that off your shoulders and move on."
One of the greatest aspects of Keselowski is how he has remained humble throughout the whole championship experience.
While he is the main face of the two team, he takes no credit away from everyone else who is behind the scenes, and provides him with the car to win races.
"I think that we have great people. They adapt and they adjust and they react. They find a way to get the set-up right for each track and get the car built right. Really, it's more communication in competition with talented individuals that fin a way to make those things happen."
He remains committed to the team behind the Blue Deuce and is a true champion because of it. While the drivers may receive all the attention because they are the ones in the media, Keselowski has constantly thanked those who stood behind him, something which reminds us all that a champion is only as great as those who support him.
Brad Keselowski is the type of champion NASCAR needs. He was an underdog who beat one of the top drivers and still manages to remain humble.
He is great for NASCAR's media exposure and has already proven it with the interview on SportsCenter alone.
Even though he is a champion, he is still having fun along the way.
Keselowski is the champion NASCAR needs, and he will hopefully remain a big part of the sport in years to come.
Michael Guadalupe is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand via NASCAR media teleconference.