NASCAR Sprint Cup Champ Shows Off Gaming Skills at Texas Motor Speedway
Oct 27, 2014 08:33AM ● Published by Kevin
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase contender Brad Keselowski (R), driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, competes against 13-year-old fan Griffin Lane in NASCAR '14 during the "Who's Got Game?" video game fan challenge on the world's largest, high-definition LED video board at Texas Motor Speedway on October 20, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. Keselowski was visiting to promote the Nov. 2 AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski showed off his video game skills on the world’s largest HD video board on Oct. 20 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Keselowski, an avid gamer, competed against fans in the NASCAR ’14 and Madden NFL ’15 video games with the unique twist of the games being featured on the world’s largest HD video board for an event to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter, according to a release by Texas Motor Speedway. He also took on Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage in the NASCAR ’14 game.
Just one day before, the Sprint Cup Series championship contender "played a game of cat-and-mouse" with his competitors, winning in overtime at Talladega Superspeedway that secured an automatic
berth in the upcoming Eliminator 8 Round.
Keselowski played the video games against fans and Gossage on the “Man Cave” gaming stage, the video games being featured on 20,633 square feet of HD display.
“I wanted to be the first to play video games on the biggest TV in the world, so this is the biggest video game in the world,” Keselowski said.
Keselowski, seated behind a Game Thruster steering wheel, tested his racing skills against Gossage in a six-lap shootout to the checkered flag, according to the release. Keselowski was driving his traditional No. 2 Miller Lite Ford while Gossage drove Matt Kenseth's No. 20 Dollar General.
The two squared off with a full field on Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval to simulate the Nov. 2 AAA Texas 500, which turned out to resemble more of a playful demolition derby. In the end, Keselowski took the race.
“I hope this is the kind of action we see at the AAA Texas 500 in 13 days,” said Gossage after igniting a multi-car pile-up that put a car on its roof on the infield grass.
Keselowski was all
smiles watching as well as engaging in the competition, which supported good causes. Griffin Lain
spent his 13th birthday at the event and could not have imagined the
presents he would wind up receiving.
He was one of the lucky fans chosen to play NASCAR 14 on Big Hoss TV, who then defeated another fan to advance and face Keselowski in the night’s six-lap finale, according to the press release. Lain chose the No. 22 car of Keselowski’s teammate Joey Logano, but after an early spin but him down a few laps Keselowski generously offered up his own No. 2 Blue Deuce.
Lain won the race and got to celebrate like a champion at Texas Motor Speedway. Keselowski presented him with the AAA Texas 500 trophy and a cowboy hat and then they were joined by “The Great American Sweethearts!” as confetti rained down. Keselowski also gave Lain a pair of autographed Puma racing shoes, autographed Alliance Truck Parts hat and two suite tickets courtesy of SCC to the upcoming AAA Texas 500.
“It was like racing on a whole other level,” Lain said. “It had that huge TV and the steering wheels – stuff I had never played with and it was awesome. It was really cool. It was the best birthday ever!”
“I had a lot of fun playing, but I probably had more fun seeing the faces and reactions of everyone else. That was really special,” Keselowski said. “I hope I get invited back to do it again. Texas Motor Speedway has always been world class and I’m glad I finally got an opportunity to come out here and goof off a little bit.”
now focused on maintaining his momentum for the three races of the Eliminator 8
Round, which began Sunday at Martinsville Speedway before heading to Texas
Motor Speedway for the AAA Texas 500. The Eliminator 8 Round wraps up at
Phoenix International Raceway before the Championship Round where four drivers
will vie for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16.
Texas Motor Speedway will once again play a pivotal role in determining the series champion and could be the track that locks Keselowski into the Championship Round. Keselowski and his Team Penske teammate Joey Logano tested on the 1.5-mile speedway in late September. The track time and learning that Keselowski and his crew chief Paul Wolfe gained from the test session should prove valuable in addition to the fact that Logano won April’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
“We are certainly very proud of past Sunday’s win but we can’t get caught up in it,” Keselowski said. “We have four critical races in front of us. We are probably going to need to win at least one of them. Our heads are down and focused.
“Certainly, coming here to Texas in a week-and-a-half to start that race weekend, we are looking forward to that. This type of track is really one of our strongest tracks. We are really, really looking forward to coming back here. I’m looking forward to a big weekend in Texas and looking forward to four weeks to hopefully win a second championship.”
Tickets for the AAA Texas 500 are still available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at 817-215-8500 or by visiting texasmotorspeedway.com.
NASCAR's Brad Keselowski plays video games with Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage and others at the "Who's Got Game?" Video Game Fan Challenge on Oct. 20 at Texas Motor Speedway