Cold and Flu

Brad Keselowski Shakes Off Flu to Win at Atlanta Motor Speedway

February 26 2019 01:39 PM EST

The Associated Press

Brad Keselowski celebrates in victory lane after winning a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Feb. 24 in Hampton, Ga.
((AP Photo/Scott Cunningham))

At a Glance

  • Brad Keselowski recovered from flu-like symptoms to win at Atlanta.
  • The NASCAR driver missed a portion of final practice and received intravenous fluids.

Sick day? Not for Brad Keselowski, who won Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway despite losing almost 6 pounds battling flu-like symptoms.

“A race car driver is who I am. It’s what I do and what I love. I’m not going to let anything get in the way of it,” Keselowski said after the victory. “We had the team to win, of course things still have to go your way, but I don’t want to be the reason why they don’t.”

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He was admittedly hot, tired and somewhat dazed after 3 1/2 hour of racing. Had the event been one day earlier, Keselowski said he wouldn’t have been healthy enough to drive.

“Whenever you have a fast car, it’s funny how fast those things disappear,” he said.

Keselowski missed a portion of final practice, received intravenous fluids and had a replacement driver on standby Sunday in case he couldn’t make it the full 500 miles.

Keselowski’s wife also was sick, and Keselowski missed the start of Saturday’s final practice. Keselowski was able to complete two runs before practice ended, but medical workers took him via golf cart from the garage to receive treatment.

“Whatever we had, I’m not sure what we had, it floored both of us,” he said.

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