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“It’s hard to always reflect on that, especially when you’re struggling. But I’m not struggling now, so it’s easy to say.”

Make no mistake, even when he tries to take the high road, Keselowski relishes competition.

After Sunday’s race, he spent a decent amount of time talking about Johnson’s No. 48 car, portraying himself as a bit of an underdog.

Then he began looking ahead.

“Although they might have the most speed, we’re not giving up,” Keselowski said. “We’re going to keep `em honest through this Chase.”