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Four-time champion Jeff Gordon agreed Keselowski is a bit of a throwback, and shouldn’t change.

“Too polished is sometimes not good, either,” Gordon said. “You’ve got to be who you are and let that shine. That’s what I see in him. There doesn’t seem like there’s much fazing him or changing him, at least not what I’ve seen so far, so I don’t anticipate it happening.”

It’s worked for Keselowski, who went from a development driver in the Hendrick Motorsports system quickly earning a reputation as a wild child with no regard for others to the top of the sport in a little over three years. He’s done it by settling into a home with Penske, learning how to be a team leader and getting comfortable in his own skin.

The payoff was a Nationwide Series championship in 2010 with crew chief Paul Wolfe, the first official NASCAR championship for Penske, and then a long-term contract extension that was announced a year ago for Keselowski and Wolfe.

Then the duo teamed together this season to win five races _ two in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship _ and bring Penske Racing its first Cup title 40 years after Penske first entered NASCAR. It carried a $5,728,405 bonus from series sponsor Sprint that pushed the No. 2 team’s season winnings to $12,106,255.

More importantly, it provided credibility to a voice Keselowski is unafraid to use.

“To see Brad and how he is going to represent the sport probably means the most to me because he’s loyal,” Penske said. “I think what you see is what you get. He’s a high-integrity guy, he’s a hard worker and he’s a big team player.”