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Bob Keselowski, NASCAR Truck Series Pioneer, Dies at 70

by Chase Thomas
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NASCAR Truck Series pioneer Bob Keselowski has passed away at the age of 70-years-old.

Keselowski was a pioneer in NASCAR in so many respects. Perhaps his biggest pioneering moment was his early days as a driver in the Camping World Truck Series.

His son, Brad, also sent out a beautiful tweet about his late father. Brad wrote, “My dad will always be my hero. He was quiet and understated, but that didn’t change the impact he had on me or that I watched him have on everyone who knew him. I am forever grateful for what I learned from this man, and I will remember him every day.”

Keselowski won a lot as a driver. 24 times, actually, in the series that is now called the ARCA Menards Series. For seven straight years, Keselowski was in the top-three at the minimum in those standings.

NASCAR’s Official Statement

NASCAR released an official statement on the elder Keselowski’s passing saying, “Bob Keselowski was a true racer whose determination and love of the sport embodied the NASCAR and ARCA spirit.” The message continued, “He worked tirelessly to build his family-owned team, doing whatever it took to compete. Our thoughts are with the Keselowski family during this difficult time.”

His sons are still involved in the sport, with Brad having won the Cup Series in the past. He now owns RFK Racing, at least partially.

The late Keselowski said in an interview in 1997 with the Gaston Gazette, “For all my racing career, we’ve had a small, family-run team, and sometimes the responsibility of being an owner-driver seemed almost overwhelming, yes.” He continued, “But then I look at the successes we’ve had over the years, and that made all the hard work worthwhile.”

It all paid off for the late Keselowski and his impact on the sport is still felt today.

NASCAR On NBC’s official Twitter account tweeted, “Bob Keselowski has died at the age of 70 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Keselowski was an @ARCA_Racing champion, @NASCAR_Trucks pioneer, and the father of Brian and [email protected]

Bob Keselowski’s Impact on NASCAR

NASCAR Camping World Series Truck Driver Dawson Cram tweeted out his condolences to the Keselowski family writing, “My prayers go out to the entire Keselowski family. Bob was a mentor to me, a brilliant mind, a respected individual, and a friend to me and countless others. God speed Bob Keselowski, thank you for everything you taught me.”

Sam Hunt Racing also tweeted out, “Bob Keselowski played a big role in our early days as a @NASCAR_Xfinity
team, especially with his help getting us to our series premiere at @HomesteadMiami. He will be missed dearly. We’re sending our thoughts and prayers to the Keselowski family.”

It’s clear Keselowski had quite the impact on so many folks in the NASCAR world and he will be greatly missed.