Defending 2012 Sprint Cup champion and two-time Bristol Motor Speedway winner Brad Keselowski celebrated his 29th birthday at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile Tuesday in a big way.

Keselowski, who won last spring’s Food City 500, as well as the 2011 IRWIN Tools Night Race, was honored by the mayors of Bristol, Tenn.  and Bristol, Va. with a proclamation naming Feb. 12 as Brad Keselowski day in Bristol.

Joel Staton (Bristol, Tenn.) and Jim Steele (Bristol, Va.) presented Keselowski with the following proclamation:

Whereas, Brad Keselowski finished in the Top 10 in three of his first four career races at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Nationwide Series, and

Whereas, Brad won his fourth career Nationwide start at BMS; and

Whereas, two of his nine NASCAR Sprint Cup wins have come at Bristol Motor Speedway, including back-to-back wins in August 2011 and March 2012; and

Whereas, Brad has often declared his love for Bristol Motor Speedway and the Bristol area; and

Whereas, Brad gives of his time to help Bristol Motor Speedway promote its races and the quality race environment in Bristol; and

Whereas, Brad has dedicated himself to serving others who serve our country; and

Whereas, Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation was incorporated in July 2010 to support individuals who have sacrificed greatly for their country, including U.S. military members, veterans, first-responders and their families; and others; and

Now, Therefore, We, Joel Staton, Mayor of the City of Bristol Tennessee and Jim R. Steele, Mayor of the City of Bristol Virginia, do hereby declare February 12, 2013 as 

Brad Keselowski Day in Bristol

in recognition for his dedication to promoting Bristol and Bristol Motor Speedway, and his ongoing work in supporting America's heroes through the CFF foundation and its events including the Wounded Warrior Project, the Armed Forces Foundation, The Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. 

Done this 12th day of February 2013.

Keselowski, who was also surprised by the BMS staff with a birthday cake and gifts, was taken aback by the proclamation.

“Well, I sure didn’t expect anything like this,” said Keselowski. “You guys really got me. I thought you might do something to surprise me but not having a day named in my honor. That’s really so cool.

“I love this place. I love racing here and I love the people around here. It’s always been a great place for me and I always look forward to coming here. And I can’t wait to get back here in 30 days.”