If there's anyone who can appreciate what it means to have 28-year-old Brad Keselowski as NASCAR's new Sprint Cup Series champion, it's Jeff Gordon.
Gordon won his first Cup title in 1995 when he was 24, earning the nickname "Wonder Boy." He would go on to win three more.
Now 41, Gordon was asked about Keselowski's ability to be NASCAR's leading face, after Gordon won the season's final race Sunday at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway and Keselowski captured the championship, the first driver born in the 1980s to do so.
"He'll do great," Gordon said. "He's entertaining. You never know what you're going to get with Brad."
Keselowski, who drives for Penske Racing, is not your average stock-car racer. The Michigan native not only is skilled behind the wheel, he's articulate, thoughtful, self-assured and exceedingly driven.