The video-game challenge was played on Charlotte Motor Speedway's huge high-definition television. (Charlotte Motor Speedway)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Brad Keselowski crashed hard into the wall during a virtual running of the Bank of America 500 on the world's largest HDTV on Tuesday afternoon, giving
Bralley won the chance to face the Penske driver by outlasting seven other fans in a bracket-elimination tournament racing an abbreviated Bank of America 500 on Activision's newest version of “NASCAR The Game: Inside Line.”
“I feel like I'm living every 28-year-old's dream today,” Keselowski said. “This is the first thing I thought about when I saw this giant TV was how can we play video games on it.”
For his efforts, Bralley, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, won a VIP Bank of America 500 prize package, including being named an Honorary Pit Crew member for Keselowski's team at the Bank of America 500.
Despite falling short of what would have been his first Sprint Cup Series win at Charlotte – even if it was only a video game – Keselowski said he believes his team has what it takes to win when NASCAR's best come to Charlotte next week for the Bank of America 500.
“The cars are strong. The execution on pit road has been good,” Keselowski said of his team's recent performances. “That's what it takes in the sport right now to be successful. It takes that combination. Just having one of those pieces is not enough. You have to have them all. Just missing one of those pieces will keep you from having a solid day.”