Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR champ Brad Keselowski shows gentler side

Reigning NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski has been battling the sharks and wolves on the track for several years now but recently found time for the more kinder and gentler creatures.

Keselowski hung out Tuesday at Zoo Miami doing promotional work for the Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Keselowski got to participate in all the regular photo opps and autograph signing duties, but those weren’t his only concerns. Keselowski, who is fresh off victory at Charlotte but has struggled for most of the season, was looking for any edge he could get.

Keselowski was looking to stretch every inch of his car by spending time hand-feeding the giraffes. Looking for a wiser race-day strategy, he hung out for a bit with one of the world’s largest owls. Hoping for hints on how to strangle his opponents (re: Kyle Busch), BK was seen playing around with a 14-foot Burmese python.

He also spent time with a 500-pound land tortoise, a family of chimpanzees, an African elephant named Peggy and JJ the gorilla (not named for Jimmie Johnson).

Of course, what day would be complete if Keselowski didn’t go looking for more speed from his car by visiting the world’s fastest land animal, an African cheetah?

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