Can Brad Keselowski Find Victory Lane Through Consistency?
Brad Keselowski scored another top-5 finish in this Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, finishing in third place behind Kyle Busch and race winner Kasey Kahne. Once again, just like the last three weeks, Brad was happy — but not impressed.
While anyone can admire consistent finishes, that first big win is much more important, and Brad has been in contention to win at every one of the tracks NASCAR has raced at thus far. Though he has yet to get the victory that he is so hungry for, he has shown massive improvement. Even as he sighs disappointingly after each race, he has to realize that each solid finish helps.
Keselowski has improved on his average finish everywhere he has raced this year. This Miller Lite Ford team doesn’t seem to have anywhere to go but onward and upward. Of course, the start of this ascent can be found in the Penske driver’s 2012 Championship season where he improved everywhere.
It has reached a point where trying to gauge Keselowski’s potential performance on a track using his past finishes is misguided, as this team has just improved by that much. Going into Fontana, a track that he doesn’t typically finish well at, expect him to break his records.
At this point, don’t even be surprised if he is in contention for a win at this California track.
Brad is proving to the rest of NASCAR that last year’s Championship was no fluke. Looking ahead, don’t be surprised to find this young reigning champ mixing it up again for that trophy come the end of the season. If he can bring this No. 2 Ford Fusion into victory lane, NASCAR could be looking at a repeat champ.
Jake Thompson is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JakeThompsonCU.