If anyone had doubts about Brad Keselowski coming out strong to defend his title as NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, then they were promptly shattered after a four race run of top 5 finishes only ending this last weekend in the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California. Now Keselowski may have relinquished the points lead to Dale Earnhardt Jr., but he isn’t going away by a long shot.
In last year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup season, eventual champ Brad wasn’t even in the top 15 in the points standings coming out of the Auto Club 400. Had he not won last year’s Food City 500, he wouldn’t even be doing that well. This season has seen the best start that Brad has ever had in his short Sprint Cup career.
While his consistency was nice, Brad wasn’t able to keep on a roll after a replaced-engine put him to the back of the pack then an overheated-car fell him back to 23rd. It was a stumble — something he used to do much more in the early part of last season.
The critical thing that Brad has to do is pull out a win and soon. There’s no way he can get another shot at holding up that Sprint Cup trophy again come November unless he reaches victory lane with that Penske Racing number 2.
It isn’t like this duo of Brad and Paul Wolfe haven’t come close to victory lane this year because they absolutely have. It has seemed like every week, Brad sighed after a good finish like it just wasn’t quite as good as the first one he wanted so badly. This team has the driver, the crew, and the car to get out there and win now they just need to prove it.