It was only five months ago at Texas Motor Speedway that soon-to-be NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski ignited a fierce rivalry with Jimmie Johnson for the title. Keselowski and his Penske Racing team had never been too good at Texas, yet he kept right up with Johnson the leader, racing him hard to try to steal the win.
This weekend, Keselowski is hoping to contend again and possibly win. He has had a very solid year thus far but is desperately in need of a win to jump-start his repeat championship hopes for the season.
Not unlike last year, Brad will be clawing his way to the top from a 16th qualifying position. This team has never been the best at qualifying, but Paul Wolfe is always able to pull out the right pit strategy to get Bad Brad to the track position that he needs.
If Brad Keselowski can bring his No. 2 Ford Fusion to the front, he will be facing some heavy competition. The two Busch brothers are on the front row with Kyle Busch beating a track record in qualifying to grab the pole from the hands of his brother Kurt Busch.
It’s very likely that Brad will have to face old rival Johnson if he wants to make his way to the front as Johnson is starting in the seventh spot. He may not have qualified very well, but don’t count out Keselowski from victory lane just yet.