Is Brad Keselowski a Contender for NASCAR Sprint Cup?

By Jake Thompson
Jerry Lai-USA Today Sports

It was another disappointing night for Brad Keselowski and his No.2 team at the conclusion of the NASCAR Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. This night, it could have been better-understood by fans and Keselowski alike as the team tries to adjust to an interim crew chief in Kevin Buskirk while Paul Wolfe is still suspended over the Penske penalties. Saturday’s race just seemed to follow pattern for this team in races recently.

This team has always found it difficult to qualify well and that has only continued into 2013. Then in the race Keselowski just doesn’t have the speed he had last year and falls off the lead lap. Once he’s off the lead lap he may catch a break or two but then things seem to fall apart somehow.

Even with his bad luck, last years Sprint Cup champion has been able to keep a steady spot in the critical top ten of the points standings. The question really becomes if this team gets into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which looks likely. Can Bad Brad Keselowski put up an adequate title defense? Can he hit that miracle stride of last year’s Chase and win it all?

To be frank, it just doesn’t seem to be in the cards for Brad Keselowski in 2013. He has ran strong far stronger than in seasons past but he has not scored a critical win yet. Last year, by this point in the season, he had scored two wins already at Bristol and Talladega.

The Lady in Black wasn’t on his side Saturday night and Lady Luck doesn’t seem to be on his side at all currently. To seriously contend for a repeat this team needs to turn something around.

Jake Thompson is a NASCAR Writer for Follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.

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