It was a rough night once again for Brad Keselowski at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion had another hugely disappointing race in the Coca-Cola 600 after getting involved in a wreck with Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
In last Saturday’s Sprint All-Star Race (also taking place in NASCAR’s backyard), Keselowski was the first car to head to the garage and he finished in dead last a disheartening finish after finishing second behind multiple-event winner Jimmie Johnson last year.
That finish was, in a way, symbolic of young Keselowski’s season last year as challenged battling-tested veteran Johnson, only winning the championship after Johnson had mechanical difficulties at Phoenix. Instead, this year’s finish is heavily indicative of the serious championship hangover that Keselowski has been sporting in these past few races.
In the Coca-Cola 600, last year’s champ got another terrible finish in 36th at the end of the night. This depressing finish pulled Keselowski down to 10th in the points standings. He now sits on the verge of falling out of the solid Chase for the Sprint Cup field. To then get into the Chase from outside the top-10, he would have to get some race wins to vie for the wild card spots.
Now, the champion could be in a position where he could fall out of the Chase he performed so well in last year. Hopefully, the return of Paul Wolfe at Dover this next weekend can put Keselowski back in contention, something that he simply hasn’t been able to do for weeks.