It’s come to this, a weekend that can make or break Brad Keselowski‘s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship hopes. This year’s title defense for Keselowski began with a strong streak of consistent finishes that mirrored his aptitude in last year’s Chase which allowed him to hoist the Cup high come November. Then the series made its way to Texas Motor Speedway where the problems all began even though Keselowski clawed his way to a top ten position. It wasn’t his performance that night that was damaging and turned his luck but rather the penalties handed down to the Penske Racing teams.
The penalties involved a 25 point docking for the champ and teammate Joey Logano. These points lost hurt the champ very much as did the other important aspect of the penalty which was the loss of the team crew chiefs. Once the penalty took effect, Keselowski’s team has been lost without brilliant leader crew chief Paul Wolfe.
Wolfe was a huge part of why Keselowski was able to win the championship last year so he has been hurting without him over the last few weeks. That comes to an end this weekend now that Wolfe is back from his suspension ready to lead the forces of the No.2 Penske Racing team once more.
The time has come where it is critical that Keselowski turns his season around with a strong finish or a win at Dover International Speedway where he won last year in the Chase. If he can’t do well even with Wolfe back, his season may seriously be heading in a downward spiral.