Brad Keselowski may be the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, but that doesn’t necessarily guarantee him a spot into the championship race.
With the cutoff to the 2013 chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup closing in with two races to go, time is beginning to run out for the reigning champ. With very few spots still available to clinch a ticket into the chase, Keselowski will need to perform and finish ahead of several other drivers.
Atlanta Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway are the only two races left to secure a spot into the championship hunt. Before the races at Atlanta and Richmond close out the regular season, Keselowski had to race in the previous 24 races, which have been a roller coaster ride for him.
The year got off to a fast start for a great title defense with several top 10 finishes. Within the first eight races of the year Keselowski captured seven top 10 finishes.
Throughout the year there have been issues along the way for Keselowski and the No. 2 team. There was the penalty following the race at Texas and the races where several key crew members were suspended. There have also been inconsistencies throughout the year.
After falling out of the top 10 in points the defending champ had to work his way back in. Throughout the last couple of races Keselowski has been in and out of the top 10 and the recent race at Bristol proved to be one of those night that had him in and out in the points.
Some early race trouble may have sent Keselowski towards midpack, but he continued to work his way up. Throughout the race he was on the verge of remaining in the top 10, but a late race wreck knocked him and now he’s on the bubble with two races to go until the chase.
With 24 races now in the books, he has managed to capture seven top five and 11 top 10 finishes. Keselowski remains within the top 11 in points currently on the outside looking in.
In order to make it in the chase Keselowski needs to find consistency within the last two races and top 10 finishes at least to make it in to the top 10 in points. The one thing that he really needs with two races to go is a win. Not only can a win help him in the points, but it can better yet get him a spot in the chase as a top 10 driver or at least a wild card.