Richmond Will Determine The Rest Of Brad Keselowski's Season

By Christy Valdez
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Keselowski has only one more opportunity to defend his championship, as the chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is about to begin.

Heading into Richmond International Raceway, Keselowski is just one of the many drivers on the bubble trying to race his way into one of the final five spots into the chase. Currently sitting in 15th prior to the green flag at Richmond, the defending champion is going to need several things to work in his favor to get into the chase.

Saturday not is only a must win situation for Keselowski, but he might need some of his fellow competitors to make a couple of mistakes in order for him to capitalize on the situation. Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman and Jamie McMurray are just some of the drivers on the bubble from 10th place on. Many of them are trying to at least break into the top 10, or take one of the two wild card spots.

Over the last two weeks, several of the drivers on the bubble managed to improve their positions in the point standings in attempts to improve their chances, but for Keselowski, however, things have been the exact opposite.

The last two races at Bristol and Atlanta took the defending champion out of the top 10. Prior to Bristol, Keselowski sat in the eighth spot in the points, then dropped to 11th heading to Atlanta, and then dropped to 15th. Most of the season has been a roller coaster ride for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, and that same roller coaster ride continues at Richmond, as he tries to qualify into the chase to successfully defend his title.

The best case scenario for Keselowski to get into the chase would be to win at Richmond and have several positions over his competitors vying for a chase spot in order to at least qualify in 10th or a wild card spot.

Richmond will be make or break for Keselowski, but the checkered flag waved at the end of the race will tell if the 2012 champion will defend his title in the chase, or try to spoil it for everyone else racing for the championship.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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