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Brad Keselowski Must Manage Without Crew Chief For Phoenix

 

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When Brad Keselowski takes the green flag in Sunday’s The Profit on CNBC 500 he will be doing it without his Crew Chief Paul Wolfe. Wolfe helped Keselowski win the pole for the race on Friday when NASCAR used its new elimination style of qualifying for the first time ever. Wolfe left the team via Keselowski’s private jet early on Saturday.

Wolfe returned home to North Carolina to be with his wife as the couple is expecting their first child together. Keselowski took to this Twitter account on Saturday to deliver the below message to Wolfe.

Gonna miss having my crew chief Paul Wolfe this Sunday. Best wishes to him and his wife Aleah on the pending birth of their first child.

In the absence of Wolfe the No. 2 team will have a combination of Brian Wilson and Greg Erwin atop of the pit box. Wilson is an engineer for Keselowski’s team and Erwin is the current Crew Chief for Sam Hornish Jr. in the Nationwide Series. Erwin has previous experience in Sprint Cup from when he was the Crew Chief for Greg Biffle and the No. 16 team.

Heading into Phoenix Keselowski will be looking to build on his successful run in the Daytona 500. It was at Daytona last week that he was able to survive a multitude of wrecks on his way to a top-5 finish. In this race last year, Keselowski ran very well and wound up finishing in the fourth position.

If Keselowski plans on making it into the winner’s circle on Sunday he is going to have to overcome some steep competition from Team Hendrick. Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. all finished inside of the top-five at Daytona, with Earnhardt winning. It’s safe to say that all three of these drivers will be in the mix on Sunday along with Kasey Kahne who will be looking to rebound from a poor Daytona showing.

This Sunday’s race will be televised live on FOX with coverage beginning at 3:00 PM. The green flag is expected to wave at approximately 3:18 PM.

Christopher Olmstead is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com. Follow  him on Twitter @WhooYouKnowIt “Like” him  on Facebook or  add  him to your network on Google.