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I like Brad Keselowski

By admin | February 9, 2010

By Richard Allen

After watching him race for a little over a year now I have come to the conclusion that I like Brad Keselowski. To me, he embodies what all NASCAR drivers ought to be.

This came to me a few nights ago when I saw him on SpeedTV talking with the likes of Waltrip, Hammonds and McReynolds. “I like when other drivers are upset with me,” the young driver said when asked about ruffling a few feathers in the garage area over the course of his brief career. “That means I’m beating them.”

Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be? Isn’t the object of the game to win? It seems to me there are too many drivers who are concerned about how fans, media and other drivers feel about them. Many seem to be afraid of ruffling feathers. After all, that might reflect badly on their sponsors.

Darrell Waltrip used to relish ruffling feathers. Any man who invites an entire grandstand full of people to meet him in the K-Mart parking lot after a race wouldn’t be too concerned about angering the competition. And most importantly, love him or hate him ole DW was a winner.

Dale Earnhardt, Sr. liked to “rattle a cage” now and then. Not only was he not concerned about upsetting the other drivers, he wanted to do it.

The Allisons and Pettys once got into a fight in victory lane. There was no concern as to whether either liked the other.

Now understand that in no way shape or form am I daring to compare a guy who has been racing in NASCAR for less than two full seasons with Waltrip, Earnhardt, Petty or Allison. What I am doing is saying Keselowski has the same sort of fire in him that could cause him to be successful.

A driver who is liked by everyone in the garage is not likely to be a frequent winner because he may be afraid of making the bold moves at the end of a race that could ruffle feathers.

What could be very interesting this season is the dynamic of Team Penske. Keselowski will be teamed with Kurt Busch who is also not one to worry about creating hard feelings. If these two, along with fellow teammate Sam Hornish, can get along this could be a formidable team. If they can’t, it could make for some very interesting stories.

Denny Hamlin may not agree but I like Brad Keselowski. I don’t think he is too worried about whether either of us like him or not. And in my opinion, that’s a good thing.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and the Knoxville Journal.

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9 Responses to “I like Brad Keselowski”

  1. Chase Says:
    February 9th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Great article. I’ve been saying this same thing since the whole Denny Vs. Brad thing started in Charlotte back in 08. I personally think that Brad has made Denny look sort of foolish on many occasions. Again, That is only my opinion. He knows that sponsors these day’s don’t like jerks, but they like Winners even more. If he can put that 12 car in victory lane a time or 2 this year I think he will gain an even bigger fan base, as well as a bigger hate group.
    Remember, Theresa Earnhardt said “If you are a bad ass, and you can back it up, People WILL respect you.”
    Hopefully he can back it up in the cup series.

    Plus, His city of Rochester Hills borders my hometown in Michigan. gotta root for the hometown boy!

  2. Charles Says:
    February 10th, 2010 at 6:39 am


    I am not a driver fan, I am a Car Fan, so to me drivers are not a big issue for me! Brad is a talented driver!

    But after going to Nascar races for years, I liked it better when the race car did the talking and not the driver!

    I mean if you go back to the Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, David Pearson era, I never seen these drivers really hit each other repeatly “just because they could”, or take as many cheap shots, nine times out of ten the faster car won the race, the racing was good !Most of the time the hitting or rubbing fenders was at the end for the win!

    Now in the fifties on the short tracks, drivers like Curtis Turner, Tim Flock, Buck Baker would get rough at times but on the superspeedways they seem to race with more respect!

    I think just to have a driver with a bad attitude and win at all cost, destroy a bunch of cars just because they can, may make good press, but hardly good racing!

    A return to the Petty -Pearson- Allison era would seem to be a better model to go by as far as racing itself to me!

  3. Ole Putz Says:
    February 10th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I think the Bad K vs Dumby Hambone thing will re-ignite at Daytona. These two revel in the limelight. They are both egotistical as per team owner instructions.

    Getting your name, team, and sponsor named and seen on TV is the goal! Right?

  4. Dan Humphries Says:
    February 10th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    One comment..Hamlin is a “punk”.Thank you.

  5. yankeegranny Says:
    February 10th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    PREDICTION; Brad K is our next superstar.
    DumbyHambone(love that name) will finish behind BK at the end of the year.
    There will be numberous incidents between the two of them this year, but DH will end up looking like the fool that he is.
    I can’t remember which” authority”it was who said that BK would never get anywhere in NASCAR because he was not good-looking, articulate, or anything that a sponsor would be looking for,…think it was someone who was a motorsportsphotograper???? Boy, does it look like he was wrong.

  6. coolheir Says:
    February 10th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I like brads attitude and personality also and I really think he has what it takes to be a top tier driver. Hopefully Penske can give him the equipment to compete well and win.
    I’m curious to see how him and Kurt are gonna evolve as teamates, especially if/when the time ever comes when Brad starts out-performing Kurt and if/when Kurt begins to percieve that Brad and not Kurt is the favorite son at Penske South.
    If Brad becomes successful sooner rather than later, it would’nt shock me to see Miller Lite want to make a switch from the less popular KB to the much more popular BK.

  7. Gina Says:
    February 10th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I have to say I’m enjoying Brad K, too. I don’t like arrogant, but I do like the fact that he isn’t backing down AND that he wants to win, but doesn’t sulk (like hamlin) when he doesn’t.

    I may feel different if he wrecks MY favorite driver, but it is fun to watch him and he has a personality that I can relate to.

  8. midasmicah Says:
    February 10th, 2010 at 4:57 pm


  9. steven Says:
    February 10th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    How about little Joey? He never threatens the other drivers in a competitive way so naturally they like him.