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Kurt Busch indicates Keselowski’s recent success due to absence from Nationwide races

By admin | August 30, 2011

By Richard Allen

In case you haven’t noticed, Penske Racing driver Brad Keselowski has been red hot of late. As a matter of fact, he has scored two wins along with a 2nd and a 3rd place over the course of his last four NASCAR Sprint Cup races. And in that time, he has climbed from the position of clinging to the hope of a wildcard spot in the Chase for the Championship to knocking on the door of the top-10 in the standings and an automatic place in the playoff.

What is it that has propelled Keselowski to this recent success? While appearing on the Speed network show ‘Race Hub’ on Monday night, Keselowski’s teammate, Kurt Busch, stated his belief that the incredible run may well be the result of increased focus on Sprint Cup racing after Keselowski’s sudden departure from the Nationwide Series.

Just prior to NASCAR’s second visit to the Pocono Raceway, Keselowski was involved in a serious testing crash at the Road Atlanta road course. That incident left the driver with a broken ankle. Since then, this driver who has competed full time in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series’ since the beginning of the 2010 season has been forced to hand over the reins of his second series car to other drivers.

Is it mere coincidence that Keselowski’s top level performance has improved so dramatically since his departure from the lesser division?

Apparently, Busch believes there is more than coincidence involved. After joking that the Phoenix heat during a tire test there was hotter than Brad Keselowski to ‘Race Hub’ host Steve Byrnes, the senior member of Penske Racing indicated that he believes improved focus has played a significant part his teammate’s success of late.

“I like that he’s been in the Cup car and not going back and forth to the Nationwide car,” Kurt Busch explained.

To give credence to Busch’s point, consider that no Sprint Cup champion since the advent of the Chase format in 2004 has ever run more than a third of the Nationwide schedule. Tony Stewart drove in twelve Nationwide events in 2005. Jimmie Johnson has never competed in more than four of those races in any one season and Kurt Busch did not even run a Nationwide race until 2007.

The point is, obviously, that it appears as if running large numbers of Nationwide races is more of a distraction than those who do it would like to admit. Brad Keselowski’s recent performance is proving that in the minds of his teammate and many others.

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3 Responses to “Kurt Busch indicates Keselowski’s recent success due to absence from Nationwide races”

  1. Charles Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Look Brad is doing the best with Dodge! But Kurt and Brads Dodge go a sudden increase in speed in mid summer!

    At the first of the year Dodges were hurting! I really believe the reason both are more competitive is that they got a ’silent engine upgrade” which made them competitive!

    Dodge needed a engine upgrade with the way the were running the first of the year, it but press really needs to do its job and find out!

  2. Ken Says:
    August 31st, 2011 at 11:26 am

    If there really is a new engine in the Dodges, they did a great job at keeping it quiet. A much better job than Ford did with their lame-duck FR9 engine, which has proven to be a total flop! Ford is now back to #4 and is an embarrassment on the track, again! Wonderful job there, Mr.’s Roush and Yates! Thanks for getting us Ford fans all built up for another major disappointment!

    And too, Bad-boy Brad (a driver who I hate with a passion) is sure making a total mockery out of Cryle and Carl! when will Mr. Edwards, and Mr. Busch, finally learn and get the heck out of those other lower series’? Nothing will make me more sick than if “The Blue-Deuce Punk” beats (especially) Carl for the Championship! But then again, with a lame engine, and poorly built racecars, Edwards probably will never have the chance. Sheez!

  3. Charles Says:
    September 1st, 2011 at 5:08 pm


    There is a double standard as far as press releases on mechanical aspects of cars!

    You are right the Ford engine is not magic, but with all the bandstanding in the press, and Fox TV comments the first of the year, you would have thought it was under Jimmy Johnsons car the last 5 years!

    Seems the press jumped the gun on this one, and I would not complain, but notice if Ford or some of the other makes even make a dive to the front, her come all the excuses like this FR9 engine and demote the teams! And then the Nascar rule changes !

    But if Jimmy Johnson wins the point title this year he has 5 or even Jeff Gordon who has 4 not one mention will be about the Chevy RO7 engine or the SB2 that Nascar give GM which has had more power, fuel milage etc!

    No one in the press seems to know anything about what makes a car run, then with they see a theat like the new Ford engine then they seem to be engine gurus! Show it on TV, when have you see Chevys advantage all these years, ever see race hub showing a Chevy RO7 ?

    GM makes great cars and has great teams, but seems in Nascar you can be only allowed to dominate with them!