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Can Brad Keselowski copy Tony Stewart’s championship run?

By admin | August 30, 2013

Brad Keselowski 

By Richard Allen

A former Sprint Cup champion has no wins at this point of the season and might not make the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Does that story sound familiar? Of course it does. That was exactly what was being talked about prior to the 2011 Chase when Tony Stewart essentially limped into the playoff then went on an incredible run that saw him win five of the last ten races and his third Sprint Cup title.

This year, it’s Brad Keselowski who finds himself in similar circumstances. The defending Sprint Cup champion currently sits 11th in the series standings, just four points behind 10th place Joey Logano. And with no victories to date in the 2013 campaign, he finds himself on the outside looking in as Martin Truex, Jr. and Ryan Newman, with one win each, currently hold the wildcard positions.

“Honestly, our backs are against the wall,” Keselowski told reporters in a press conference at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday. ”But these are the times when a great team steps up, when a great team makes a play.”

When reminded of Stewart’s accomplishments in 2011, Keselowski held out hope that the same could happen for him and his Penske Racing team. “At this point in season, he was very similar to where we are right now,” the Michigan native said. “I feel like we have an opportunity to do something very similar.”

Over the past six races, the #2 team has shown signs of coming to life. Finishes of 4th, 6th and 2nd have come in that time span. But at the same time, there have been three results outside the top-10, including a 21st in Indianapolis and a 30th in Bristol. Keselowski’s teammate, Logano, won two weeks ago in Michigan to prove that the potential for victory is still there for Penske.

Keselowski can qualify for the Chase in one of two ways. He can score enough points to crack the top-10 by the end of next weekend’s race in Richmond or he can win one of the two remaining events and make it in via the wildcard.

Whether or not Brad Keselowski will make the playoff won’t be answered for two more weeks. But if he does indeed qualify, he definitely has the potential to achieve the same sort of feat Tony Stewart did two years ago.

Can Brad Keselowski drive is #2 Penske machine to a second consecutive Sprint Cup title?

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6 Responses to “Can Brad Keselowski copy Tony Stewart’s championship run?”

  1. Tony Geinzer Says:
    August 30th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Brad is bad enough as a 1 Time Champ, but 2? Please!

  2. RacingFan Says:
    August 31st, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Even though he doesn’t seem to be able to do it on a weekly basis, when motivated, Tony seems to be able to take a car that is barely in the top ten and win races and even a championship with it. I don’t see that ability in any other current NASCAR driver. There were other drivers like that in the past.
    Brad is a thinker behind the wheel, but unfortunately, Penske made another of his many manufacturer changes, and now has sunk almost to the Roush level of mediocrity.

  3. Lydia Says:
    August 31st, 2013 at 9:20 am

    He may squeak in The Chase…but win…don’t think so! Stewart won in 2011 because he’s Stewart… I don’t think there are many drivers (none who are active now) with Stewart’s pure drive when it comes to racing…need proof? The fact he’s sidelined now shows just how far he’ll push himself..at any venue..just for the thrill of racing and winning…

  4. Ken Says:
    August 31st, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I’m confused. Last year, when Keselowski won the Championship, everyone was heaping praise on him, calling him a breath of fresh air, and so glad he got the Championship before the “Prima donnas” Busch, Hamlin, and Edwards.

    Now, any time I read an article about Brad, posters call him a clown, an idiot, and a whole host of other derogatory names. What happened, or better yet, what did Brad do, to turn everyone against him? What? Because he spoke out about things going on in the garage area?

    Would someone please explain what happened to put Brad in an unfavourable light?

  5. Russ Says:
    August 31st, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    No he won’t win a championship this year. He may sneak into the “Chase” but that’s about it however.
    People seem to overlook the effort that HMS put into helping Stewart win that championship. With their cars out of the running Stewart’s miraculously got faster. Roush and Ford cant provide that level of help.
    Oh well there’s always next year.

  6. Sue Rarick Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Last year there were a lot of gas mileage racing on the 1.5 mile tracks and Keselowski/Wolfe were the best at mileage strategies and Brad won a lot of the mileage races. This year with the new car the mileage races are gone and Brad is not winning.

    Without those gas mileage races last year he would have never have won the championship so his chances this year even if he did find a way to make it to the chase would be slim to nil.