By admin | August 7, 2009
By Richard Allen
For what it is worth, here are some words of advice to Brad Keselowski: STAY WHERE YOU ARE! So what if you are on the Hendrick Motorsports “B-team”.
Speculation has had it that Keselowski is hoping to become a full time Sprint Cup driver in 2010, but reports have it that there are very few options available within the HMS organization or its affiliated teams. Stewart-Haas Racing does not appear to be adding a third team and word has it Keselowski would not have been the driver there if a team had been added.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. does not appear to be in the mood to move his Nationwide Series team up to the next level.
So, little is left aside from the James Finch car. If that #09 effort should work out then so be it for Keselowski. He has obviously shown he can win in that car with his victory in Talladega. However, there would be issues with that team becoming a full time Hendrick satellite operation.
He may not like and it may not be the plan he would choose for himself, but Keselowski’s best option is to stay where he is. Driving for JR Motorsports, which is in reality an extension of HMS, is better than most Sprint Cup rides.
And more, leaving HMS for Penske, as has been rumored, or some other team outside the Hendrick umbrella would likely doom his chances of ever driving for the sport’s premier team.
Just look at the number of wins, the point standings or any other statistic and it will show that over the past several years few teams even come close to matching HMS. Driving for that organization while biding his time for a retirement or some type of expansion under that HMS umbrella would be better than rushing to a second rate Cup team. And for all intents and purposes, every other team not associated with HMS is a second rate team right now.
I know someone will want to point out that Kurt Busch, in a Penske car, is 4th in the standings and has won a race. But remember, he missed the Chase for the Championship last year. Penske has two wins over the last two years while HMS and its satellite teams have many more.
Joe Gibbs Racing has won numerous races in the last two seasons, but last year folded under Chase pressure. And, it is looking like JGR may only place one car in the Chase this season. Also, Keselowski hopes to stay in his JR Motorsports Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series. Neither Toyota nor Chevy is going to go for him splitting time.
Roush Fenway Racing is already overstocked with drivers. Richard Petty Motorsports is having financial troubles. Richard Childress Racing has really slipped this season.
When looking at the NASCAR landscape, there is no place better than where he is for Keselowski.
The JR Motorsports Nationwide ride may only be the “B-team” at HMS but it is still better than the “A-team” anywhere else.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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