Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/3/14

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Brad Keselowski, driver of the Discount Tire Dodge, celebrates after winning the Nationwide Championship with a third-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
It’s typical in sports that when a team plays on its home court, it seems to have an advantage. When it comes to Rochester Hills, MI native Brad Keselowski, home has not been an advantage for him. That is, when you’re talking about the Sprint Cup Series. Looking at the Nationwide Series to start, Keselowski has a good stat line. He has six starts and has collected two wins, two top-5s, and four top-10s. The two wins came back to back in 2009 and 2010, so some three years ago. He didn’t run this past June, but prior to was a 10th place in 2012. Camping World Trucks is a very small sample size of two races, his first start was in 2005 and a 35th after a blown engine. Last year he raced his was to an eighth place finish with his own team. Now to where it all matters, the Sprint Cup Series. Coming off of a second place finish this past weekend at Watkins Glen has Keselowski in eighth place in the point standings. He is only up by nine points on eleventh place running Kurt Busch, and with no victories, if he slips out of the top-10, he might be toast in defending his title. That means wins will be key, and if not wins, then gaining maximum points each week compared to those around him. In June he finished 12th at Michigan, not all that great, but not all that bad. One year ago he finished second, ironically after finishing 13th in the race prior. A second place this weekend would be a great as the series goes into tracks Keselowski has excelled at. Overall history hasn’t been kind to Keselowski, who admitted that Sunday after the race by saying “with the exception of Michigan, I would say I feel very, very strongly about how we’re gonna finish out the race to the Chase. “ But recent history has been a bit better. Since the August 2011 race he’s finished third, 13th, second, and 12th in those races. That’s an average finish of about seventh, which isn’t bad and would be good for gaining more points. Keselowski is cautiously optimistic knowing a good run is needed. “I’m optimistic that we can put together a good, solid afternoon on Sunday. Michigan, no doubt, has been one of my weaker tracks, especially since the repave. Repaved tracks, for whatever reason, have not been our strong suit. Unfortunately, there have been a lot of repaves lately! We did get a top-five finish there last year so I know we can do it. But we’re confident that we can at least get a solid finish like we did in the spring there. So I really see no reason why we can’t maintain our position in the points, if not improve it before the Chase starts.” You can see if Keselowski and his crew can get his first Sprint Cup Series win at the Michigan International Speedway when the Pure Michigan 400 gets underway 1 PM EST on ESPN.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Royals take Game 2 to even series with Giants

Report: Roger Goodell will have to testify in Ray Rice case

Blake Griffin accused of slapping man in Las Vegas club

Ronda Rousey to face Cat Zingano at UFC 182

Report: Zach Mettenberger to start for Titans over Locker

LaMarr Woodley likely done for season with biceps injury

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Some Seahawks think Wilson isn’t 'black enough'

Darrelle Revis sent home for being late, misses practice

Report: Texas to pay scholarship athletes $10K per year

Report: Widespread academic fraud occurred at North Carolina

NHL postpones Senators/Leafs game after Ottawa shootings

Lions send player home from London after cutting him

WATCH: Giants pitcher yells at Salvador Perez after HR

Will Muschamp's head coaching job posted on Craigslist

Miss California USA would like to date Eric Hosmer

WATCH: Eric Bledsoe sends Clipper flying with sick move

Kiffin's mom fears for son's safety in return to Tennessee

WATCH: Penguins perform 'O Canada' following tragedy

WATCH: Cutest grandma challenges Dwyane Wade to game of one-on-one

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups A – D

Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

Porn star: No one parties harder than Sebastian Janikowski

Outrageous college football predictions: Week 9

World Series Game 2 Preview: Giants vs. Royals

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups A – D

Porn star: No one parties like Janikowski

Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

The San Francisco Giants are zombies

10 bold predictions for NFL Week 8

Pitcher's wife leaves generous tip

Nicklaus defends Jameis Winston

NFL players who could be traded by the deadline

Royals fans sleeping during Game 1

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.