Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 10/11/14
It’s been a very rough stretch for defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski. The driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford started the 2013 campaign on a tear, with finishes of fourth, fourth, third, third to start the year off. Next he had a disappointing 23rd in Fontana in the fifth race, only to follow that up with two sixth’s and a ninth in the next three races. That made seven top 10′s in his first eight races. Then the bottom dropped out from the No. 2 machine. Three of the next four races Keselowski finished 30th or worse and that sent him in a freefall in the standings. After a fifth last week in Dover Keselowski rebounded to eighth in the standings, a mere four points ahead of Paul Menard for 10th and 14 ahead of Jeff Gordon who’s the first driver out of the automatic Chase qualifier position of 10th. The 2011 summer race winner at Pocono needs to keep some of his magic going at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway and stay ahead of the bubble. If he falls out of the top 10 he may not make the Chase. Keselowski has zero wins this year and if he doesn’t reach victory lane by Richmond in September he could very well be on the outside looking in come the first chase race at Chicagoland Speedway. The young driver needs to get a win somehow, some way. He’s finished in the top five two of the last three Pocono races but has finishes of 18th, 23rd, 20th and 21st in his other four starts there. It’s safe to say the pressure will only build as the weeks go on. Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru The post NASCAR: Brad Keselowski falling dangerously close to Chase bubble appeared first on Race Review Online.

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