It’s been an up and down season for defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski.
After starting the year off with two fourth place finishes followed by two third place finishes he continued his hot streak on with seven top 10′s in the first eight races of the season.
That’s where Keselowski’s luck ended.
In the eight races since, Keselowski has only one finish inside the top 10 and that was a fifth at Dover. He’s slipped down to ninth in the Sprint Cup standings and only nine points from falling out of Chase contention for the time being. If Keselowski falls out of the top 10 he won’t be eligible for the two wildcard spots as both Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart have each won a race this year and would get those two spots.
Instead of playing the cat and mouse game of teetering on the edge of making the Chase all Keselowski has to do is win. Luckily, Kentucky Speedway is up next on the schedule and that’s a track where he thrives at.
This will be the third Sprint Cup Series race at the 1.5-mile track and in the two previous starts Keselowski is one of five drivers that have finished in the top 10 in both. He’s the defending Quaker State 400 race winner as the track and the style of racing there suits him perfectly.
Keselowski has an average finish of 4.0 at Kentucky with 100 green flag passes. He’s ran 98.6-percent of his laps in the top 15 there in Cup competition so it’s a safe bet he will be a threat come Saturday night.
Also, Keselowski has one win in Nationwide Series competition there with five top 10 finishes in five career starts at Kentucky.
The intensity is heating up by the week as drivers know they need to capitalize on their opportunities at tracks they thrive. This is one for Keselowski.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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