The only way the NASCAR season could have gone better for Penske racing is if Brad Keselowski or Joey Logano had won the season opening Daytona 500.
Other than that, it’s been a dream start to the 2013 campaign in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Going into this weekends races at Auto Club Speedway, a Penske driver is on top of the points standings in the top two divisions of NASCAR racing.
Last season’s Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski took over the points lead in the Cup Series after this past Sunday’s race at Bristol with his fourth straight top five to kick off the season. He’s the only driver who’s finished in the top five all four races this year and is off to his best career start.
Keselowski currently leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. by nine points coming into this weekend.
On the Nationwide side, Sam Hornish Jr. is also off to his best career start as the 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner leads second place Justin Allgaier by 22 points. Hornish won a couple weekends ago at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and has three top fives and four top 10′s in the first four races of the season.
He’s the only one with three top fives and is tied with Brian Scott as the only drivers with a top 10 in every race.
This has to be a dream come true as it looks like both should be serious factors to win the championship in their respective series. There’s a long ways to go, obviously, but if it happened it would mark the first time ever a car owner swept both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series titles in the same season.
To make things even better, the Izod IndyCar Series kicks off their season on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida this weekend where one of his drivers has won three of the past four races there, including last season. There’s a very good chance Will Power or Helio Castroneves wins again this weekend as both were very fast in the open test last week at Barber Motorsports Park leading the way there.
If Keselowski and Hornish can salvage good weekends and hold onto the points lead and Power or Castroneves can win at St. Pete, then Penske would have a driver leading the points in the top three series’ in North American racing. How remarkable would that be?
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