NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Is It Time to Call Brad Keselowski a Title Contender?

Hugo Olguin@@RealHugoOlguinContributor IIIMay 6, 2012

After Brad Keselowski earned his second win of the season at Talladega, is it time to call Keselowski a championship contender?

I believe the answer is yes.

Keselowski is in his third full-time season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Penske Racing, and he has shown that he can be the lead driver of that organization.  

Keselowski shocked the racing world last season when he got wins at Kansas, Pocono and Bristol to make the Chase via the wild-card slot. He opened a lot of people eye's when he finished fifth in points when the season ended.

Now fast-forward to 2012. Keselowski has two wins already (Bristol and Talladega) and they came a month before he got his first win during the 2011 season.

The Blue Deuce looks to be a lock for the Chase with his two wins. He is up to 12th in points and could easily break into the Top 10 and not need the wild card.

I've been amazed at how much success Keselowski has had in the Sprint Cup Series. I can remember times when he drove in the Nationwide Series where he would run well and not get the finishes to match the effort. That's a trait that could ruin a driver's career in the Sprint Cup Series.

What is going to be the key to Keselowski's championship hopes is consistency. That has been his biggest downfall so far this season.  

While Keselowski has two wins, three Top 5s and five Top 10 finishes, he also has three finishes of 32nd or worse. This is all in 10 total Sprint Cup races this season.  

The No. 2 team needs to make sure that it is at the top of its game every race. While having wins is great, a champion needs both wins and consistency.  

I believe that he can get the job done. He knows what it takes to win a championship, especially after winning a Nationwide Series championship in 2010.

Keselowski has a great organization behind him at Penske Racing. It is going to be up to him to get the job done on the track.