NASCAR: 5 Ways a Brad Keselowski Championship May Change the Sport

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NASCAR: 5 Ways a Brad Keselowski Championship May Change the Sport
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This car and the man behind the wheel are on the threshold of becoming one of the most recognizable combinations of man and machine in recent NASCAR annals.

They say that NASCAR is a cyclical sport, where you're a champion one day, a forgotten former hero the next.

But one thing has remained constant ever since NASCAR was formed in Daytona Beach in the late 1940s: sooner or later, the oldsters get replaced by a new crop of youngsters.

That not only applies to drivers, but also extends all the way up to NASCAR's top corporate offices. Sooner or later, folks like Brian France, Mike Helton and other current and longtime NASCAR officials are eventually going to retire.

Whose hands are they going to leave the sport in? What will the future of the sport be? Who will be the next big name to become the face of NASCAR over, say, the next decade or two?

Early Sunday evening, we very well may have the answer to some of those questions. If 28-year-old Brad Keselowski can keep Jimmie Johnson away and finish ahead of him (or at least fewer than 15 spots behind) Keselowski could very well write a new chapter on where the sport will be headed and a new road map to keep it going in the right direction.

Here are five reasons why a Keselowski championship will potentially change the sport.

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