After winning a Sprint Cup at Talladega in April of 2009, and on the strength of two Nationwide Series wins in 2008, as well as one earlier this year, the marketability of Brad Keslowski has never been higher.
The question that remains is who will take advantage of that fact and place Keselowski in one of their Cup cars.
We pretty much know that there is no room at Hendrick Motorsports for him, Rick Hendrick seems happy with his driver lineup for 2009 and 2010, meaning Keselowski would not be eligible for a Cup ride there until 2011.
If a new sponsor came along to HMS and preferred Keslowski to Mark Martin, I think we know who the driver of the No.5 car would be.
We also pretty much know that JR Motorsports doesn’t have the funding to do a full-time Cup effort for 2010. As stated earlier this could change, but isn’t likely too. We also know that Keselowski would like to once again run for the Nationwide title with this team in 2010.
That would seem to limit his options to Chevrolet cup teams for the 2010 season.
Stewart-Haas Racing would like to add a third car if financing for it can be found. Since SHR is a satellite program of Hendrick Motorsports it seems logical to assume Keselowski could end up running there.
We also know that the relationship between Kevin Harvick and Richard Childress Racing has soured, or run its course, depending on how one chooses to look at it, possibly opening the door for a ride at RCR.
Richard Childress is adamant that both Harvick and sponsor Shell/Pennzoil will return but he has another situation to deal with in Casey Mears.