The Nascar world is all abuzz with Brad Keselowski excitement. He will be running full time with Penkse next year in the twelve car. Replacing the underwhelming and overwhelmed David Stremme.
As you probably know, Brad comes from a racing family. His father is Bob who drove in the Nascar truck series in the 90's. Bob also won the 1989 ARCA championship. Brad drove for his father's K Automotive Racing before catching his big break with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Brad's uncle is Ron Keselowski. Ron raced Sprint cup in the 70's. And Brad also has a brother Brian who drives in the nationwide series. Brian won a few races in the ARCA series but, he hasn't has much luck at the nationwide level. In 33 races he has one top ten.
In his two years running full time nationwide,Brad has always been competitive.
He has five wins and finished 3rd in the standings last year. He also sits 292 points behind Kyle Busch running 3rd this year. And lets not forget his win at Taladega on the cup side.
So far, the up and coming star seems to have all the tools to be a great driver. He's got the skill behind the wheel. He also has the desire and hunger to win. One very important skill that Brad has developed is communication. The ability to describe to his crew chief exactly what the car is doing and where.
A very telling clue to Brad's skill in communication is the praise that is heaped upon him by Championship driver/commentators like Rusty Wallace. Wallace was very generous with his appraisal of Brad's ability to break down a corner. During Saturday nights race at Atlanta, Brad showed great patience while working with his team to get his car right.
Of course, Brad's future could have started off much brighter if he would have been able to secure a ride with Hendrick or one of his affiliates. But, Rick Hendrick just didn't have the room. Economics kept Tony Stewart from adding a team and Dale Jr from moving up to the cup level with his Jr motor-sports team.
But Penske is no slouch. They already have a championship caliber team with Kurt Busch and will give Brad a great chance to compete with Nascar's big boys. While Penske may not have the success of Hendrick, they have great resources and a wealth of experience to share with the talented Mr Keselowski.
I must point out that none of these things will guarantee that Brad has a successful career. There is a big difference in the Nationwide and COT cars. The COT has way more horsepower and can feel like driving a dump truck in the corners.
One thing is for sure though, watching Brad Keselowski run a full schedule in 2010 is going to be worth the wait....
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