Voted as one NASCAR.com writer's Nationwide Series driver of the year, and one of the few Nationwide regulars that could hang with the Sprint Cup Series guys on any given weekend, Keselowski gets his chance in the Sprint Cup Series full time in 2010.
The last two seasons he spent competing for a championship with JR Motorsports and seemed to be the heir apparent to Mark Martin’s No.5 machine.
But after winning the Spring Talladega race and Martin announcing he wanted to return in 2010, Keselowski demanded a cup ride...and got one.
Yes, he did win Talladega, but in an article that I published shortly after his victory, Keselowski may have gotten too big an ego because of it.
Simply put: Anyone can win Talladega, just as he did.
But Roger Penske hired him to replace David Stremme in the No. 12 and he'll take the wheel full-time starting in February. He ran the final three races of the 2009 season with the team, having a best finish of 25th at Homestead.
While Keselowski has found his place in the Nationwide Series and is a championship contender, right now there is nothing to show that he’ll be able to back that up in the Cup Series.
It also doesn't help that the car he's driving hasn't had success lately, not even when Ryan Newman was behind the wheel in 2008. It only earned one victory, the Daytona 500, and failed to make the Chase.
Keselowski's car seems to be the odd one out at Penske, like the 88 car was at Hendrick.
The No. 12 machine will continue to be a 15th- to 30th-place car even though Keselowski is now behind the wheel.