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NASCAR Sprint Cup: Can 'Bad Brad' Keselowski Spoil the Chase?

Sandra MacWattersCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2011

BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 27:  Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 27, 2011 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 27: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 27, 2011 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Breaking an ankle may have been the best thing to ever happen to Brad Keselowski who has steam-rolled through the points and garnered wins since the medical mishap.

Playing through the pain, Keselowski has taken the Penske Blue Deuce to two wins including the Saturday night race at Bristol and a second and third place finish.

Keselowski is now strongly holding on to the 11th place in the point standings, which is the first wild card slot. He may well race his way into the top 10 if he makes up even more points and 10th place Tony Stewart continues his poor performance.

The win at Bristol was a shocking surprise to the driver of the No. 2 Dodge. A painful ankle didn't stop his enthusiastic jumping around in Victory Lane.

Keselowski told ESPN pit reporter, Jerry Punch, "There are races that pay more, there are races that might have a little more prestige but this is the coolest damn one of them all."

The hot picks to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship may start keeping an eye over their shoulder for the younger racers who may well spoil any chance they have at the title shot.

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Kyle Busch and Keselowski could well be threats to five-time champion, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth.

Momentum is a strange thing in NASCAR racing. When it is working for you it seems unstoppable, but it can turn on a dime and dump a driver.

For the time being, Brad Keselowski is on a roll and where it will stop nobody knows, but don't count out the potential of this driver doing some damage in the Chase to those who least expect it.