Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski
Penske Championship Racing
Penske Championship Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Keselowski turned in his typical three-win, 20 Top-10 campaign last season, but fell short of advancing into the final round of the Chase. Some inconsistency in the Round of 8 kept the Penske Racing star from advancing into the championship round. This level of performance has become a bit of a predictable trend for the 10-year veteran. Last year it kept him nipping at the heels of the Big 3, and just outside of serious contention for the Monster Energy Cup Series championship. He and crew chief Paul Wolfe will once again team up and look to up their game. The duo won the championship back in 2012, but that is sadly falling way back into the rear view mirror at this point. Keselowski is an amazing driver of considerable skill, but this team is lacking a nudge or bump that would move them higher in these rankings. The jury is still out if they can improve this season, or continue to post their typical stat line of 3-14-21. Read Past Outlooks
Wins Digital Ally 400
May 11, 2019
Keselowski won the Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway Saturday night.
This thrilling race would come down to NASCAR overtime. Keselowski was a late mover and came to the front over the closing laps. He would overcome Alex Bowman on the final restart and cruise to the victory at Kansas Speedway. It was his third victory of the season, and second-career win at the Kansas oval.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Keselowski posted his typical campaign last year with three wins and 21 Top-10 finishes. He did have a couple rough patches during the season, but this has been typical of the Penske Racing star the last few years. Unlike the four prior seasons, Keselowski actually made it into the championship round at Homestead in 2017, although he was the long-odds shot at winning the title. He still finished a very impressive fourth in the final driver standings for his best mark since winning the championship in 2012. Keselowski has set a pretty distinct pattern for his level of performance since winning that championship. Fantasy racing players know what to expect from this veteran driver and team on draft day. He's currently the most dominant driver in the series on superspeedways and larger ovals, and we don't see that changing in 2018.
The Penske Racing star finished a distant 12th in the driver standings last season, but that was a function of two variables. Going cold at the wrong time, and the Chase playoff format led to his early exit from the Chase. He really had a much better season than his final standings position shows. Keselowski racked up four victories and 22 Top-10 finishes. Those numbers are on par with what he's averaged the last three seasons. He had crew chief Paul Wolfe will continue forward with the success they've built in the No. 2 Ford team in 2017. Keselowski has one championship in the bank and he's looking for more, so that makes him both a talented and hungry driver.
It might seem that Joey Logano has supplanted Keselowski as the number one driver at Penske Racing, that's no reason to discount the driver of the No. 2 Ford. Keselowski made a deep run in last season's Chase for the Cup and compiled two pole positions and seven top-10 finishes during NASCAR's playoff. The veteran driver had a down season in the victory department with only one, but he still collected a career-best 25 top-10 finishes. Paul Wolfe returns in 2016 to lead the team again, and in the hopes that he and Keselowski can mount a challenge for that second championship for the Michigan native. There's good reason to expect an uptick in wins and consistency for this driver and team in the upcoming season.
The “Jimmie Johnson” of the next decade has arrived in the form of Keselowski. The 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion dueled with and beat the best in the sport to win last season’s title. The Penske Racing star isn’t finished by a long shot, in fact, we expect a long and very successful career for the driver of the No. 2 Ford. Keselowski will stay with crew chief Paul Wolfe yet again in the upcoming season, but the Penske team makes the jump to Ford from Dodge. That’s the only change in this team’s championship chemistry. It’s taken a very long time for owner Roger Penske to ascend to the top of the sport, and there’s good reason to believe Keselowski will keep him there for a while.
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Rebounds for Seventh-Place at Richmond
April 15, 2019
Keselowski bounced back from two straight disappointing races with a seventh-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400 Saturday night at Richmond Raceway, reports.
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Wins STP 500
March 24, 2019
Keselowski won the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Third at Auto Club Speedway
March 17, 2019
Keselowski finished third in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Leads Auto Club 400 Happy Hour
March 16, 2019
Keselowski topped the leader board in Saturday's final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Auto Club Speedway at 176.648 mph in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford in preparation for Sunday's Auto Club 400, reports.
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Team Engineer Ejected
March 8, 2019
NASCAR officials ejected a crew member for the Team Penske No. 2 Ford team Friday after the car failed pre-qualifying inspection twice at ISM Raceway. Engineer Brandon "Shaggy" Pope, part of the team's 12-person road crew for Keselowski, was removed from the team's roster for the remainder of the race weekend at the 1-mile Phoenix oval, reports.
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