Brad Keselowski’s drive towards a Chase Championship

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If 2011 was the year that put Brad Keselowski in the championship driver discussion, 2012 has only cemented that status going forward.

Sports fans and NASCAR buffs – not to mention professional gamblers – trying to handicap the competition for the 2012 Sprint Cup Championship will probably make a pair of multi-time champions the betting favorites as we head into the Chase for the Cup, the NASCAR equivalent to a postseason which starts in September.

Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson and defending champ Tony Stewart are going to be the odds maker’s top picks for obvious reasons – they have demonstrated the ability to endure the mental and physical strain associated with racing automobiles at the pinnacle of the sport’s competition.

Nevertheless, a lot of the smart money is going towards a brash young upstart, who – despite not having the championship pedigree of a Johnson or a Stewart – has been turning heads with his iconoclastic blend of charisma and audacity.

Brad Keselowski has come a long way in the two years since he began piloting Penske’s Racing’s #2 Miller Lite Dodge in 2011.  First known to NASCAR buffs for his aggressive – often brazen – racing tactics and the cheeky demeanor that he flashed during post-race interviews, he now has firmly established the Blue Deuce as a race car to be reckoned with on a week-in week-out basis. Read more…