November 15, 2012 6:53 PM
If you had to choose one word to describe Penske Racing’s
Brad Keselowski, it might be consistent.
Keselowski is the driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger on
the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. This season he has entered
all 35 scheduled races and has earned 23 Top 10 finishes.
If that isn’t consistent, I don’t know what is.
On Sunday, as Brad sits in first place with a comfortable 20-point
lead over his nearest competitor, Jimmie Johnson, he will compete
in the final Chase for the Sprint Cup race of the season. Johnson
is the only one in the field who can catch him – the
others have all been mathematically eliminated – so it
comes down to one final push to finish what he started way back in
February. And, it also fulfills his goal of bringing home
a winner’s trophy to team owner Roger Penske.
“To win a championship for Roger would certainly be a huge
accomplishment considering everything he's been through in American
motorsports and beyond,” Keselowski says. “You look at
his legacy in the sport and you can't help but feel that he's been
a little bit slighted on the NASCAR side. We'd like to get that job
done, and I think we have the opportunity to do it. I think we have
the team and car, and it's just a matter of putting all the pieces
Before the 2012 NASCAR season began, it was announced that Penske
Racing would end its association with SRT Motorsports and Dodge and
move to Ford Racing. Despite this disappointment, the Dodge
personnel never let down their guard, never threw in the towel. In
fact, they seemed to redouble their efforts to make the two Dodge
Chargers running on the Sprint Cup circuit (as well as the two
Dodge Challengers taking part in NASCAR Nationwide competition)
race at the highest levels of precision.
“Dodge has done a great job supporting us,” says Paul
Wolfe, Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge. “We've been able
to accomplish a lot (with them). For myself, the three years that
I've been here, we've accomplished a lot and I know that the
relationship with Penske goes a lot farther than that. In a lot of
ways, it's not a bad thing to be the only Dodge team. We definitely
get all the attention and I think there's a lot to be said for
Now it’s up to Brad Keselowski to bring the hammer down and
complete a season in which he charted five victories and earned a
ton of respect from his fellow drivers.
It’s time to seal the deal.