What to do With Brad Keselowski
It was quite a wild weekend for defending Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski. It began on Friday, when he took the checkered flag in the Nationwide race thanks to a rainstorm that cancelled the remaining laps while he was in first place. The rain would strike again on Saturday evening, which pushed the Sprint Cup Series race to Sunday afternoon.
Keselowski (who was running in the top 10) was taken out by Kurt Busch, who was trying to pass him on the low side, but he hit a strange bump in the track and lost control temporarily. The hit from Busch caused Keselowski to skid back into the center of the lane, where Greg Biffle rode up behind him so fast that the rear end on the Blue Deuce went airborne momentarily.
Just like that, it was another finish outside the Top 30 for the Miller Lite team, as they dropped from No. 9 in the Sprint Cup standings all the way down to No. 13 and out of the Chase for the moment. His fantasy owners have had a tough time dealing with his recent struggles as well.
Here are his finishes since April 27th:
It’s not as if he hasn’t been running well, he has just had some bad luck. We saw it last season when Carl Edwards was struggling to break through, thanks to one problem or another in 2012. Whether it was engine failure, running out of gas or another driver taking him out, it’s frustrating.
You can’t let a little bad luck deter you from keeping him on your fantasy team, though. He is, after all, the defending champion. He also had Top-10 finishes in all but one race between the beginning of the season in Daytona and the Kansas race in late April.
If you recall, he had a rough patch around this time of year in 2012 as well. Then from the beginning of July through the end of the season in November, he had 16 Top-10 finishes through the final 19 races.
Daytona is coming up next week, and it’s the same track where he has finished well in his last two races (8th and 4th, respectively). He will certainly be hungry for a checkered flag, as he does not have one in 2013, so it will be paramount in his hunt for a Wild Card spot during the Chase.
So don’t give up just yet. Since the beginning of the 2011 season, only Dale Earnhardt Jr, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth have been better at restrictor plate races. If he hasn’t turned it around in the next couple of weeks, then it may be time to dump him, but it’s not like he was going to be on a hot streak for the rest of his career. Even Jimmie Johnson has hit some rough patches, but no one is dropping him from their lineup anytime soon.