Brad Keselowski Aims to Make the Most of ‘Next Four Races’ in NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Season

Published 04/06/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Brad Keselowski has had a topsy-turvy start so far in the NASCAR Cup Series 2021 season. The Team Penske star came the closest to winning at the season-opening Daytona 500 before he was badly wrecked in a final-lap crash, involving teammate Joey Logano.

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Since then, Keselowski has three top-five finishes at the Daytona Road Course, Las Vegas, and Phoenix. He finished second behind Kyle Larson at Vegas.

Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

While he does not have consistent top-10 finishes so far across the seven races this season, Keselowski is quite confident about the upcoming month in the Cup Series.

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Brad Keselowski is happy about the next few races on the NASCAR schedule

After the Bristol dirt race, where Keselowski just about missed the top-10, the Cup Series field received a much-deserved break, courtesy of the Easter holiday. The No. 2 Team Penske driver has worked on a few things during the break, just ahead of what he calls four of his best tracks on the calendar.

“4 of my best tracks ahead. It was nice to have a week off to prepare and come back stronger,” Keselowski wrote on social media.

 

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These four upcoming races begin with the night race at Martinsville Speedway this Saturday. Keselowski has a staggering nine top-five finishes in his last 10 races at Martinsville. This includes two victories, with the last one coming in the 2019 race in the regular season.

After that, the Cup field visits Richmond Raceway, the venue of Keselowski’s latest win in the Cup Series. That win came in the opening stages of the 2020 playoffs. At Richmond, Keselowski has a total of two Cup wins and has finished in the top-10 in seven of the last eight races.

MARTINSVILLE, VA – MARCH 24: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Reese/Draw Tite Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 24, 2019 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Later this month, the GEICO 500 is scheduled at the Talladega Superspeedway. The 2012 champion has struggled at the track in recent years, with consistent finishes outside the top-10. However, this is a venue where he has five Cup Series wins in all, which always makes him a contender to win there.

Can Keselowski make use of these four races to be safe in the playoff battle?

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The fourth and final race that Keselowski is quite excited about is early next month at Kansas Speedway. Kansas is another track where he has done well lately, with three top-fives and a top-10 in the last five races. This includes one of his two wins at the track, which came in 2019.

Keselowski missed out on his second title last season, finishing just behind Chase Elliott in the Championship Race. With seven different winners in the first seven races, the playoff battle is already heating up every passing week.

The former Cup champion will hope to make the most of these next four races with atleast one win.

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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