Brad Keselowski, who will be entering the NASCAR Playoffs as the third seed come Sunday, does not have great memories from last fall at the Kansas Speedway.
There, he started the race 20-points clear of Chase Elliott and got stuck on the final restart. Falling from 13th to 19th, Keselowski eventually lost the final playoff berth to Elliott by a margin of three points.
While it was a matter of huge disappointment for the #2 driver of a Ford Mustang, he believes it is not going to be easy yet it is something that he needs to put behind him.
While there were questions on Keselowski’s consistency, he has enjoyed four victories this year so far. The win at Richmond in the opening round of the Playoffs was his sole Top-10 finish in the six playoff races that have taken place.
“We’ll move on to hopefully four good race weeks for us,” Keselowski said.
The Team Penske driver came off performances of 34th, 13th, 18th, and another 18th. While these may not be championship-worthy finishes, they did not hurt his progress in the Playoffs, owing to NASCAR’s performance-based qualifying formula.
The champion from 2012 will be making his fourth semifinal round appearance, but only his second one in the last five years.
It will be interesting to see which four drivers advance to the championship race on November 8 at the Phoenix Raceway. The 24-year-old Chase Elliott will be making his fourth consecutive appearance in this NASCAR’s semifinal round version.
Kevin Harvick will go into the race on Sunday as the top seed with nine(9) wins in thirty-two(32) races this year. He has managed a NASCAR-best of 143 points in the first round, and 80 in the second.
Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin happens to be the only driver to make the playoff 10 times and not win a championship.
Brad Keselowski hopes to have a good performance and is looking to work as hard as he can to find it. He believes there is a process involved in that and is looking to step up when the moment eventually arrives during the weekend.