Brad Keselowski Explains Why He Didn’t Go the Denny Hamlin Way With NASCAR Team Ownership

Published 11/17/2021, 3:56 AM EST
LOUDON, NH – JULY 18: Brad Keselowski, driver of the (2) eCascadia Ford Mustang, before the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on July 18, 2021, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In a recent interview, Roush-Fenway Racing’s new driver-owner, Brad Keselowski, described why joining an already established team is a strength and not a weakness.

The former Penske driver was asked why, unlike Denny Hamlin, who invested in and started Leavine Family Racing, he joined a struggling Fenway team that finished behind Hamlin’s team in its first season.

“I think I see a lot of opportunities here that maybe some other people don’t see,” Keselowski said.


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“There are a lot of strengths here that a lot of people don’t understand.” 

He reasoned that having established charters, a legacy with Ford and fans, makes it a powerful brand. The 37-year-old confessed that everything apart from ‘the competition side’ is very strong in his new team.

Keselowski claimed it would’ve been much harder to improve anything outside of the missing piece, to which he can bring a lot.

“I feel like I can bring the things needed to improve the competition side.”

2021 season for Roush-Fenway and Brad Keselowski

The driver who spent almost a decade at Team Penske almost missed out on the perfect ending to his time at the Penske team. Keselowski missed out on the Championship 4 for Phoenix because of disappointing results in Kansas and Martinsville.

In 2021, Keselowski finished sixth in the rankings. He took home one race win in Talladega and finished 10 times in the Top 5 and 17 times in the Top 10.

Apr 25, 2021; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) celebrates after winning the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, Roush-Fenway had an average season. Neither of its drivers could win a race.


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Ryan Newman finished twice in the Top 5, and five times in the Top 10. His best result came in form of a third-place finish in Daytona 500. Chris Buescher finished once in the Top 5 and eight times in the Top 10. His best result was also a third-place finish at Charlotte.

So, it seems Keselowski is right in his assessment. His new team, now rebranded as RFK Racing has the winning pedigree in form of a race winning car. And obviously, the team itself is quite established.


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With the addition of Brad Keselowski, RFK Racing will get a championship-winning and vastly experienced driver, a partnership with which could bear fruit for both parties involved.




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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.