Can Brad Keselowski Replicate His Richmond and New Hampshire Supremacy at Phoenix to Win the NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Title?

November 7, 2020 5:30 pm

Brad Keselowski is the third protagonist in the NASCAR 2020 Cup Series championship. He finished 4th in Martinsville to secure his slot in the final 4, along with Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin. Along with Joey Logano, he is the only other person to win a Cup Series title, which came in 2012.

In the 2020 season, Keselowski boasts of 4 wins, at Charlotte, Bristol, New Hampshire, and Richmond. It is worth noting that New Hampshire and Richmond have similar layouts to Phoenix. In light of this, it wouldn’t be too farfetched to suggest that Keselowski is in with a shout.

He went on to dominate at New Hampshire and Richmond. It is safe to say that he will be eager for a hat-trick of wins. Also working in his favor is the fact that his title-winning 2012 season closely mirrors the current 2020 season.

Brad Keselowski: His 2020 season so far

Keselowski has put in a respectable performance in the 2020 season. Along with his 4 wins, he has notched up 19 top-10 finishes. Aside from a few hiccups at Daytona, Michigan, and the Bristol playoff race, he has not finished lower than 19th.

Coming to his track record at Phoenix, he has never won there, but there is always a first time for everything. Back in March, he was in a prime position after leading 82 laps, until he let it slip through his fingers. However, he will be eager to prove that it will not happen again.

Oct 11, 2020; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) leads Chase Elliott (9) during the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Keselowski is an excellent driver and he has proven it on multiple occasions. As a Cup Series champion himself, he knows not to let the pressure get to him. On the other end of the scale, the likes of Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott are not to be underestimated.

Hamlin will likely be the most dangerous target, as he has the most wins out of the four of them. Additionally, there is a chance that a non-Championship 4 driver could spoil the party. In the event of that happening, the contingency plan will be to finish ahead of the other three drivers.

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Dhruv George

Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino. He has been an ardent follower of motorsports sport since 2001, holding Carlos Sainz Jr. and McLaren in high regard.

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