“I Couldn’t Say No” – Brad Keselowski on Becoming Roush Fenway Racing Owner

Published 07/23/2021, 6:20 AM EDT
Mar 14, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) leads the way during the NASCAR Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Over the past couple of weeks, the big news in the NASCAR paddock has been Brad Keselowski. As it turns out, the 2012 Cup Series champion is officially the new Roush Fenway Racing team owner. To be precise, Keselowski is the driver-owner of the Cup Series outfit.

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Speaking to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, he said, “I knew the opportunity would come at some point. I wanted to be in position for it. Wasn’t committed to it until now. Wanted to see through the opportunities I had, but this opportunity came up. It was so strong I couldn’t say no.”

Keselowski also declared that his intentions will be to try and gun for wins. Although the Roush Fenway Racing car has gone through a bit of a win drought, Brad Keselowski is a vastly experienced driver. Without a doubt, he will be using his experience to try and propel the team to the front.

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What next for Brad Keselowski?

Taking Keselowski’s place is Austin Cindric, who probably did not expect the move. As it turns out, he was initially destined for a seat at Wood Brothers Racing in the #21 car.

This would have displaced Matt DiBenedetto from the team, but Keselowski’s Penske departure altered things dramatically.

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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

Admittedly, DiBenedetto is still out of a seat, because Wood Brothers recruited Harrison Burton. Another driver who is out of a seat is Ryan Newman, as Keselowski is taking his #6 seat.

For the moment, none of the drivers will let the 2022 talks distract them. They all know that the current season is still ongoing and there are playoff seats to grab.

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Brad Keselowski already booked his place with a win at Talladega. However, the likes of DiBenedetto and Newman are still on the hunt. At the moment, there are three spots remaining with four races to go, so the competition will be fierce.

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