Iconic Veteran Goes Against the Emotional Norm as He Makes an Unusual Recruit Ahead of New Hampshire

Published 07/17/2023, 8:47 AM EDT

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The old saying “Blood is thicker than water” stands true in every aspect of life. Even in the world of NASCAR, where there have been numerous instances reinforcing the adage. The history of NASCAR is replete with instances where brothers have fought tooth-and-nail with each other in order to assert their dominance of tracks. 

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Nevertheless, these family members are the biggest supporter of each other and are often seen to step in when the other is in need. While it is surely commendable, often times this practice often irks the fans. And it seems that a veteran Cup Series driver is set to break one such norm and go against the popular opinions in the Crayon 301 race in New Hampshire

The Cup Series champion breaks the norm as he recruits his brother as a crew member

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More often than not, there have been occurrences when rivalries took center stage and high ambitions became overpowering in the minds of the drivers. This was evident when Kyle Busch disclosed that he had not talked to his elder brother Kurt, due to an on-track incident and it was their grandmother who had intervened and break the ice.

Nevertheless, it seems that RFK Racing’s co-owner Brad Keselowski is set to make an exception as he is set to employ his brother Brian Keselowski as the spotter for the race in New Hampshire. The notion of a family member spotting for the driver has always been disparaged by NASCAR enthusiasts as it interferes with the professional side of the sport. When asked about recruiting his brother Brian as the spotter, Brad Keselowski expressed to Frontstretch media, “Oh, he has good reps, and knows what he means when he says things. Not a full-time gig, but maybe to make TJ [Majors] feel better because he knows that I’ll never have my brother full-time.”

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“I trust my brother, I know he has experience. know what he knows and knows what I want as well. Happy to have him here and glad to have him feeling again.”

This won’t be the first time that Brian Keselowski would be playing the role of a spotter for his brother. He had filled in for TJ Majors back at the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 

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Brad Keselowski affirms his optimistic side as the season heads toward the Playoffs

As the race towards the Playoffs gears up, the RFK Racing driver is still hopeful for a victory and he believes that he would be able to fetch one at New Hampshire, with his brother as the spotter. Brian Keselowski has had experiences in the world of stock car racing, both as a driver and also as a mechanic. 

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Nevertheless, the 2012 Cup Series champion is still eluded from a victory in the ongoing season. He has scored three top 5 finishes and seven top 10 finishes and currently sits 12th in points standings. It is only a victory that can put an end to all the uncertainties and repeat his 2020 feat on the Magic Mile. 

Even the media personnel were curious about the fact, of where the team stands when it came to entering the post-season. To this, Keselowski added, “Put both cars into the playoffs for RFK would be a big moment for us. The company hasn’t done that for over 10 years. Chris Beuscher’s made the playoffs once and, of course, I missed it last year and I want to get back in the playoffs.”

While the other Ford drivers from Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing have fared comparatively better, the RFK Racing drivers still limp behind on the track. Owing to the desperate state of the team, Keselowski added, “I think that would be, you know, a big chip off of our shoulders, so to speak, but we have to be really careful to not let that be the bar. The bar for me is much higher than just putting both cars in the class.”

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With already two victories in the Magic Mile, Bad Keselowski will try to recreate the same feat and earn his first victory of the season. While the rain acts as the only hurdle for the drivers, Keselowski is optimistic that he would be able to turn the tides of his team.

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Ayantika Maitra

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Ayantika Maitra is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. It was initially Formula 1 that made her fall in love with the world of motorsports. But quickly, the raw and unfiltered nature of NASCAR is what led her to build an affinity for the Stock Car Racing Series.
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Ranvijay Singh

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