As the off-season is in full-swing, one would assume most drivers would be optimistic about the upcoming 2018 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season, but that’s not necessarily the case with at least one driver.
Brad Keselowski finished fourth in the point standings, after a season in which he had 15 top-5 finishes and three trips to victory lane. Not too shabby, right? But the driver has said he doesn’t see why 2018 will be any different for the No. 2 Team Penske Ford according to racer.com.
“At this point, don’t see any reason to believe that we won’t have a very similar 2018 to what we had in 2017,” Keselowski said. “Which was a good year, but not a great year.”
Of the three Team Penske drivers in the Cup Series, Keselowski was the only won to make the playoffs. Of the four cars in the Championship 4, two were Toyotas (Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch) and another Ford (Kevin Harvick) in addition to the No. 2 driven by Keselowski.
Keselowski made it known through social media and interviews, that he felt Toyota held a horsepower advantage. The only way for him to surpass Toyota in the upcoming season would be to resolve the speed issues that he talked about in 2017. With the new Chevy Camaro ZL1 believed to be better and the speedy Toyota Camry, something’s got to give for the No.2 Ford Fusion
Keselowski, the 2012 Cup Series champ, is one of the most competitive drivers in the sport. He had an average finish of 12.4 last season. But, Kes has never been one to beat around the bush, when it comes to pushing his team in an effort for better performance.
“Winning three races (2017) was very enjoyable, but we want to win another championship,” Keselowski said. “And we didn’t achieve that goal.”
Hopefully, Keselowski and Team Penske can get some things figured out. — at least enough to make Kes a little more optimistic about a season that hasn’t even started.