NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP 4: Brad Keselowski
Alt_Driver's Cole Frederick is making the case for each of the Championship 4 to win the title on Sunday. Here's why Brad Keselowski will win his second career title on Sunday.
It doesn't feel like Brad Keselowski has received the same amount of attention as his competition entering Sunday's championship race at Homestead, and that might be because of how he made it into the Championship 4. He didn't win a race in the Round of 8, and he actually finished 16th at Phoenix last week. Denny Hamlin hit the wall and failed to finish, and Kes snuck into the final four.
Keselowski is in the final four because of his steady performances throughout the year. He has three wins this season -- including one in the postseason -- and he has 20 top-10 finishes. He doesn't have the most wins, but it feels like he's lingering and in every single race.
In 2012, Keselowski won his first championship, and he did so despite finishing 15th at Homestead. This is actually his first appearance in the newly formatted Championship 4, and while he's never won in Miami, his consistency and patience could pay off in a major way on Sunday.
If Keselowski does win his second title, he'll become the 16th driver to win multiple Cup Series championships. He would join Jimmie Johnson as the only active driver with multiple titles.
He has an average finish of 8.2 this postseason, which only trails Martin Truex Jr. (4.7) among the Championship 4.
Having a championship already takes some of the pressure off of Kes heading into the race, and not many would consider him the favorite this year either. Keselowski is flying under the radar compared to his competitors, but no one should take the No. 2 lightly on Sunday afternoon.
We've seen Brad Keselowski leave Homestead with a championship in the past, and it wouldn't be surprising at all to see him win his second title this weekend.