With a little help from Matt Kenseth’s win at Phoenix, Brad Keselowski is hoping to capture his second championship in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series.
He won the title back in 2012, then the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and is headed for his first trip to the Championship 4 since the inception of the new format.
His 16th place finish was his worst in the Round of 8, but fortunately for him it didn’t matter. He had to fight some issues with his car just to cross the finish line as it began to overheat, according to racer.com.
“Just feel glad to make it through today and have a shot next week,” said Keselowski. “You never know how these things are going to play out.
“Certainly, (it) would be a stretch by any means by how we ran today to say we’re the favorite, but we are glad to be there, and you never know how those races are going to shake out,” he said “On to next week.”
Crew chief of the No. 2 car, Paul Wolfe, said making it through Phoenix was due to good karma.
“I’m a big subscriber that it takes speed, execution and luck to win, and I think we probably had some really solid execution last week in Texas, great speed at Martinsville and luck today,” Wolfe said. “If you put all three of them together on any given day, you can win, and we haven’t done that in this round, but we had one of each in all three races, and that put us in position to be here.”
“The karma word sure does seem to get thrown around a lot, and I’m not sure what the hell it means, but the reality is that this year we made it through this round, and I’m thankful for that and hopeful that we can make it count next weekend,” he said.
If it hadn’t been for Kenseth blowing past Elliott with 10 laps to go, Elliott would’ve most likely captured the final spot at Homestead.
“This is such an aero track, I didn’t think anybody would be able to run him down,” said Keselowski. “Chase was pretty fast, and the track itself was kind of one groove.”
“I thought quite honestly that the race was over and that Chase was going to win. I still don’t know what happened that Matt passed him,” he said. “I was pretty busy with my own race, but I kind of thought it was over and that the 24 was going to win.”
The past few weeks have been far from boring, in-fact it’s made for some rather exciting racing. There’s no reason that shouldn’t continue into Homestead this weeekend.