Brad Keselowski Goes from Zero to Hero; Maybe

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Updated: October 19, 2014
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Sunday’s Sprint Cup race was probably the most anticipated since The Daytona 500. After the escapades from last week’s race in Charlotte (that shadowed Kevin Harvick’s win) many expected a target on Brad Keselowski‘s back. This was Talladega…this is the track where you need your friends more than anything to “dance” with so your car can use the air to bump draft to the front, and it’s also well known for infamous wrecks. The wrecks happened, however love him or hate him “Bad Brad” scooped up the win thus assuring him a spot in The Chase.

The Geico 500 had it’s victims, most notably six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and the Most Popular Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. looked like he was on a mission — and needed to be in order to escape elimination. Earnhardt Jr. fell victim to the “big one” that quickly dashed his hopes of winning a championship.

“We had a real good car most of the day,” Earnhardt said. “Got real loose, kind of shuffled out. … It’s just hard racing. That’s the way it goes at the end of these races. We weren’t in a good position.”

Team Hendrick driver Kasey Kahne also was eliminated due to Keselowski’s win (side note: Once again owner, Rick Hendrick was interviewed before a green white checkered. He wished his driver’s well by name…except Kahne).

This writer hopes and prays somehow Kahne can work a deal to end his tenure at HMS. The lack of respect is becoming too obvious. Why do I care? This is my first NASCAR season without my Dad. Kahne was one of his favorites. So Harvick, it’s up to you now in this household!

The irony of Brad’s win is this: He needed a friend to help him move up the front. Who was that “Friend’? None other than Matt Kenseth, who was Keselwoski’s fighting partner at the haulers last week in Charlotte. Keselowski seemed humbled by his win:

“I went through a lot of adversity, that makes this week a little more special,” Keselowski said. “There’s probably not many people happy that I won, and I can understand that. I’m not real proud of last week, but I’m proud of today. I feel really good about the next round. This (current round) was always the round that scared me the most. For me, surviving this bracket was the biggest hurdle other than Homestead itself.”

The Chase Standings as of right now.

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Photo Credit: (Brynn Anderson AP)

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