When Brad Keselowski decided to leave Team Penske and become a co-owner and driver for the newly named Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing team this season, the 2012 Cup Series champion made no bones about his belief that it wouldn’t be easy turning the two-time Cup championship-winning team into a consistent frontrunner after several years of struggling to compete with the sport’s premier organizations. “I know I have a lot of work in front of me,” Keselowski said when announcing his plans. “It’s gonna be tough. This team has won a lot of races, championships, and we have room to grow and to get better. I’m no doubt committed to doing just that and recognize the challenge that’s ahead, so that challenge — I know it’s gonna be tough.”
Keselowski probably didn’t think it would be this tough, however. Heading into Sunday’s event at World Wide Technology Raceway, the RFKR co-owner/driver has just one top-10 finish in the season’s 14 races — and that was a ninth-place finish in the season opener at Daytona. Since then, Keselowski and his No. 6 team have finished no better than 11th. The past five races have been particularly rough for Keselowski, as he’s recorded two DNFs and finished 20th or worse four times. “We just can’t seem to catch a break,” he said after his involvement in an accident not of his own making eliminated him from this past Sunday’s race at Charlotte, where he finished 30th.
It’s nearly impossible now for Keselowski — who sits 30th in the standings — to make the playoffs on the basis of points. So a win is almost certainly his only potential ticket in. But at some point, it seems like the tide has to turn for Keselowski, so maybe — just maybe — it will happen Sunday at WWTR, where he won an Xfinity Series race in 2010.