I like Brad K. The first NASCAR race I watched was that 2009 Talledega race, Brad's first win and the start of the Edwards-Keselowski saga.
Now at that time, I knew nothing about NASCAR rules, regulations or teams, but I know talent when I see it, and it was at that point I became a Brad K fan for life, and I for one am excited about the prospect of him becoming Sprint Cup champion. He's been increasingly consistent over the past few months, but he has a few things going against him.
Firstly, only one person has ever won the Nationwide/Busch championship and gone on to win the Cup series. That was Bobby Labonte and look where he is now, and look how many people have come close to Sprint Cup glory after Nationwide success: Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Dale Jr, it seems like more of a curse than a blessing.
Secondly, Penske have only ever won one Chase race, and that was two years ago at Texas, and even then Kurt Busch finished fourth in the standings. Once could say that Penske haven't really got the Chase figured out, but then again, who apart from Jimmie Johnson has got the Chase figured out? All I can say is that a Penske driver really needs to step up if they are to beat the 48.
On a separate note, I am probably going to regret this, but I wish to bring up Danica Patrick again. Now the last time I did this, I had a comments page longer than my arm, but hear me out.
There are two ways Danica could go. She could either go Tony Stewart or Juan Montoya's way, and be one of the best open-wheel exports stock car racing has seen, or she could go the way of Dario Franchitti, Sam Hornish Jr, Casey Mears, Michael McDowell, Milka Duno, Scott Speed, the list goes on. And these statistics speak for themselves.
But it's too early to tell. With either driver its gonna be one way or the other. We will see how things play out.
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