The top impending free agent in NASCAR is Brad Keselowski. The current Team Penske driver is in the final year of his contract with the organization and admits the two sides haven’t had much conversations about an extension.
His two teammates are already locked in for the future with Joey Logano already signed to remain in his No. 22 Ford for next season and behind and Ryan Blaney receiving an a multi year extension this past March.
But, Keselowski hasn’t even had an offer. That’s telling. He’s rumored to be moving over to Hendrick Motorsports to replace the retiring Jimmie Johnson. Why not stay at Penske though?
“Well, I know winning never hurts,” Keselowski said following his 31st career victory in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. “I wish I had more news, but I don’t. So, yeah, winning is not a bad thing. I hope to continue to compete at a very high level and be able to win races for a long time.
“Obviously I have a very good team right now. We’ve got a race win at a major on a team that’s really just starting to click together. This team has a lot of potential. My goodness, on pit road today, they were on fire. They put us in a spot to win.
Keselowski, 36, says it’s not up to him to remain with the team past 2020. That’s also telling.
“I hope that I get to take and make something of that for years to come. But it’s not all up to me,” Keselowski continued. “A lot of things have to come together, whether it’s sponsors or whatnot, management things. That hasn’t happened yet. I hope it does because this is my 30th win at the Cup level with Team Penske. That’s pretty special. I think I got another 30 left in me. I’d like to have the chance at that.”
The last two drivers to win on Memorial Day weekend for Penske received contract extensions. Will Power won the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and Simon Pagenaud last year. Both received contracts to remain in place. What’s about Keselowski?
“Yeah, I think that’s probably one of the biggest days for him,” Keselowski said I’d Memorial Day weekend for Penske. “Maybe here and Daytona. You know what, I hope everything goes well and we can figure all that out.”