Brad Keselowski heads to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on a streak of his own. Keselowski has scored a top 11 finish in all but two races since NASCARS return to action on May 17. Furthermore, he has a top 10 result in 14 of the 19 races run this year including a runner-up last Thursday in Kansas.
That is why Keselowski says he’s having silently one of the best years of his career.
Despite that, he has no contract in place yet for 2021. That’s right, a two-time winner this year, a series champion and the all time wins leader at Team Penske doesn’t have an offer yet to return to the storied organization. It’s almost August.
Ryan Blaney got a multi year deal back before the COVID-19 break. Joey Logano has multiple years left on his contract. Keselowski, still doesn’t know what he’s going to do next season.
“It’s a work in progress,” Keselowski said at Kansas. “The good thing is there’s progress. But nothing is done until it’s done, so … I feel very hopeful.”
Keselowski likes to think that he can compete for a championship this season with the likes of Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick. The only thing is, the unknown element of the wildcard races in the playoffs.
“It’s always so hard to say,” said Keselowski. “You look at the way the playoffs are, a lot of wild card races in there with the Roval. Roval is in there, Bristol is in there. I sure would be glad if we were one of them, I can tell you that. … I’m very, very happy. Hopeful we can get up another notch so we can dominate and showcase ourselves as the Ford to beat.”
Keselowski would love nothing more than to be the Ford to beat heading into the playoffs, but with two wins under his belt this year, this month of August will be a stretch of races that he says they can just have fun at.
“I mean, you got two races that are fun but really don’t mean anything at Daytona with the road course and the plate race,” Keselowski said. “You got two races at Michigan, which are a big deal to me because I’m from Michigan. Total honesty, they don’t mean much to the playoffs.
“I think you look at the stretch of races right here, they’re mostly just kind of fun races. There’s somewhat lower pressure, chance to kind of work on yourself and the team. There’s not a lot that’s going to carry over to the playoffs.”
First up is Sunday in New Hampshire. While Keselowski hasn’t won at NHMS since 2014, he does have 11 top 10 finishes in his last 15 tries there. In his last four results, he may only have one top five (2018) but he does have three top 10’s too.