Logano, Keselowski On Championship Fast Track
Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are made for each other.
Young. Talented. Headstrong. And right now, absolute championship favorites.
With his second victory of the season – this time at Richmond – Logano is guaranteed to be one of the 16 drivers to make the Chase Grid, provided he remains in the top 30 in points after race No. 26 and attempts to qualify for every race.
Keselowski won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and is all but assured a spot in the Chase – presuming there aren’t more winners than Chase spots, an unlikelihood.
And they each have a hard-nosed edge, one that adds a juicy dimension to their persona. That edge was on display at Richmond, as Keselowski and Matt Kenseth exchanged paint on track, and words off it.
All of it rounds out a story that could end with a 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Both are most likely in the Chase, and both have seen success on 1.5-mile tracks – which make up five of the 10 Chase tracks.
Up next is Talladega (which also hosts a Chase race). Keselowski nabbed his first career series win there in 2009 while with Phoenix Racing, and won again in 2012 with Penske. Logano has struggled there of late, finishing outside the top 20 in four of the last five races there.