Brad Keselowski Changes The Playoff Narrative

 during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series SouthPoint 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 16, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Brad Keselowski wins the SouthPoint 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Remember the “Big Three?” Brad Keselowski has wadded up that story line and thrown it in the trash can. No, we’re not forecasting a second championship for “Bad Brad,” but his recent success serves to remind us how quickly racing fortunes can change.

It’s all because of three wins in a row. That’s impressive enough. Check it out where he did it. Darlington, the “track too tough to tame.” Indianapolis Motor Speedway- the birthplace of auto racing. Las Vegas, a track nothing like the other two. You may argue many things about his personality or driving style, but you can’t argue the versatility of Brad Keselowski. That’s the stuff champions are made of.

It’s such a contrast to where he was just a little over a month ago. The journey of Brad Keselowski in 2018 seemed more like the Bataan Death March. He crashed out twice at Daytona. He crashed at Talladega. He had races at Texas and Pocono he’d rather forget. He’s finished worse than 30th six times!

Now, with three wins under his belt, the Michigander sits in third on the leaderboard behind Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch. He’s just 18 points off the lead.

In fact, Keselowski’s teammates are also looking better. Joey Logano is currently in fifth after finishing fourth at Las Vegas. Ryan Blaney sits in seventh after reeling in a fifth place finish. It’s been a fine year for Ford, and Penkse Racing is right there with Stewart-Haas Racing as the standard bearer for the Blue Oval.

Again, the recent fortunes of Brad Keselowski remind me of Tony Stewart’s last championship run. He’d had a pedestrian regular season run in 2011, before going on a tear. He came away with six victories during the Chase, tying Carl Edwards, and winning the tie breaker with the aforementioned wins.

Obviously, there’s plenty of racing left. Keselowski can fall as quickly as he has risen. What this does is remind us this is still anyone’s championship to win.