Winless NASCAR champions: No. 3 – Brad Keselowski
Speaking of Team Penske, Brad Keselowski’s 12-year run with the team didn’t end in the most ideal way last season. He earned his final win with Roger Penske’s organization all the way back in April 2021 at Talladega Superspeedway.
In 37 races since then, Talladega Superspeedway has produced his top finish: a runner-up finish last October. And in the first 11 races of 2022, Keselowski has just one top 10 finish: a ninth place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500 .
After the 2021 season, Austin Cindric replaced Keselowski behind the wheel of the #2 Ford, and Keselowski moved to Roush Fenway Racing, joining the team as not only a driver but a co-owner. He replaced Ryan Newman behind the wheel of the #6 Ford, and the team changed their name to RFK Racing upon his arrival.
While Team Penske have struggled in 2022, RFK Racing have struggled even more, and Keselowski’s 100-point penalty basically puts him in a must-win situation to qualify for the playoffs, something he has done in each of the last eight seasons.
But in addition to his playoff streak, could his 11-year win streak end, just like Kevin Harvick’s did last year?
Keselowski’s 37-race win drought is his longest since the 37-race win drought he endured between his win at Dover Motor Speedway in September 2012 and his win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October 2013. While he went on to win the 2012 championship, he missed the 2013 playoffs.
His current win drought is only one race away from becoming his longest win drought since the 60-race win drought he endured between his first career win at Talladega Superspeedway for Phoenix Racing in April 2009 and his first win for Penske’s team at Kansas Speedway in June 2011.
Which of these three former champions will be the next to find victory lane? Will any of them do so in the remaining 25 races of the 2022 season?