NASCAR: 3 most disappointing teams of 2022

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Chris Buescher, Brad Keselowski, RFK Racing, NASCAR
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Most disappointing teams of 2022: No. 3 – RFK Racing

RFK Racing’s season hasn’t been a complete disaster, but it certainly hasn’t been as smooth as they would have liked it to be following the arrival of Brad Keselowski as not only the driver of the #6 Ford but as a team co-owner.

It started off strong for the team, with Keselowski and teammate Chris Buescher each winning their respective Daytona 500 qualifying race. Keselowski even led the most laps in the Daytona 500, and following the race, he was tied for the points lead with Austin Cindric, the driver who replaced him at Team Penske.

Since then, the bright spots have been few and far between. Even without the 100-point penalty he was issued because of the violation discovered during teardown inspection at the NASCAR R&D Center following the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Keselowski would only sit in 24th place in the point standings.

Keep in mind, he entered the year riding an 11-year win streak and an eight-year playoff streak.

Buescher, who missed a race due to COVID-19 protocols, sits in 22nd place. He does have five top 10 finishes compared to Keselowski’s two, including a second place finish at Sonoma Raceway, but he is nearly 150 points and more than a dozen spots below where the playoff cut line currently sits on points.

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Growing pains were expected, but RFK Racing would have liked to be far more competitive in 2022 than they have been. A first playoff berth since 2019 is probably a pipe dream.