NASCAR: 5 most disappointing Cup drivers of 2022

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Most disappointing NASCAR drivers in 2022: No. 5 – Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski’s first season with RFK Racing, the team that had been known as Roush Fenway Racing prior to his arrival as not only a driver but a co-owner, has been one to forget.

It started off strong, with Keselowski and teammate Chris Buescher each winning a Daytona 500 Duel qualifying race. Keselowski even led the most laps in the Daytona 500, and despite not winning the race, he was tied for the points lead by the time the race ended.

Since then, he has just one top 10 finish, a 10th place finish at Sonoma Raceway, and he was penalized 100 points for a violation found during teardown inspection at the NASCAR R&D Center following the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March.

He sits in 30th place in the point standings, though without the penalty, he wouldn’t be much higher (24th) and would still be more than a dozen positions below the playoff points cut line.

Still, because he did get himself back into the top 30 in the standings, an upset win, one which would make the 2022 season his 12th consecutive winning season, could salvage his season and get him to the postseason, giving the team their first postseason berth since Ryan Newman took the #6 team to the playoffs back in 2019.

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Keselowski hasn’t failed to qualify for the playoffs since the 2013 season.