Brad Keselowski sits 20 points ahead of Jimmie Johnson as the Sprint Cup Series heads into the final weekend of the year at Homestead. Keselowski will clinch the 2012 Sprint Cup championship with a 15th-place or better finish this weekend at Homestead. If he leads one lap to get a bonus point, he can finish 16th and still win the title. By leading the most laps and earning that second bonus point, Keselowski can cross the finish line in the 17th position and still secure Penske Racing’s first Cup Series championship. It’s interesting to note that Keselowski has finished outside the top 15 in only six races this season. The Blue Deuce as finished in the top ten an astounding 23 times.
“When I first came to Penske Racing, I viewed it as an organization with so much potential. I had a vision for what I knew this place could become, and I shared that with Mr. Penske in our first meeting together. And as he began to give (crew chief) Paul (Wolfe) and I the things that we needed, we began to show results on the racetrack which, in turn, led to a lot of trust among myself, Mr. Penske, Paul and everyone else at Penske Racing. So having a legitimate shot to win the championship this weekend is something that I take great pride in because I know we got there together. Everything about this team is first-class, from our owner to our facility to our sponsor, Miller Lite. We have everything we need to be a championship contender for years to come and it’s exciting to be a part of that.” points leader Keselowsi said recently.
“I came to Penske Racing three years ago because Brad Keselowski is the kind of driver that any crew chief would want to work with." Paul Wolfe added. "He works as hard – and prepares as hard – as any driver I’ve been around. You want a driver that is going to give you everything he has and that’s what Brad does every week. I pride myself on having the same approach to my job, so I knew we could be successful together. Now we are one race away from doing something that no team has been able to do and that is give Roger Penske the Cup championship he deserves. We are planning on doing the same things at Homestead this weekend that got us to this point. Being cautious and ‘laying up’ is a good way to get into trouble. We are an aggressive team, and while we have the big picture in mind, we are going to do what we do.”