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Keselowski Going For Two at Homestead

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This weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series comes to a close. All eyes this weekend will be on the 4 drivers who make up the Playoff’s Round of 4. This year’s final 4 is possibly the strongest one since the elimination format was introduced in 2014. There are 3 former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champions who make up the final 4. All of which have won a championship in the prior five years. One of the three champions this final 4 contains is 2012 Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski. Keselowski looks for his second championship on Sunday as the perfect way to end his season.

Keselowski began his 2017 season strong with 2 wins and 5 top fives in the first 6 races. The wins took place at Atlanta and Martinsville. After coming out of the gate strong, it seemed as if Keselowski and the 2 team would be championship favorites. However, starting at the Coca-Cola 600, his season took a turn for the worse. In four of the next seven races, Keselowski would DNF. The two team still hasn’t fully recovered from their slump either. It took until the 31st race of the season at Talladega for Keselowski to tally his third win. Now it was a timely win as it advanced him into the Playoff’s Round of 8.

Advancing to this year’s final round wasn’t completely in his hands either. Entering the final 50 laps at Phoenix last Sunday Keselowski was on the outside of the playoffs cutoff line. But with a little help from a feud between Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott, Keselowski now finds himself in Homestead with a chance at a second championship.

While Keselowski looks for his second championship he will certainly have his work cut out for him on Sunday. Homestead has been a track that Keselowski has struggled to get good results at despite good effort. His best finish at the track is a third which he has done twice (2014 and 2015). However, other than these two results, he has just two more finishes in the top 15 in his seven other starts at the track. Keselowski has an average finish of 15.89 at Homestead, which is less than stellar.

While for the most part, nothing in NASCAR is a guarantee, I can give you one. It is going to take better than 15th if Keselowski expects to capture his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship on Sunday.