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The Monday Cooldown: Inside Penske’s Hot Start



It’s no secret Team Penske’s drivers are known for consistency and winning throughout the years. But, the start of the 2017 season is a thriving one for the Captain’s team. Today, we’ll go in depth on both the 2 and 22 Penske teams, along with the 21 Wood Brothers team.

Brad Keselowski has always used the first half of the season to get off to fast starts. But, this season has been historic for him so far. Take away the Daytona 500 DNF, he hasn’t finished outside the top 5 yet when running at the finish through 6 races. Brad has achieved the earliest he has scored two wins in a season since joining Penske in 2010. Lastly, Brad finally won at Martinsville for the first time after good runs in both races the season prior.

Joey Logano has been a driver in recent years who thrives off of consistency. The start of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR CUP Series season has been no different. He has finished no worse than 6th if one doesn’t include the Phoenix DNF. Joey bounced back from being involved in the big one at the 500 to finish 6th. Also, they came back from 2 laps down to finish 4th this past weekend at Martinsville. Overall, the 22 team hasn’t won yet, but they are lurking.

Lastly, Ryan Blaney’s second full year in Penske equipment has been his best one yet. Although, the team he races for is the Wood Brothers, it’s still a ex facto Penske car and driver. But, it doesn’t change the fact the sophomore has caused a sensation. His runner up finish at the Daytona 500 was the team’s best result since winning it in 2011. He has also matched that with 2 top ten finishes and running up front on a regular basis. Credit is where it’s due for a team that grinds for their best results.

Overall, Team Penske is off to one of it’s best starts in recent memory. From winning twice to start off a season, to having a young driver find his way. This team is constantly proving itself as one of the strongest in NASCAR. Watch out, NASCAR’s next champion could come for either one of their three drivers.