Friday, August 21, 2009

Brad Keselowski driving Sprint Cup for Penske Racing for 2010

Without a vacancy in the Hendrick Motorsports until 2011 at the Sprint Cup, Brad Keselowski made what was certainly a difficult choice to leave the team related to jumpstarting his career. For 2010, Brad Keselowski will become a member of the Penske Racing stable. Moving from Chevrolet to Dodge, Keselowski will takeover the #12 car which currently has David Stremme at the helm.

Having won spring's Sprint Cup series event Aarons 499 at Talladega, Brad Keselowski pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the decade in NASCAR's premiere division. As 2009 counted as a rookie ran driving the majority of the schedule by alternating between Hendrick Motorsports and James Finch's Phoenix Racing team. As 2009 passes two-thirds distance, Keselowski's performance in the Cup series effectively backed up that outstanding Talladega victory. It also brought to reality that he would no longer be suited in focusing on the #88 Nationwide car that Dale Earnhardt Jr owns in cooperation with Rick Hendrick since 2008. Winning three Nationwide races also in 2009 and most recently taking the Michigan round, Brad Keslowski was a real asset to the Sprint Cup ladder series week after week.

Due to the four-car cap set by NASCAR preventing Hendrick Motorsports to add Keselowski in a full-time ride, the 25 year old driver Cup dreams with Chevrolet for 2010 was also impacted by Dale Earnhardt Jr's unwillingness to expand JR Motorsports into the Sprint Cup series.

The #12 Dodge Charger will continue to be sponsored by Verizon (through NASCAR's deal with Sprint/Nextel prevents the cell phone provider's name from being displayed on the track.

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