Does Brad Keselowski Equal Genius?
If he is not one of the smartest racers around, you have to say he is the most savvy. Brad Keselowski, if you don't know, drives in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing Series and is leading the point standings with nine races to go in the season.
His mental prowess was on full display yesterday as he and his team celebrated in victory lane at Chicagoland Speedway this past Sunday. When asked by Pit Reporter Dr. Jerry Punch if he held something back prior to the final pit stop to overtake Jimmie Johnson (a 5-time series champion) to take the win, Keselowski coyly said something to effect of, "I don't know. We just took off there at the end and maybe Jimmie just fell off a bit." Friend, BK is doling out a line of BS.
In a world where if getting a win meant running over your mother is accepted and even expected, secrets are golden. Witness earlier this season at Talledega Superspeedway. It has become normal that being in the lead on the last lap has become a liability. BK fashioned a move that negated the advantage held by the second place car (Kyle Busch) and the Miller Lite Dodge chugged to the win. BK revealed his method that day because he knew that others could watch the replay and discover how he did it. Rest assured if he is in that position again, he's got more tricks up his sleeve.
The difference between the cars on the track is not very large. That means the sizeable gains are made in the pits and in between the driver's ears. BK wins round one. Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and the rest of the chasers have to come out swinging in New Hampshire for round two.