Brad Keselowski Wins at New Hampshire and Extends Contract With Team Penske

Brad Keselowski Wins at New Hampshire and Extends Contract With Team Penske

  • Brad Keselowski
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Kevin Harvick
  • NASCAR Cup Series
  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway
By Nick Starling August 3, 2020 0 Comment
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Statement Win For Keselowski at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Most of the talk when it comes to the 2020 NASCAR season has been about Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin in a two-driver race for the championship. Rightfully so, since the two drivers have a combined total of 9 wins out of the 20 races to take place so far. The no.2 Team Penske team went into the race on Sunday with two wins already. However, the team was hungry to make a statement to prove they are ready to fight for the championship. Brad Keselowski led a race-best 184 of the 301 laps around the “Magic Mile”. Holding off runner-up Hamlin by 1.647-seconds. The win marked 33 career cup wins for Keselowski and proves that his team is ready to fight with Harvick and Hamlin as we get closer to the playoffs.

What The Contract Extension Means Going Forward

It’s that time of year again. Around the middle of every NASCAR season everyone starts speculating where drivers may be headed for the next season. One of the biggest speculations was whether Brad Keselowski would move on from the no.2 Team Penske team. Or move on to the highly prestigious no.48 Hendrick Motorsports team. This campaign will mark Jimmie Johnson’s last. Consequently, Keselowski’s contract extension now shuts the door on one of the biggest candidates for the no.48 ride in 2021.

In past years, it takes a move like this to really get the ball rolling. Other drivers will now be looking to secure their rides for the next season. Most in the NASCAR industry believe that Rick Hendrick is moving on, with the mindset of fielding four cars for his team next season. Therefore, it will be drivers like Tyler Reddick, Bubba Wallace, Corey Lajoie, and others who will now be the talk around the sport looking to maybe make a move from their current team. If history has taught us anything in this sport, it’s that drivers switching teams is like a domino effect and can all change in one day.

The NASCAR Cup Series will be heading to Michigan International Speedway this weekend for a Cup Series doubleheader event. Both Saturday (4 p.m. ET) and Sunday’s (4:30 p.m. ET) races can be viewed live on NBCSN.

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