Crunching The Numbers: Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski – #2 Team Penske Miller Lite Ford

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Standings: 7th

Points: 1,217

Bonus Points: 31

  • 17.22% of total possible bonus points

Starts: 36
Wins: 1
Poles: 3
DNFs: 1
Top 5s: 9
Top 10s: 25
Top 15s: 27

BK1

Best Finish: 1st (Race 5: Auto Club 400 – Fontana)

Best Start: 1st – 3 Times

  • Race 25: Bojangle’s Southern 500 – Darlington
  • Race 31: Hollywood Casino 400 – Kansas
  • Race 34: AAA Texas 500 – Texas

Average Finish: 11.06 (4th best)

Average Start: 10 (5th best)

 

Laps Run: 10,347 (2nd most)

  • 99.25% of total possible season laps

Miles Driven: 13,692 (2nd most)

  • 99.06% of total possible miles

Laps Led: 1,184 (3rd most)

  • 11.36% of total possible season laps

 

Brad Keselowski's Finishes

Brad Keselowski’s Finishes

"Oh hell no!"

“Oh hell no!”

While 2014 brought 6 wins for Brad Keselowski, this season only brought him a single victory; but that victory was enough to land him into the Chase. While his teammate Joey Logano seemed to be having a better season, Keselowski sure did a lot of great things during the season. While Keselowski may have only had the 5th best average start, that does not shine any light on how fast he really was in qualifying. Along with his 3 poles, he started on the front row a total of 4 times, top 5 11 times, and top 10 22 times. His average finish being 4th best puts him about where his season was, behind that of his teammate and Kevin Harvick, who had the best seasons. While the season got off to a slugish start in the Daytona 500, where he had his only DNF of the season (engine), he wasted no time in making up that precious ground lost. Keselowski’s first, and only, victory came when the series went out west for their West Coast Swing. Though he only led a single lap during that race, it was the lap that meant the most importance; the last one. His season may have ping-ponged around a bit, but he was still making the finishes count to prove he was a title contender. His average regular season finish was 11.31. With his Intermediate program a series best of 6.29 (0 DNF finishes and 100% finish in the top 15), Keselowski sure was a force to be reckoned with one the Chase got under way.

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The Challenger Round of the Chase may not have been one of the best, but it was good enough to send him off to the Contender Round with an average finish of 12. The Contender Round was a bit better for Keselowski, averaging a finish of 7.33 and keeping him title hopes for Championship #2 alive. Next up for Keselowski was the Eliminator Round; await was Martinsville. Keselowski’s short track program is not his best, not his worst, but I am sure he would like to improve on his skills. Martinsville kept everyone on their toes, and a late race accident caused a finish, where he lead 143 laps, to go from a solid finish to a 32nd place finish, and a big hole to dig himself out of the next 2 weeks. Texas, where Keselowski was the dominate car, was his race to capitalize on. Leading the most laps and showing his muscle the entire race, it was all but certain that Keselowski would be shooting some 6-shooters in victory lane and heading off the Homestead; but those dreams faded in the last few laps when he was passed for the win and ended up finishing in 2nd place, and still on the outside looking in. Phoenix remained and Keselowski had a pretty solid car, but rain shortened the race and thus ending his chances for earning another championship. Keselowski finished the Chase with an average finish of 10.4, 3 top 5s and and 7 top 10s. Look for Keselowski to be pretty dominate on Intermediate tracks (again) in 2016 as well as Super Speedways; also look for Keselowski to rack up some more poles and fantastic starting positions.

Brad Keselowski's Finishes By Track Type

Brad Keselowski’s Finishes By Track Type

 

Type Starts Avg. Finish Avg. Start Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 15s DNF
Intermediate 14 6.29 5.57 0 5 13 14 0
Restrictor Plate 4 24.00 24.25 0 1 1 1 1
Road Course 2 13.00 10.50 0 0 1 1 0
Short Track 10 14.30 9.20 0 1 5 6 0
Super Speedway 6 7.50 12.00 1 2 5 5 0

 

With another great season wrapped up for Keseloswki, we can continue to look for great things from this driver in 2016; more wins and abundance of poles and front row starts just to name a few. Congratulations to Brad Keselowski on a successful 2015 campaign!

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  1. jeremyvory@gmail.com'

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    May 21, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Brad Keselowski will continue to celebrate with the United States flag when he wins a race, but he says his team has come up with something to keep him from dropping it, as happened at Las Vegas.

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    May 29, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Should doctors have the ultimate decision on when a driver is fit to race? Brad Keselowski is no fan of it. Will Power is just the latest sidelined by it. But is there really a better way?

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