Brad Keselowski Racing Through the Pain, Making Gains
When Brad Keselowski broke his ankle while testing at Road Atlanta earlier this month, many wondered if he would even be able to race for the next week or two. Little did we know that Keselowski would not be hindered by his injury, but rather, he excelled through it.
In the first race following his injury, Keselowski muscled his way into Victory Lane at Pocono, quieting the naysayers. His comeback summer did not end there, however, as he would continue to stun us over the next four weeks.
As the teams rolled into Watkins Glen, people once again wondered how his ankle would fare, with the tricky right and left turns of the track. Once again, Keselowski blew all skeptics away with his remarkable second-place finish.
Not only is it astonishing that he would have that finish with a fractured ankle, but add on the fact that he isn't typically seen as a great road racer, and this feat seems even more amazing.
The Keselowski Express marched on at the following week at Michigan, where BK was able to finally take his foot brace off to race. This had the potential to be a magical race for him, as he was back at his home track and on the mend. While he did not find the winner's circle, he did finish in a very respectable third place.
Coming into Bristol this weekend, once again, some speculated on whether Brad Keselowski's injury could handle the intesne g-forces of World's Fastest Half Mile. However, on a late restart, the third-year Cup racer motored his way to the lead, and never looked back, finding himself once again in Victory Lane.
His adrenaline may have gotten the best of him however, when he climbed to the roof of his car and began hopping up and down, preceding to then jump from the roof to the ground.
Whatever has spurred this sudden breakthrough, I'm sure the No. 2 Miller Light Dodge Charger team will look to keep the momentum going, as they are now poised not only to make the Chase, but to break through and contend for the title itself.
Crew chief Paul Wolfe has communicated quite excellently with his driver, and that in itself has the entire Penske Championship Racing team feeling good vibrations during the dog days of summer.
Look out Jimmie Johnson, here comes the Blue Deuce.