- 09/18/2012, 10:07AM ET
Outlaw... said 09/18, 10:07 AM
Your job is to argue he shouldn't be the favorite.
1. His crew chief- Paul Wolfe and Brad Keselowski is the best driver-crew-chief combo in NASCAR. They have been together since Brad's days in the Busch Series, and there isn't a better stategist in NASCAR than Wolfe, and no driver can get the gas milege that Brad Keselowski can. Wolfe's strategy and Brad's ability to save fuel has stole them a few wins, and stealing a win in the Chase is huge.
2. One week in, Brad has the lead- Doesn't really mean much, but Brad has the most momentum of any driver right now. Chicago last season was when everybody knew Tony Stewart was gonna be hard to stop. Same holds true for Brad K.
3. Equipment- While Roush, Gibbs and Childress have been inconsistent with their equipment this season, and hendrick has had some engine problems, Brad hasn't had a DNF all season.
4. Teammate- Sam Hornish Jr as a teammate is big for Brad. While the Hendrick drivers won't help eachother in the Chase, Hornish's team has helped Brad's find the right setup a few times this season.
Brad Keselowski should be favored to win the championship this season.
I.B. AWESOME said 09/24, 08:49 PM
Brad K. is a front runner, but there are equal talented drivers out there in the chase that have an a great chance at the coveted Chase ring.
Denny H. came on strong this last week. Told everyone that he was going to win, and he did.
Jeff G. had probably his last chance to get back in with a win and lost it.
Jimmy J. finished 2nd. He is a major factor. currently 1st, by 1 point.
Tony Stewart, won last year, currently in 4th! -10 points
Kasey Kahne: running hard and steady.
Way too early to calll anyone a winner with 8 races to go.
Outlaw... said 09/25, 08:28 AM
Hamlin is a strong contender, but this season he has widley been checkers or wreckers. He'll get some wins, but he's lacked the consistency to be considered the favorite to win it all. Dover is this weekend, and Dover hasn't been kind to Mr Hamlin.
Jeff Gordon has a huge hole to dig out of, it'll take 2 wins and no finishes worse than 12th to get back in this, and with the season he's having, it looks unlikely.
Kasey Kahne, well at least his teammates are contenders.
Stewart and Johnson I agree are strong contenders, and I think they will give Keselowski the biggest challenge this season, but in the end, I think we finally get a first time champion for the first time in a while.
The progress Brad has made in a driver in just one season is remarkable. Last season, he lacked consistency. This season, finishes of 20th or worse have been very few and far between, and with the strategy used by Wolfe, Brad has the ability to turn a 20th place car into a top 5 finish.
And the motivation to get Dodge and Roger Penske their first NASCAR championship(well first since the 70's for Dodge) is huge.
I.B. AWESOME said 09/27, 08:31 AM
I don't think you can give brad or anyone an edge this early in the chase.
I don't think we will be any closer to eliminating any drivers, (other then Gordon) until after Charlotte.
Don't get me wrong, I like Brad, but he has a tendency to put himself in uncomfortable places at times.
I also see Clint Bowyer doing very well this season.
Thats all I got for now Outlaw. Thanks
Outlaw... said 09/27, 02:46 PM
The purpose of this TD was to argue about which driver SHOULD be favored to win the Chase.
You have yet to pick your driver, and you only have one argument left. You could have picked Jimmie Johnson, and you probably would be winning due to people simply voting off of name recognition.
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