With all of Roger Penske's success in motorsports, it'd stand to reason that he'd have a NASCAR title on his resume already, right?
However, it's now a matter of when, and not if. And the when (and the win) may come Saturday at Texas. Brad Keselowski has a 485-point lead over Carl Edwards and needs a 21st-place finish to clinch the Nationwide Series title this weekend. (The owner's points battle is a different matter. Keselowski is locked in a tight battle with the No. 18 of Joe Gibbs Racing. Penske trails JGR by 71 points)
While he hasn't been as dominant as sometime-nemesis Kyle Busch has been -- Busch isn't running the full season -- Keselowski has racked up 26 top 10s in 32 races overall. He's been especially good in the four Nationwide COT races with two wins, a second and a fourth-place finish. (Imagine the reactions if there was a legitimate chance that the Sprint Cup Series title would be decided at Texas?)
Penske re-started his NASCAR ownership tenure in 1991 with Rusty Wallace driving, but never won a championship with Wallace, who won 37 races for Penske. Wallace's Cup title in 1989 came with Blue Max Racing. Penske won the 2008 Daytona when Ryan Newman got a push on the final lap from teammate Kurt Busch.
In open-wheel racing, Penske has won 15 Indianapolis 500s and 12 series championships. He won the 2000 and 2001 CART titles in the team's final year in the series and the 2006 IndyCar title with Sam Hornish Jr.
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