The time has passed to ask whether or not Brad Keselowski is legitimate. That answer is overwhelmingly, yes.
Now it's time to ask another question: Is he going to be one of the likely handful of drivers with a mathematical chance at a championship at Homestead?
As of now, the answer to that is in the yes column, too. Keselowski's third-place finish in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 cut his deficit to points leader Carl Edwards down to 11 points, and he's fourth in the standings, ahead of drivers like Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart.
"Another solid day for us thus far," Keselowski said. "Makes you kick yourself that last week at Dover we had troubles we did because we've had top-5 cars each and every week, we're executing very well as a group and as a team. Just the things that we can control we're doing very well."
That trouble at Dover was when the team had a problem with the power steering, leading to a 20th-place finish. But before that, Keselowski was fifth at Chicago and second at Loudon.
"You know, last year we weren't a good team," Keselowski said. "We were always our worst at the end, and that's not what it takes. And I don't know why that was, but that's just the way it kind of works out sometimes. This year it seems like as a group we're just clicking. It really hurts after last week because I felt like this is the only week we've had that was a bad finish, and something happened that was outside of their control."
Clicking enough to continue to stay at the top of the standings? Right now, they're as good a bet as any.