On Tuesday, October 2, 2012, Brad Keselowski made a big announcement. The announcement was that Keselowski would be reducing the number of Nationwide Series races he would be competing in so that he could concentrate on doing his best in the Sprint Cup Series. Though he still plans to compete at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway, he will be dropping at least two of his other scheduled races. The driver is currently the top contender in the Chase for the Cup. Though he only gets points for his Sprint Cup races, he has participated in a number of Nationwide races as well.
It was also announced that Ryan Blaney would be taking over for Keselowski in the race at Kansas Motor Speedway. Blaney is the son of Sprint Cup driver Dave Blaney. Ryan Blaney, who is only 18 years old, has only raced in a few Nationwide races. Out of nine races, he has finished five races in the top five. He has found even more success in the Camping World Truck Series. He managed to get a win out of just four races he competed in. He became the youngest driver to ever win a race in the series. He seems to have a bright future ahead of him in the NASCAR organization and his father is fully supporting his efforts. Dave Blaney was on hand to see his son get his first major NASCAR victory and met him in Victory Lane after the race.
I think this is great actually. I have never been a fan of Sprint Cup drivers racing in many of the Nationwide events and this will give a talented young driver an additional chance to show what he can do. If only all of the Sprint Cup drivers would limit their schedules in the Nationwide Series, then the other drivers would have a chance to prove how good they are. Plus, it might make the championship competition even better. Keselowski is a top contender at this point in the Chase for the Cup and it would be foolish for him to not focus his energy on the main series.
Kristin Watt has been a NASCAR Winston Cup, now Sprint Cup, fan for as long as she can remember starting way back when she was a little girl and her mother would sit on the couch with her every Sunday during the season to watch the races. Back then, they were fans of Bill Elliott and newcomer Davey Allison.
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