Brad Keselowski moved through last offseason without significant interest in free agency. Keselowski elected to return to Team Penske for another season. However, the longtime NASCAR driver may already have decided where he will drive for the 2022 campaign.
Brad Keselowski’s NASCAR career
Since becoming a full-time Cup Series driver, Keselowski has become one of NASCAR’s top performers.
The 37-year-old earned the 2012 championship, 35 wins, 17 pole positions, and 215 top-ten finishes in his first 14 years. Keselowski has landed in the top 10 of the point standings eight times, including inside the top-5 in five of those instances. He’s one of six drivers to have won a championship in both the Cup Series and Xfinity Series.
He finished in second place last year behind Chase Elliott, falling short by just five points despite 14 top-5 finishes and four victories. He currently sits in ninth place through the first 13 races in 2021, with a victory at the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway and five total top-five finishes.
As Keselowski progresses toward a bid for a second Cup Series championship, he may already have his next NASCAR stop in place.
Brad Keselowski may already know his next NASCAR venture
After the 2021 season, Keselowski will garner plenty of attention as he heads into free agency again.
The 37-year-old is currently driving for Team Penske, who he’s competed for since 2010 as a full-time Cup Series driver. However, Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports recently reported signs are pointing toward the one-time Cup Series champion joining the Roush-Fenway Racing as an owner/driver in 2022.
Pockrass added that other indications include Keselowski’s former truck series team general manager Jeremy Thompson working for the Roush Fenway Racing Shop. Team Penske recently also chose to swap him out for Ryan Blaney to test the Next Gen Tire.
The optics of the move don’t follow logical sense, as Roush continues to struggle to find any success. Since 2015, the company has failed to earn a win in six out of the last seven seasons. During that span, Keselowski captured a win in each season, totaling 19 victories.
That said, the possible commitment lies deeper than the race track as the longtime drive has repeatedly spoken about venturing into team ownership. Keselowski has also discussed decreased driver salaries, which an ownership stake will allow him to fill a part of that financial void.
If he does head that route, it could significantly impact the future of other drivers. Ryan Newman currently doesn’t hold a deal with Roush for the 2022 season. Newman hasn’t clarified if he will retire after this year, which may put him out the door to allow Keselowski to join the team.
Nonetheless, a significant change lies ahead that could shake up the NASCAR scene.
A bright future lies ahead
Keselowski holds a significant decision ahead that will impact the next chapter of his racing career.
Regardless if he joins Roush-Fenway Racing, it’s clear that he wants to venture into team ownership. He’s currently the owner of Brad Keselowski Racing, which fields two full-time teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Keselowski holds a bright future ahead as he’s finished inside the top 10 of the points standings in the last four straight years. He also has an opportunity to make a strong push toward the 2021 Cup Series championship.
The next few months may be pivotal in shaping what direction he will head in 2022.