Brad K. has built his image around hard driving and an uncanny ability to ruffle more than a few feathers along the way; it's why he made the tongue-in-cheek pick of
It's certainly given Keselowski an image, but unfortunately for him, it's also been resulting in a far more frustrating side effect than the season-long probation NASCAR handed him after Nationwide incident at Gateway in July. Now when Brad K. pushes, the retaliation is often excessive.
Take last weekend at Bristol. Keselowski and
Busch later admitted that he spun Keselowski on purpose, saying "[I] dumped him. He does it to everybody else. Why can't I do it to him?"
Sorry, KB, but the "Brad had it coming" seemed a little much after
NASCAR says it plans to penalize either Busch or Keselowski for, as vice president of competition Robin Pemberton, called it "good, hard racing," though there seems to be a bit of a difference between what Busch did and what Keselowski did: Keselowski was battling for position and Busch was driving with malice, intending to wreck his rival.
Despite laying down the gauntlet with his arse-calling introduction before the Cup race, Keselowski played it relatively safe when Busch was about to put him a lap down. He made KB work to get around him, then proceeded to allow
But it does seem somewhat wrong that Keselowski has become a whipping boy of sorts. It's as if rivals are given carte blanche once he pushes their buttons and Keselowski has little power to fight back without landing himself in hot water with NASCAR once again. Brad K. may have put himself in this position with an unwillingness to back off of his hard-driving ways, but that doesn't seem cause for the on-track punishments he's receiving.
As the only rookie who has been on the track for the majority of the season --
Conway is clearly in over his head in Cup. Before this season, he had 25 Nationwide starts and one Trucks race to his credit and his career-best N'wide finish was 15th in Kentucky in 2009.
He's not the only ROY to struggle. Smith was 34th in points in winning in 2008, but he also had
With the big boys off enjoying their final off-week of the season, all NASCAR eyes will be on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and yes for those inquisitive minds, Gilles' son