NSCS: Team Penske Tandem In Title Contention With Four Races Left

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Here is a trivia question that is likely to stump fellow NASCAR fans around the water cooler:

Q: Which of the remaining eight Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders has not won a race at the final four tracks?

A: Brad Keselowski

The No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion driver claims 14 wins in the last four seasons, second only to Jimmie Johnson’s 16. He leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with six victories this season, but has never visited victory lane at Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix or Homestead.

Contributing to Keselowski’s win total is his 37 starts at the four tracks are the fewest of any remaining Chase driver. He will look to change his luck in Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN).

Keselowski has been strong at the paper clip in his career with five top-10 results in nine starts, including a fourth-place showing in the 2013 Martinsville fall race. He finished 38th at the Virginia track in March, but placed no worse than ninth in his previous four starts there.

Looking further ahead, Keselowski owns just four top fives and eight top 10s in 28 career starts with a 17.3 average finish at the last three Chase tracks.

When Keselowski won the 2012 NSCS Championship, he came up clutch with sixth-place finishes at Martinsville and Phoenix, and a runner-up finish at Texas, before taking home the title with a 15th-place showing at Homestead.

Arguably the most impressive driver in the Chase so far has been Keselowski’s Team Penske shop mate Joey Logano, who ranks second in the series with five wins this season, including two so far during NASCAR’s playoffs. He became the first driver ever to log top-five finishes in the first five Chase races.

The 24-year-old has one victory (Texas, 4/7/14), eight top fives and 13 top 10s in 39 careers starts at the final four tracks. Sunday, he will attempt to improve on his fourth-place Martinsville finish in March.

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