The 2012 season has now come to a close and for the first time in eight years, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has a first-time champion.
Brad Keselowski won the cup championship last Sunday after a fifteenth place finish. This is exactly what he needed to clinch the title.
For a few moments during the race, the trophy looked like it was going to go home with five-time champion Jimmie Johnson. Johnson led the race and looked to have a very strong car. Keselowski continued to slip back and everyone wondered what would happen.
Then, just like what happened to Nationwide contender Elliott Sadler. On the last few pit stops, mistakes were made. Johnson went a lap down because of a lug nut issue, which later caused a problem in the oil line of Johnson’s car.
To say that Brad Keselowski deserved this championship is an understatement. He set out to prove everybody wrong this year and he did that. Even Jimmie Johnson.
At Talladega, everybody said he would not be able to win again. This is where Keselowski got his first cup win. When they came to Bristol, people said he cheated by using the timing lines, and he won there again also.
For the past two years, Keselowski has been proving to people he deserves to win this championship. Keselowski had seventeen top-ten finishes in the last twenty races of the year.
There’s a new champion. Keselowski was the first driver to get his team, Penske Racing, a championship. A championship they deserved. Keselowski is only 28 and he has a whole career that is sure to be successful in front of him.
Now the question is: With a new manufacture and a hopefully stable teammate, what can become of the whole Penske organization next year? Who will be the 2013 champion? Those questions will be soon answered as 2013 approaches.
By Caleb Slouha