2012 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway:
The Chase drivers will all need to avoid last year's catastrophe were seven of the twelve Chasers finished the race in the bottom half of the running order if they want to contend for the 2012 Cup.
The Big Picture:
Keselowski currently has two wins and one second place finish in his 2012 Chase resume. If he keeps this up for seven more races he will be tough to beat.
At the back of the points Matt Kenseth has built an insurmountable mountain for his team to climb in the final seven races. He becomes the first driver to no realistic shot at the 2012 title.
The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings:
This weekend the rolls are reversed as Keselowski comes into the 2012 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway looking to extend his point lead at a track where he won earlier this year.
Keselowski had it easy after his Chicagoland win. This week the media will turn up the pressure. Is Keselowski a genuine threat to win the 2012 Chase for the Cup?
Radio: MRN and SIRIUS Satellite
Actual Race: 2:10PM Eastern
2011 Winner: Clint Bowyer
2011 Polesitter: Mark Martin
Two of the top four Chase drivers were involved in "The Big One" and saw their points take a major hit. Kevin Harvick came into the race second in the Chase but he was caught up in the crash through no fault of his own along with Kyle Busch who was fourth in points until Talladega.
Non-Chasers Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton battled side-by-side for the win in the final few yards with Clint Bowyer claiming the win in a thrilling finish.
Keselowski was not just a one-hit wonder here either. He was the best of all Chasers here in 2011 with a strong fourth place effort. No matter how you slice it Brad Keselowski makes a solid pick this weekend.
For my backup this week I'm going to look at the driver currently sitting sixth in Chase points. Kasey Kahne finished sixth and fourth in the last two Talladega races. Kahne has a fast car and needs a strong finish in order to put himself in the Chase conversation. I think Kasey Kahne makes a strong backup pick for Sunday's race.