Brad Keselowski was once on the fast track in the Hendrick Motorsports farm system.
Now he's battling Rick Hendrick's five-time champion Jimmie Johnson for the 2012 Sprint Cup title.
With Nationwide Series team JR Motorsports, a Hendrick Motorsports sister operation owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Keselowski finished the 2007 season in the No. 88 Chevrolet. The next two seasons, Keselowski finished third twice in the points standings. In 2009, Keselowski ran a 15-race season in Sprint Cup - splitting his time between Hendrick Motorsports and James Finch's Phoenix Racing.
Five races into Keselowski's Cup career he hit gold with Finch in April 2009, scoring his first Cup win at Talladega Superspeedway.
Unfortunately for Rick Hendrick, this time there really was no room at the inn.
"We didn't have a spot at the time and so that's the way it goes," Hendrick said. "You never look back. I'm happy with what I've got."
While there had been talk of JR Motorsports starting a Cup team, Hend...