Going into the Loudon, N.H. race two weekends ago, it would be fair to say Brad Keselowski had been in a slump and was struggling. You might say Loudon was just what the doctor ordered for the Blue Deuce. Not only did Brad win the pole, but he finished fourth in the race.
In reality, the last eight to 10 weeks that No. 2 camp has been running a lot better than the results have shown.
Remember that at the end of the day, everyone looks at how you finished. Running fifth all day long and cutting a tire down with 10 laps to go doesn't give you a "moral victory." At the end of the day, if that cut tire gave you a 27th-place finish, then that's what you got.
In Brad's case, Loudon was his first top-five finish since Dover back on June 2. Brad was solid all day long at Loudon. He maybe didn't have a top-five car, but no matter, when the race was over he finished fourth, and trust me, that will go a long way on a lot of fronts.
It will do a lot for Brad and his team's confidence. Even ...