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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hendrick will make sure Keselowski races in Cup in 2010

What everyone already figured is now official: Rick Hendrick is in discussions with Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski about the 2010 Cup season, and he has plenty of options.

One thing is sure, Hendrick said. Keselowski will be in Cup at least part-time in 2010, maybe full-time.

Options include a full-year run in the James Finch #09 (the car he drove to a win at Talladega), a ride with a third Stewart-Haas Racing team, or a ride with Dale Jr’s JR Motorsports team if it moves up to Cup.

I stick by my prediction that he’ll drive for Stewart, but any of these options will be fine for Brad, who is just needing a stopgap ride until he can take over the #5 Hendrick car in 2011.

Whatever seat he fills, one thing is almost certain based on how well he’s running in the Nationwide series this year and the results of his short Cup career: He’ll be fast and has a sky’s-the-limit future in NASCAR.

Great run for Ambrose
Tasmanian import Marcos Ambrose had to start in the back, but he did a great job and finished third anyway. If he had started up front, he might have been in Victory Lane.

Ambrose has quietly put together a solid season, and has jumped to 18th in points, ahead of bigger-name drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick.

Said plays bumper cars
I was surprised to see Boris Said hitting everyone in sight at Sonoma. He’s a solid road racer, but he was involved in so many wrecks I wonder what was going on with his car on Sunday. It’s not like him to act that way on the track.

Montoya in Chase, Kahne knocking on the door
As I predicted, Juan Pablo Montoya used a solid finish at Sonoma to catapult himself into the top-12 in points, making him Chase-eligible at the moment. Now he needs solid runs through Richmond to stay there. Kahne’s win puts him only 3 points back of Montoya in 13th.

The Big loser is Jeff Burton, who tumbles three spots to 15th. He better hope for great New Hampshire and Daytona runs if wants to make the Chase. Richmond will be here before we know it, and you can’t afford to start slipping at this point of the year.

One last important note to all … Happy Father’s Day to all.


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