Brad Keselowski says negotiations over his future with Team Penske was delayed as the “bar” to reach the NASCAR Cup Series has “lowered significantly”.
Keselowski has renewed his contract with Team Penske into 2021, ending rumors that he would leave upon the expiry of his current deal after earning his third victory of the 2020 campaign at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
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The 2012 Cup Series champion has already qualified for the playoffs and his team has proven to be just as strong as those of Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing) and Denny Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing), who have dominated the series so far with nine victories between them from the 20 races to date.’
When asked about his “silly season” experience this year, Keselowski stated some different perspectives.
“It’s certainly been much different than years previous in my career,” Keselowski said.
“Nobody likes it. There’s nobody really winning, I can tell you that.
“I still have a great job, a lot of people don’t have a job at all.
“I don’t think what they want to do is hear me whine about mine.
“But then again, I do recognise if my contract had fallen differently, I would probably be in a much better place with respect to when it ran out time wise.”
“The landscape is very strange, not just because of the virus, but I think one of the things that really stands out that’s changed the landscape is the threshold or the bar, so to speak, you have to pass as a driver to be eligible for the Cup Series,” he said.
“It’s been lowered significantly since I’ve been a part of the sport.
“That’s starting to bring a wave of kind of paid drivers, so to speak, drivers that pay for their ride.
“That really does a lot of damage to the contract market when there’s drivers out there that are willing to pay for your ride, let alone you getting paid.”
Despite rumors that the 36-y-o could return to Hendrick Motorsports or join Chip Ganassi Racing, it was revealed that Keselowski will continue his Penske allegiance into the 2021 season.