Brad Keselowski is of the opinion that the wins from Michael McDowell and Christopher Bell have dramatically changed the dynamic of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
Two races into the 2021 Cup Series season and we already have two surprise winners. McDowell got the first Cup victory of his career in a surprising manner as Keselowski took and his teammate Joey Logano out of the race. As for Bell, it was also his first Cup victory.
Given that these two drivers were not considered to be the contenders for the playoffs, it will only make it difficult for other drivers to make it to the playoffs as two spots are already booked by two surprise winners.
Probably in light of the situation, the Team Penske driver believes that the feel to the 2021 Playoffs will be different. He said:
“Dynamic has changed dramatically right now. We are very early in the season and it’s not turned into a points race for those last few spots.”
While you don’t necessarily have to win to make it to the playoffs, for a driver of Keselowski’s stature, it is always better to grab some wins along the way.
“Hopefully, it doesn’t matter for us. I think that we’ll be able to go to Richmond and Martinsville and some of those tracks and contend for a win, and hopefully bring home wins.
“But if you don’t win, you’re in a lot of trouble right now. It’s not looking like you’re going to be able to get into the playoffs right without a win.”