No one will be surprised to see Johnson right in the mix. Not many will be surprised to see Hamlin back on his game after coming so close to winning the title in 2010. But Keselowski? No one had been writing him off by any means, but the fact that he's in the lead and looks in the form of his life is leading many pundits to positively re-evaluate his Cup prospects.
Penske Racing might have been pipped to the IZOD IndyCar Series title at the last minute in September: but are they now on course to make amends with an even bigger prize in motorsport?
"An unbelievable day," said Keselowski's crew chief Paul Wolfe. "That was a type of performance that we needed to stay in this championship and we showed today that we're going to continue to be there every week."
"That's what this #2 team has done the last few months," added the driver himself. "Man, if we keep doing this the next seven weeks it will be an awesome seven weeks."
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