|Can Keselowski do what Stewart did in 2011 Chase? (Getty)|
When the 2012 Chase for the Championship started, Brad Keselowski was installed at respectable 8-to-1 odds to win it all, but realistically, he wasn’t given much of a shot. Between Jimmie Johnson having that look in his eye that his sixth title would not be taken from him and Denny Hamlin dominating the 1.5-mile and flat tracks, it was easy to discount Keselowski.
But here we are after three races with Keselowski leading in points, having won two of the three Chase races (Chicago, Dover). It’s reminiscent of Tony Stewart’s improbable run last season, when he won five races in the 10-week Chase after not winning any in the first 26. In Keselowski’s case, he was already ahead of the game with three wins.
Johnson is still the 3-to-2 favorite after his third straight top-5 finish Sunday, but Keselowski is quickly gaining respect and is now the second choice at 9-to-4 odds.