|It was Kyle, not Keselowski, who was supposed to be next best thing|
That was in 2010, which, in Keselowski years, is a lifetime ago. It was his first full season in the Sprint Cup Series, when he'd won just one race – the fluke at Talladega – and was known more for his mouth and rough driving style than anything resembling a budding champion.
At the time, Busch was everyone's pick to be NASCAR's next big thing. It wasn't a matter of if but when he'd win his first of many Cup championships. Keselowski, meanwhile, had earned himself a spot on quite a few driver's s-lists. He was on Busch's, of course, Carl Edwards' and Denny Hamlin's, just to name a few.
But in the three years since, Keselowski's career has been on a rocket ride to the top while Busch's has flattened out. It's as if they've traded places: Keselowski with his hauler parked in the champion's spot every weekend, Busch's parked somewhere down the line, usually about 12th to 15th.
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