Not long after Brad Keselowski signed with Penske Racing late last season, he talked about the desire to win Roger Penske's first NASCAR title.
It seemed a tall order at the time, given Keselowski's Nationwide series team didn't even exist.
Yet a little more than a year later, Keselowski is poised to give Penske the Nationwide title as the series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for today's O'Reilly Challenge. He leads Carl Edwards by 485 points and only needs to finish 21st or better today to clinch the championship.
"To come out of the box like we have, with a brand-new team, is pretty remarkable," Keselowski said. "I told Mr. Penske when I made the move to Penske Racing that I wanted to run the full Nationwide series schedule because I thought we could be very competitive. … We were able to bring in talented people, including my crew chief, Paul Wolfe."
Keselowski has had a stellar season, with six wins, five poles and 23 top-five finishes in 32 races. And the No. 22 team won't simply coast to the title.
"The way we've approached this season is … winning races," Wolfe said. "Sometimes we've made calls where we haven't gotten good finishes. When we show up, we come here to win."
The No. 22 team trails the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team (a ride that has been split by Kyle Busch and Brad Coleman) by 71 in owners' points, something Keselowski would like to change.
"We're close, but nothing has been decided yet," Keselowski said of the drivers' title. "Our attitude going into this weekend is that we are behind in points, which we are in the owners' standings. Regardless of how this season turns out, I'm proud of this team."