NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona with two playoff spots available

AP file photo by Steve Helber / Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney has not won a points race this season but is in good shape for one of the final two spots in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs heading into the regular-season finale Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Brad Keselowski likes his chances at Daytona International Speedway, which is somewhat strange considering his recent results at the famed track.

Keselowski has crashed eight times in his past 11 starts at the superspeedway and finished worse than 30th six times. He's hardly the only unlucky one at Daytona, where unusual winners and odd top-10 results are as common as three-wide racing and multicar wrecks.

So maybe Keselowski should feel confident heading into the NASCAR Cup Series regular-season finale Saturday night, when the 2012 series champion and 14 other drivers will battle for the final two playoff spots.

"It goes without saying, but this race is going to be wild," Keselowski said. "I told the team that if I can be one of the last 10 cars left on the last restart, we'll have a shot, and that's about all you can ask for, especially in this type of scenario.

"We