Keselowski says third RFK team possible, but charters are the issue

BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 05: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #6 Nexlizet Ford, looks on during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 05, 2023 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

The two Fords at Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing are vastly improved this season, and co-owner Brad Keselowski says he would not be averse to adding a third team.

The problem is the lack of availability of NASCAR Cup Series charters, which have increased in value significantly over the past few years.

“I think we would definitely like to do that, but it is easier said than done,” Keselowski said Saturday at Michigan. “For the time being, I think we’re quite satisfied with the relationship we’re building with the Rick Ware Racing cars, which allows us to kind of add some depth to our roster without going out and buying another charter right now.

“I think it is maybe well documented, and maybe not, but it is almost impossible to buy a charter. Nobody is selling one. Really, no matter what your offer is, you can’t buy one. I think there have been some people knocking on the door with a lot of money and the answer is that your money is not good anywhere.

“Everyone on the team owner side wants to see where the charter goes and where the TV media rights deal goes. So there are no charters even actively for sale right now. It will be interesting to see where that plays out over the next 24 months when this (Cup TV rights deal) gets announced. Ultimately, we would like to get to a third car. It has to be possible, and right now it is not possible.”

With his victory last Sunday at Richmond, RFK driver Chris Buescher earned a spot in the Cup Playoffs. Keselowski is in a comfortable points position (151 points above the current Playoff cut line) and is likely to qualify for the postseason.