Brad Keselowski will skip Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen as he continues to recover from his testing accident from last week.
The Penske driver was set to be on double duty next weekend, but following his second Sprint Cup win of the season, which places him as the favorite to land one of the wild-card entries into this year's Chase, he is set to place his focus on the Cup program in order to remain eligible for the playoff series.
Keselowski basically needs to be among the top 20 in points in five-week's time in order to become a championship contender for the first time, and this weekend's race at Watkins Glen is set to place his injured ankle under massive stress, being regarded as the toughest venue for brakes. The 27-year-old is trying to heal an avulsion fracture to his left ankle.
"Although I'm getting better, driving severely aggravates my ankle and back," Keselowski posted on Twitter.
His Sprint Cup series teammate Kurt Busch, a former Nationwide Series winner at the track, will fill in for Keselowski. Also entered in Saturday's race is reigning Sprint Cup series champion Jimmie Johnson, who will drive for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s team. He and Kurt Busch feuded following last weekend's race at Pocono.