Keselowski Makes Kansas Drivers Meeting Interesting
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Racing at Kansas Speedway started two hours before the green flag dropped on Sunday. Racing of the between-the-ears variety.
During the drivers meeting at Kansas, all was pro forma until the part at the end where Sprint Cup managing race director David Hoots asks assembled drivers and team members if there are any questions.
That’s when Brad Keselowski’s hand shot into the air.
Keselowski then asked Hoots, “At Chicago, we talked about racing 100 percent. One of the things that was distinguished as not racing 100 percent was intentional wrecking. I’m curious if you could define that a little further for drivers so I know exactly what that means.”
Hoots gave a short answer about 100 percent meaning doing one’s best to win.
Keselowski was not placated. Finally, NASCAR president Mike Helton moved up to the microphone.
“NASCAR-style racing, particularly in the three national series, is expected to be close, aggressive and hard,” Helton said. “It is possible to cross that line, though – and when that happens, we’re going to step in. But it’s a subjective line for us to decide when that happens and what’s the difference between NASCAR-style racing and something that’s intentional.”
On Saturday night, Keselowski was involved in a wreck in the Nationwide Series with fellow Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch as they were fighting for second place late in the race.
Keselowski, who was clipped from behind in the incident, slammed the wall and was knocked out of the race. Keselowski, the defending series champion, was furious. He ran across the track toward Busch pit box pointing at Busch’s pitbox.
After emerging from the infield care center, he issued some none to veiled threats against Busch. Keselowski, who missed this year’s Chase, inferred that he would retaliate at a time when it would hurt Busch the most during the Chase.
“He’s got a lot more to lose than I do,” Keselowski said. “Like I said, I guess that’s the only good thing about not being in the Chase.”
In the drivers meeting, where drivers actually asking questions is not pro forma, Keselowski’s comments were could easily be interpreted as tweaking NASCAR and/or designed to plant another seed in Busch’s brain.
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