Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France revealed
on Monday that defending Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski will not
be fined for comments he made about the sanctioning body on Saturday at Texas
An angry Keselowski lashed out at NASCAR after the 500-mile race at Texas, in
response to officials confiscating the rear-end housing and other parts on his
No. 2 Ford during pre-race inspection. His Penske Racing teammate, Joey
Logano, also had the same parts seized on his No. 22 car during the inspection
France said during an interview on the cable news Fox Business Network that
Keselowski will not be penalized for his comments.
"No, we're not, because that's the beauty of NASCAR," France said. "We do
allow the drivers to express themselves in that way, even if they say things
that we would disagree with. I would certainly disagree with everything
Keselowski, who finished ninth at Texas, vented his frustration towards
NASCAR's actions when he spoke with reporters shortly after the race ended.
"I have one good thing to say, and that's my team and the effort they put in
today to fight back with the absolute (expletive) that's been the last seven
days in the garage area," Keselowski said. "The things that I've seen over the
last seven days have me questioning everything that I believe in, and I'm not
happy about it. I don't have anything positive to say, and I probably should
just leave it at that."
Keselowski was also upset with an incident that occurred during the April 7
race at Martinsville Speedway. A NASCAR pit lane official noticed that the
right-front tire on Keselowski's car was outside his stall when he pitted in
the closing stages. He had to be pushed back into the correct position and
ended up losing several spots in the field. He bounced back for a sixth-place
"There's so much stuff going on that you guys (media) have no idea, you have
no (expletive) idea what's going on," Keselowski also said at Texas. "I can
tell you there's nobody, no team in the garage with the integrity of the 2
team. And the way we've been treated over the last seven days is absolutely
shameful. I feel like we've been targeted over the last seven days more than
I've ever seen in my life."
Last month, NASCAR slapped Denny Hamlin with a $25,000 fine for his critical
remarks made about the new Sprint Cup race car, the Gen-6, at Phoenix
International Raceway. NASCAR noted that Hamlin "made some disparaging remarks
about the on-track racing that had taken place that afternoon (March 3 at
France explained why NASCAR penalized Hamlin and not Keselowski.
"The line that we draw is that you can't criticize the racing product," France
said. "You can criticize our decisions, and you can criticize everything else,
which is more than any other sport might allow. But just don't go talking
about our racing product isn't the best in the world, because it is."
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