Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) - An angry Brad Keselowski lashed out at
NASCAR on Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway after officials seized parts
from his No. 2 Penske Racing Ford prior to the start of the 500-mile Sprint
Cup Series race.
During pre-race inspection, officials confiscated the rear-end housing and
other parts from Keselowski's car as well as his Penske Racing teammate, Joey
Logano, who drives the No. 22 Ford.
Keselowski, the defending series champion, vented his frustration towards
NASCAR's actions when he spoke with reporters following his ninth-place
"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."
The series competed one week ago at Martinsville Speedway, where Keselowski
had a lengthy pit stop with less than 50 laps to go when a NASCAR pit lane
official noticed that the right-front tire on his car was outside the pit
stall. He had to be pushed back into the correct position and ended up losing
several spots in the field. Keselowski bounced back though with 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," he said. "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.
"But my guys kept their heads on straight, and they showcased why they are a
winning team and a championship team. We're not going to take it, and we're
not going to be treated this way."
Since Keselowski and Logano's cars failed inspection, both teams worked
feverishly to make adjustments and then resubmitted the vehicles for another
inspection. Logano's car had to go through the process three times before it
was passed. It did not roll out onto the grid in time for the command to start
engines. Therefore, he had to start from the rear of the field. Logano
rebounded nicely for a fifth-place finish.
Keselowski, who is currently nine points behind leader Jimmie Johnson, is
concerned his team might receive severe penalties from NASCAR later this week.
If Keselowski and Logano's teams are penalized, it's likely their crew chiefs
will receive suspensions.
"I'm very worried about losing my crew chief, Paul Wolfe, but I can tell you,
I've got one of the best car owners (Roger Penske) in the garage," Keselowski
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