The reigning Sprint Cup champion said NASCAR has targeted his No. 2 team in an "absolutely shameful" way. An angry Brad Keselowski accused NASCAR of unfairly targeting his Penske Racing team on Saturday night following a flunked pre-race inspection for both of the organization's cars.
NASCAR confiscated the rear-end housing on both Keselowski's and Joey Logano's cars and said the parts were "not in the spirit of the rule." Penalties, possibly including steep fines, points deductions and suspensions, are expected early this week. Despite the failed inspections, both Keselowski and Logano managed top-10 finishes. Keselowski finished ninth, while Logano rallied to a fifth-place run after starting in the rear of the field.
But Keselowski hinted at something sinister, saying his team has been forced to fight back "from the absolute (crap) that's been the last seven days in this garage area."
The defending NASCAR champion said reporters had "no (freaking) idea what's going on" behind the scenes and said NASCAR has targeted his No. 2 team in an "absolutely shameful" way.
Keselowski said he'd never seen a team targeted like NASCAR is doing to his team.
"The things I've seen over the last seven days have me questioning everything I believe in, and I'm not happy about it," he said.
At Martinsville last week, the No. 2 team had two brushes with NASCAR law.
First, Keselowski barely made it out for his qualifying lap — the car was held up in inspection. Later, during the race, he was assessed with a borderline pit road penalty call, when his tire was barely on the line (if at all).
The driver said he could "make a list two pages long" of everything that's happened.
"We're not going to take it," he said. "We're not going to be treated this way."
Penske Racing team owner Roger Penske said his team was trying to get an edge on the competition, but not in a way that ran afoul of the rules. The team's performance with the replacement rear-end housing on Saturday night proved that point, he said.
"Our guys are innovative and we're looking at the rules, looking at areas where we can get an edge like everybody else," he said. "I don't think there's anything we did wrong. It's obviously a judgment." USA Today
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