BROOKLYN, Mich. — Rick Hendrick defended his team's hiring approach Friday and said Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski should show "more class" after accusing Hendrick Motorsports of stealing information by poaching employees from Ford teams.
"Brad misrepresents the facts and spends a lot of time making insinuations and accusations about other teams when he should be focused on his own program and competing at a high level," Hendrick said in a statement. "I hope he figures that out and begins representing himself and the sport with more class."
Keselowski had said his Penske team has been reluctant to share information with Roush Fenway Racing on their Ford cars.
"What keeps it from going too far is the fact Hendrick and (Joe Gibbs Racing) have this nasty little habit of going to our teams and outbidding different people and taking those employees and stealing our information," Keselowski was quoted as saying.
On the track, Carl Edwards turned a lap of 202.452 mph to earn the pole for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Kurt Busch was second. Points leader Jimmie Johnson was 17th.
"The new track is super fun to race on," Edwards said of the track that was repaved before last season. "The pavement seems like it has aged more in a year than a lot of new track surfaces have."
Andretti owns front: Marco Andretti led an Andretti Autosport rout as all four drivers landed in the top five of qualifying for the Milwaukee IndyFest at West Allis, Wis.
Andretti won the pole with a two-lap average speed of 170.515 mph around the Milwaukee Mile oval. James Hinchcliffe was second at 170.418.
Will Power broke up an Andretti sweep, qualifying third at 170.212. But Power was followed by defending race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and E.J. Viso as the Andretti drivers proved they are the ones to beat in today's 250-mile race. Andretti Autosport has won four of the last eight races at Milwaukee.
Meanwhile, IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves insisted that his winning car at Texas did not have a performance advantage from an illegal part that led to a failed postrace inspection.
IndyCar fined Penske Racing $35,000 because the underwing height was too low. Penske Racing put the car in a wind tunnel Monday and determined it actually had 3 pounds less downforce and 1 pound more drag than if the wing was correct.
"Just to show that Team Penske, when people start making noise, did not have any intention to do what happened," Castroneves said.
NHRA: Del Worsham broke Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway's Funny Car time record with a 4.008-second run in qualifying for the Thunder Valley Nationals. The run was also the quickest in Worsham's career as he reached 314.83 mph.