Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Keselowski furious over NASCAR treatment

FORT WORTH, Texas — Brad Keselowski had good things to say about his team for all it overcame for another top-10 finish.

As for his take on NASCAR, the defending Sprint Cup champion is pretty angry these days.

"The things I've seen over the last seven days have me questioning everything that I believe in, and I'm not happy about it," Keselowski said in the garage area after Saturday night's NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Before the race, which Kyle Busch won to complete a weekend sweep, NASCAR confiscated the original rear-end housing from Keselowski's No. 2 Ford and the No. 22 of Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano. That could lead to penalties, including possibly suspensions, the loss of points and fines.

Logano was late to the starting grid because of additional inspections after changes, and he had to start at the back. He wound up fifth and Keselowski, who kept his starting spot of 16th, finished ninth.

"I have one good thing to say, and that was my team and the effort they put in today, in fighting back with the absolute (expletive) that's been the last seven days in this garage area," Keselowski said.

Keselowski, who has six top-10 finishes in seven races and is second in points behind Jimmie Johnson, got a penalty a week earlier at Martinsville for pitting outside of his stall. He still disputes that.

"There's so much stuff going on. You guys have no idea … what's going on," Keselowski said. "I could tell you there is nobody, no team in this 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 a team targeted."

NASCAR had no immediate response.

Keselowski met with NASCAR chairman Brian France before the Daytona 500 after a profile in USA Today in which the driver made wide-ranging and sometimes critical comments about the direction of the sport.

Busch completed his NASCAR record seventh Cup-Nationwide weekend sweep, and second this season.

Busch regained the lead from Martin Truex during the last caution. After a strong restart with 16 laps left, Busch stayed in front and won by half a second with an average speed of 144.751 mph. He credited his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota crew for the victory in his 300th career start.

"They won me the race getting me off pit road first, being able to dictate the restart and just run a hard pace there," said Busch, who was later asked if he would have been able to catch Truex without that final caution, and if he would have then been able to get around him.

"That's a lot of ifs, and unfortunately, I don't really have an answer for you," he said. "But I'd like to say that we had a shot at him."

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