Keselowski Fined for EFI Comments

Brad Keselowski

Keselowski: "It does nothing for the sport except cost the team owners money." (Photo: Getty Images)

Brad Keselowski was fined by NASCAR for critical comments made regarding the switch to electronic fuel injection coming in 2012.

The Associated Press reported Keselowski was fined $25,000 for criticizing the sanctioning body's move to the EFI systems during a NASCAR Hall of Fame appearance last month.

"We're not doing this because it's better for the teams," Keselowski said. "I don't think we're really going to save any gas. It's a media circus, trying to make you guys happy so you write good stories. It gives them something to promote. We're always looking for something to promote, but the honest answer is it does nothing for the sport except cost the team owners money.

"Cars on the street are injected with real electronics, not a throttle body (like in NASCAR). So we've managed to go from 50-year-old technology to 35-year-old technology. I don't see what the big deal is."

NASCAR has said the decision to move to fuel injection was part of its green initiative and that the switch would helps engines run more efficiently.

Although no official word of the fine was released by NASCAR, spokesman Kerry Tharp told the AP there had been conversations with Keselowski.

"We did talk to Brad following his recent comments that were highly critical of the series moving to electronic fuel injection next season," Tharp said. "We made it clear to him that these kind of comments are detrimental to the sport, and we handled it accordingly with him."

The fine is the latest in a series of recent secret sanctions against drivers for critical comments including those made by Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin about racing at Talladega as well as Juan Pablo Montoya.

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