Keselowski in the Spotlight

Brad Keselowski

"I don’t think I’ve been surprised by much of anything in the last two or three days, but I think it’s really important to allow the appeal process to work its way out on its own." (Photo: Getty Images)

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Brad Keselowski has been the center of controversy all week leading into this weekend’s STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.

The Penske Racing driver had some passionate comments to make after last week’s Texas race after NASCAR confiscated the rear end housings of both Penske Racing entries prior to the NRA 500.

While Keselowski dodged a bullet when he wasn’t fined for his tirade, the Penske organization did not and was severely penalized by NASCAR with sanctions that would include a six-race suspension for crew chief Paul Wolfe.

Penske plans to appeal the penalties and in the mean time Keselowski is trying to focus on this weekend’s racing at Kansas while the controversy around him rages on.

"I don’t think I’ve been surprised by much of anything in the last two or three days, but I think it’s really important to allow the appeal process to work its way out on its own,” said Keselowski after his qualifying lap on Friday. “That’s why it exists. I’m thankful that there is a process for appeals because, obviously, we’re in an ‘agree to disagree’ stage between Penske Racing and NASCAR, and there’s, thankfully, a third panel or group to settle those disagreements."

Despite the series of events that have transpired since last Saturday night, Keselowski stands by the intent of his post Texas comments.

"I think it’s pretty obvious that defining cheating in this sport is something that’s been very poorly done, and I think you all are probably the ones that need to step back and try to figure out how to define that better because, clearly, this garage is having a hard time doing that," he said.

Rumors surfaced earlier this week that someone from Hendrick Motorsports might have tipped NASCAR on the rear end equipment being used by Penske, an allegation Jimmie Johnson dismissed on Friday.

But after Keselowski called attention to the Hendrick rear ends last summer, there’s a school of thought that this week’s Penske penalties were the result of payback.

"I haven’t heard any of them say that to me personally, so I’m not gonna comment on something I haven’t heard one of them say to me. I’m sure there are some people out there thinking that, but no one has said that to me," Keselowski said.

Keselowski will have to come from the 33rd starting position on Sunday after a miscue during his qualifying lap.

“My seat belts came undone,” he explained. “It was just one of those weird deals, so I had a chance and I fixed it and got back going."

Sunday’s race is only the second on the new Kansas reconfiguration but Keselowski already notices a difference in the track surface.

"It’s a little bit rougher, but it’s hard to tell because the wind is so violent right now,” Keselowski said after Friday’s time trials. “That really affects how your cars drive here, but it’s full of challenges here at Kansas, that’s for sure. That’s a good thing."

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