Kenseth, Keselowski Not Happy With Each Other
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on April 27, 2014 | 1:05 A.M. EST
Matt Kenseth (left) and Brad Keselowski (behind) were not pleased with how they were raced by the other late in Saturday's race. (Photo: Getty Images)
RICHMOND, Va. - Brad Keselowski said he had a message to deliver late in Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway, but Matt Kenseth has something for Keselowski.
The divers were not happy with each other after racing for the lead in the final laps of the Toyota Owners 400, which was won by Joey Logano.
“With three (laps to go), I would have said I was going to win it and probably would have won it had (Kenseth) not run us off the racetrack,’’ Keselowski said after finishing fourth. “Every racetrack you should race for the win, but you run somebody off the racetrack to race for the win if you really aren’t fast enough? Four other cars passed him. It didn’t win him the race running me off the racetrack. It just cost me the win. I don’t think that is very smart and that is something I’ll remember.’’
Keselowski got to the back of Kenseth’s car and made his feelings known. Keselowski ran into the back of Kenseth’s car, causing it to run up the track and allowing others to pass.
“I just felt like he needed to know what was up and that I wasn’t going to put up with that,’’ Keselowski said of his response to Kenseth. “He was not going to win that ... race.’’
Kenseth didn’t, finishing fifth.
After the race, Kenseth radioed his team, saying: “(Keselowski) just wrecked three of us back there just so you know. He’s got one.’’
Kenseth admitted he was racing Keselowski hard but said he was not being unfair.
“I was racing for the win,’‘ Kenseth said. “Yeah, I ran him off the track getting into (Turn) 3. I did not run him into the wall, I felt like I left him enough room. I didn’t leave a lot of extra room ... but I’m trying to win a race. Both lanes were going. I couldn’t hold them off staying on the bottom, so I tired to move to the top in front of them and hold them off, I just couldn’t get it done. I don’t think it was much different than anybody would have probably done with three or four to go to try to win the race.’’
As for Keseowski hitting his car with four laps to go, Kenseth was not happy.
“I think you race as hard as you can to win,’’ Kenseth said. “I’m not going to go to wreck somebody to win. He certainly tried to wreck me on the racetrack. I could see he was upset. I ran him up the track. I ‘d probably be upset, too. We were racing as hard as we could to try to get that win.’’
After the race, Keselowski tweeted: “Looking back, I needed some time after the race 2 cool off. Funny how much clearer the picture can be when emotion is removed. #Ijustwannawin.’’