Keselowski Frustrated

Brad Keselowski

"It is part of it I guess, but not a part that you have to like. It is part of the deal when you race at these types of tracks where it is one groove with this car and the way it is designed." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Brad Keselowski was not pleased after his early exit in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

Keselowski crashed right after the race resumed between the first and second stages when he got underneath Clint Bowyer, spun and then was collected by Jimmie Johnson.

“I just wrecked it,” Keselowski said after coming from the infield care center. “It stinks. I got loose into three. I was underneath the 14. I was trying to lay up and give room but just spun out as soon as I got anywhere near the corner. I wrecked myself and a bunch of other guys.

“It is part of it I guess, but not a part that you have to like. It is part of the deal when you race at these types of tracks where it is one groove with this car and the way it is designed. You have to find a way around it and I didn’t find a way around it.”

Keselowski was understandably disappointed but his frustration went beyond getting eliminated from Saturday night’s race.

“It is frustrating,” he said. “We weren’t as fast as we wanted to be today. That is always frustrating. I am probably as much frustrated with myself as I am frustrated with the situation and frustrated with the sport that we can’t design a better car than this that you can race without having to do everything on the restart. That is all part of it I guess. It is where we are right now.”

There has been some discussion NASCAR is considering a new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup car in the near future and Keselowski believes it’s time for a change.

“You do what you can to gouge and claw on the restarts and get everything you can get,” he explained. “You’ve got to put yourself in bad situations to do that and that’s where we were. And if you don’t make those moves on the restarts, then you run in the back or you have a bad day.

“It’s time for this sport to design a new car that’s worthy of where this sport deserves to be and the show it deserves to put on for the fans.”

Keselowski later added to his comments on social media after having some time to collect his thoughts. 

"I love racing, its a privilege to be a NASCAR race driver in this era," Keselowski Tweeted. "I'll always love this sport, its fans and consequently want to see it succeed in every way. So please don't take my comments about the car today and think any differently about my passion for the sport and belief that it remains the best in the world."

 

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