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Keselowski lashes out at NASCAR's treatment of Penske

Reigning Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski has responded angrily to what he believes is unfair treatment of his Penkse Racing team in Texas at the weekend.
A fuming Brad Keselowski didn't hold back when asked for his comments on the controversial pre-race set-back experienced by Penske Racing ahead of Saturday evening's NRA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Both Keselowski's #2 and team mate Joey Logano's #22 cars failed pre-race technical inspection with NASCAR officials deeming the rear end housing to be illegal. They demanded the removal of the parts and then confiscated them, while the Penske team rushed to organise replacement components in time for the start of the race.

Keselowski's crew just made it in time, but Logano's car needed three passes before inspection before it was cleared and was then deemed to be too late getting to the starting grid. That forced Logano to drop to the back of the field before the green flag. Despite the setback he still drove back to finish in fifth position, while Keselowski also managed a top ten finish in ninth.

But despite the rather successful damage limitation exercise, Keselowski remained incensed by the way that the NASCAR officials handled the situation, leading the 29-year-old from Michigan to let rip with venomous criticism of the entire series management.

"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. I don't have anything positive to say and I probably should just leave it at that," he said. Unfortunately for the driver, he kept on going.

"I feel like we've been targeted over the last seven days more than I've ever seen a team targeted," he continued. "But my guys kept their heads on straight and they showcased why they are a winning team and championship team. We're not going to take it. We're not going to be treated this way.

"There's so much stuff going on," he said. "You have no [expletive] idea what's going on," he told reporters. "And that's not your fault and that's not a slam on you. I could tell you there's 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."

One of the possible sanctions that the Penske team faces for the illegal rear-end components is the suspension of key members of the crew, with Keselowski particularly concerned that his entire 2013 Cup season is at risk if that happens.

"I'm very worried about losing my crew chief, Paul Wolfe," Keselowski admitted. "But I tell you I've got one of best owners in the garage and I'm going to be first one at his desk telling him if anything happens. We'll both be in a meeting with anybody and everybody who'll listen."




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