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Keselowski apologises to Ragan for post-race comments

Brad Keselowski has apologised to David Ragan for his comments on Sunday in which he accused the race winner of jumping lanes illegally before the final restart.
Brad Keselowski has been forced to retract his criticism of Sunday's race-winner at Talladega, after he tweeted comments immediately after the race accusing David Ragan of jumping lanes illegally prior to the final restart in order to give him a race-winning advantage in track position.

"#34 swapped lanes before restart," Keselowski had posted. "Mad as hell about that finish. We were suppose to line up 10th when the #34 switched lanes entering 3 before green. That lane won.

"I'm happy as hell a small team won. Doesn't change the fact that the restart was blatantly wrong," the Penske Racing driver added. "I should be happy when [I] think someone cheats the game and costs you a win?!?!"

But analysis of video and audio evidence later confirmed that Ragan positioned himself exactly where he was told to for the restart by NASCAR. The confusion arose because the call from NASCAR was made much later than normal because of the circumstances involved with fading light and drizzle that were putting the end of the race in jeopardy.

In a post on his website, Keselowski apologised to Ragan while also insisting that NASCAR had got the handling of that final call wrong - and potentially cost him the race.

"I owe David Ragan and his fans an apology," Keselowski wrote. "I placed blame on David Ragan for the restart lineup confusion when it wasn't his fault.

"Basically what happened is that, when the yellow came out at lap 184, the lineup was supposed to be Scott Speed, myself and David," Keselowski explained. "We were actually lined up David, Scott and me because we were unsure what the lineup was. NASCAR did not change this before opening pit road, so by procedure we were lined up in the proper positions. NASCAR made a last-minute lineup change that we missed as we were getting ready to go back to green.

"David attempted to make it right by letting me go at the start/finish line with one to go. I thought he was attempting to change the pylon because the order is supposed to be set before pit road opens," he continued. "With the multicar wreck, the rain and the impending darkness, it is easy to see how NASCAR could have made that mistake.

"It was a very confusing time for all of us," Keselowski added. "I want to send a sincere congratulations out to David Ragan and everyone at Front Row Motorsports. It was a very cool win for our sport."




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Sammy - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 2:21 AM

I grew up in the shadows of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. I am in my mid 50’s and watched NASCAR slowly but completely screw up a wonderful form of entertainment. It began with restrictor plate racing a couple decades ago. Now campaigning corn ethanol fuels, solar panels, electric cars, give me a break, I watch racing to get away from that crap, well I used to. Looks like the France family took the federal liberal money bait, probably visits to the White House too. I am done with it, another empty seat.



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