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Keselowski apologises to Ragan for post-race comments

Keselowski also called Ragan personally to explain his comments, apologise and make peace, Ragan revealed in a Front Row Motorsports team statement issued on Tuesday.

"Brad gave me a call earlier, and I appreciated that," Ragan was quoted as saying. "Everything's cool between us. I was disappointed right after the race when I saw the comments he'd made, but it shows maturity on his part to re-evaluate the situation and make an apology. Now that he's got all the information, I'm glad we both see things the same way.

"Good to hear from [Brad] today," he added on Twitter. "He didn't have to correct the wrong, but he did and that was pretty cool."

No penalty for Newman

Ryan Newman won't be penalised for post-race comments he made at Talledega after being wrecked during a late restart that saw the Kurt Busch's car spin and land on the hood of Newman's #39.

Newman subsequently made heated comments criticising NASCAR for their attempt to restart the race at all in the conditions.

"They can build safer racecars, they can build safer walls, but they can't get their heads out of their asses far enough to keep them on the racetrack, and that's pretty disappointing," he had fumed. "I wanted to make sure I get that point across. Y'all can figure out who 'they' is. That's no way to end a race. Our car was much better than that. That's just poor judgement in restarting the race, poor judgement. I mean, you got what you wanted, but poor judgement and running in the dark and running in the rain."

Despite being deeply critical of NASCAR, Newman won't face any fines for his comments. Brad Keselowski has also escaped sanctions this year for a couple of occasions where he's been critical of NASCAR rulings; however, Denny Hamlin was handed a $25,000 fine earlier in the season for suggesting that the new Generation-6 cars weren't currently much of an improvement over the old Car of Tomorrow model.

Ambrose and Almirola test at Somona

Richard Petty Motorsports' Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola were testing the new Generation-6 cars at Sonoma Raceway on Tuesday, ahead of the first NASCAR Sprint Cup road race of the 2013 season scheduled there for June 23.

They ran about 100 laps on Tuesday with a break for an informal media and fan session that included unveiling the track's new 'Sears Point Grill' concession concept, reports Presssnoop.com's Lynne Huntting from California.

The team is using the second of four test opportunities allowed them under series rules to get a head start on the road course, with Ambrose pointing out that not many Cup teams have yet done a road course test with the new Cup car since NASCAR changed the rules on suspensions, which affects the weight and downforce.

“It's not a night and day difference, there are subtle differences," he said, revealing that the team had started out using last year's setups and found them interchangeable to some degree. "It looks like the cars and tyres slide around more, so I think you're going to see the normal Sonoma action, just a little faster.




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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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