Motor sports notebook: Brash Keselowski learns his words echo loudly
Auto Racing Videos
Jeff Gordon learned his lesson over time. So did Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth.
It's the same lesson learned by every young driver who finally achieves stardom: What to say, when and how to say it and, most importantly, how to deal with the fallout from the content.
That's the lesson that Brad Keselowski is being forced to learn.
The brash, outspoken and usually unfiltered Sprint Cup champion has been vocal about what he perceives as unfair treatment by NASCAR, even going on a profanity-tinged tirade last weekend in which he told reporters that they had “no idea ... what's going on.”
He already disputed a penalty at Martinsville for pitting outside his stall, but the driver of the No. 2 Ford was left seething over harsh penalties handed down by NASCAR this week.
Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano had a combined seven crew members get six-race suspensions after inspectors confiscated an unapproved rear-end housing from the Penske Racing cars last weekend at Texas. Both of their crew chiefs also were fined $100,000, and the drivers were dealt 25-point penalties that bumped them down in the Sprint Cup standings.
Penske Racing has appealed the penalties — Keselowski insisted Friday the part in question was approved — so both of the teams are intact for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
“I don't think I've been surprised by much of anything the last two or three days,” Keselowski said after qualifying 33rd for this weekend's race. “But I think it's really important to let the appeals process work out on its own. That's why it exists.”
Hamlin could be back next week
Denny Hamlin could return to the Sprint Cup series next weekend at Richmond for the first time since a crash March 24 at California left him with a compound fracture in his back.
Slumping Franchitti wins pole
In Long Beach, Calif., Dario Franchitti won the pole for Sunday's IndyCar Series race.
Franchitti came into the weekend ranked last in the IndyCar standings and off to the worst start of his career.
NHRA fans dodge serious injury
In Concord, N.C., fans escaped serious injury when the body of Funny Car driver Robert Hight's car blew off near the finish line after his engine exploded.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Mt. Lebanon native, Iraq war hero’s action goes unrewarded
- Hit sends Penguins’ Letang to hospital
- NFL coaches weigh in on Polamalu’s legacy
- Shortfalls sabotage promise of a union retiree’s pension
- Pirates pitchers finding success with expanded strike zone
- Probiotic bacteria help conquer ‘superbugs’
- Starkey: Next frontier for Steelers offense
- Man rescued from sinkhole in McKeesport
- Alvarez latest in Pirates’ revolving door at first base
- Downie’s goal, fight spark Penguins to win over Coyotes
- Pirates notebook: Polanco’s power outburst a matter of timing