After the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at Texas Motor Speedway, the reigning series champion spouted out about the parts that were confiscated by NASCAR from the No. 2 and the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford cars prior to the start of Saturday’s 500-mile night race.
At all events, the NASCAR officials inspect the cars including pre- and post-qualifying and of course prior to the race and post-race. During the pre-race inspection, NASCAR confiscated the rear-end housing and several other parts from both Keselowski’s car and his teammate Joey Logano’s Ford which also meant that the team had to return for another inspection. While the No. 2 Ford passed the second time, the 22 did not. In fact, Logano’s car ended up with three extra tech inspections which cost the team dearly. Logano missed the grid and the command to start the engines. He therefore ended up having to start from rear of the field.
"I have one good thing to say, and that's my team and the effort they put in today to fight back with the absolute (expletive) that's been the last seven days in the garage area," Keselowski said. "The things that 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."
The comment about the seven days made by the champion is referring to what happened at Martinsville. After a long pit stop which already cost the No. 2 team positions on the track, a NASCAR pit lane official saw that the right-front tire on Keselowski’s car was outside the pit box. The Penske crew had to push the car back and into the proper lines which indicate the allowed area.
"There's so much stuff going on that you guys (media) have no idea, you have no (expletive) idea what's going on," he said. "I can tell you there's nobody, no team in the garage with the integrity of the 2 team. And the way we've been treated over the last seven days is absolutely shameful. I feel like we've been targeted over the last seven days more than I've ever seen in my life.”
With nine points separating the current points leader and Keselowski, he might lose a few if NASCAR elects to fine or remove points due to his comments. One never knows what their decision will be, considering they handed a monetary fine to Denny Hamlin for his comments on the new cars. Yet they did not fine Tony Stewart for blasting Logano. Usually penalties are announced by Tuesday following a race. Said Keselowski, "I'm very worried about losing my crew chief, Paul Wolfe, but I can tell you, I've got one of the best car owners (Roger Penske) in the garage.”
NASCAR has taken the No. 2 car back to their tech center in North Carolina as allowed. No word on the No. 22 from the Penske garage. However NASCAR also has the winning car from Texas belonging to Joe Gibbs Racing, which is of course, Kyle Busch’s Toyota.