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Wonder if Keselowski will get a “Don’t mess with the Chase” lecture from NASCAR?

By admin | October 5, 2013

 Might Brad Keselowski and Mike Helton talk prior to Sunday’s race in Kansas?

By Richard Allen

On lap 189 of the Kansas Lottery 300 Nationwide Series race on Saturday, an event filled with multiple caution flags but no real storylines suddenly provided some headline material. And that attention getting material has the potential to impact the most sacred of all NASCAR entities, the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

It was at that time when Kyle Busch’s Toyota made contact with Brad Keselowski to send the Penske Racing driver for a wild ride that ended with his Ford beaten and battered.

Busch immediately got on his in-car radio to tell his team that the incident was his fault and that his car had developed a push which caused him to move up the track and into his rival. That may very well be the case, but Keselowski wasn’t buying it and he was more than willing to show that.

Just after the crash, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion went on a running tour of the Kansas Speedway that looked like some combination of Forrest Gump’s jog across America and Clint Bowyer’s sprint through the Phoenix Raceway garage area, with a Kurt Busch(to Jimmy Spencer) butt slap for Busch’s crew thrown in for good measure.

But the impromptu jog wasn’t all. When reporters were able to track Keselowski down, he had plenty to say. In a story posted on USAToday.com by Jeff Gluck, the often vocal driver unleashed on the younger of the racing Busch brothers.

“I got wrecked by a dirty driver,” Keselowski said. “There is no other way of putting it.”

But the comment that is more likely to get the attention of NASCAR officials was made earlier in front of live microphones. “I’m not going to stand for it, and he’s got more to lose,” he declared. “That’s one good thing about not being in Chase.”

As NASCAR showed just a few short weeks ago in the case of Michael Waltrip Racing’s shenanigans in Richmond, they don’t like for anyone to tamper with their Chase. And that most likely includes former Sprint Cup champions who didn’t happen to make the playoff this year.

As has been well documented, the 2013 version of the Chase is quickly becoming a three man race between Busch, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson. With Busch being a contender, he may be offered a hedge of protection by the sanctioning body to assure that its television partners will have their much coveted championship battle in the season’s final race.

So, one has to wonder if/when Keselowski will get the “Don’t mess with the Chase” lecture from NASCAR.

Granted, a little drama between two big stars can always be good for ratings, especially when one of them is the somewhat unpopular Kyle Busch. And the appearance that something might happen would almost certainly be welcomed. But again, the sacred cow in this sport is the Chase. It is not to be messed with.

I’m guessing that conversation between someone from NASCAR and Keselowski will take place prior to the waving of the green flag in Kansas on Sunday. It will likely be a private one, but it will probably take place.

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9 Responses to “Wonder if Keselowski will get a “Don’t mess with the Chase” lecture from NASCAR?”

  1. Sue Rarick Says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I’d say if it was anyone other than Kyle he’d get ‘The Talk’. Even if Keselowski took Kyle out on the last lap as he was leading the race the press would all line up and say Kyle deserved it and let it go. Nascar knows this and won’t do a thing.

  2. Jesse Says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Strange, you say Bush in the Toyota, but you don’t say what Keselowski is driving. Seems like they have you trained to.

  3. Mike Danvers Says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    If Nascar dealt with these problems on the track at the time there wouldn’t be a problem. At your local track, Busch caused the yellow flag, he’d be sent to the back while Keselowski was towed to the garage. In Nascar, Busch wrecks Keselowski, he goes to the garage, and Busch gets his spot. What could be wrong with that? So, drivers are forced to fix the problem that Nascar refuses to officiate until much later. You have video of wreck, make a call while they clean it up. Busch goes to the back, plain and simple. He even admitted he caused it. Now, you’ve got a problem that may last for 7 races and include others as innocent bystanders.

  4. Richard Allen Says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Jesse,

    Ahem… Read again.

    It was at that time when Kyle Busch’s Toyota made contact with Brad Keselowski to send the Penske Racing driver for a wild ride that ended with his Ford beaten and battered.

    Mike Danvers- Couldn’t agree more.

  5. Rich Norton Says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    None of this would be an issue if we didn’t have the “chase”. Neither of these clowns would be in a position to win the championship.

  6. Russ Says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I’m waiting for the NFL to start officiating games like Nascar.

  7. Tony Geinzer Says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I think with an Overcrowded and Disillusioned NASCAR and Stock Car Industry, its upsetting to see even On Track Issues and I think Brian France will lose his job with the divorce.

  8. kb Says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    The “talk” only comes when it could happen badly for the Brian’s favorite big name team on the receiving end of a punt. Nascar didn’t do a thing last year when Jeff had his temper tantrum and screwed around with “The Chase” particpants last year. Going after Bowyer during a race while being black flagged, a small fine and not a word about it from Nascar. Ah..the hypocrisy and favoritism by Nascar astounds.

  9. midasmicah Says:
    October 7th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I don’t know why nas$car doesn’t just put the chase cars on one track and put the other 30 cars on another track. The motto of the other 30 is “don’t mess with chase drivers.”