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Brad Keselowski says NASCAR lacking ethics

Posted on: October 29, 2011 2:15 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2011 3:07 pm
By Pete Pistone

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(Keselowski believes some ethics and sportsmanship are missing in NASCAR of late)

Last week's wide range of controversies got the attention of Brad Keselowski who questioned some of the ethical standards around NASCAR racing.

Between team orders, alliances broken, cheating allegations and penalties being assessed, Keselowski said this weekend at Martinsville Speedway the last few days have not been NASCAR's most stellar.

"You know for me, I think every person, every driver, every team, car owner, whatever it might be, has (their own code of honor). It’s certainly something I place very, very high; that’s why I’m driving for Roger Penske," said Keselowski. "I think you can look at things like that and you can see who a driver picks to drive for and you can kind of get a mindset, so to speak, of how they feel about it. Roger, I think, is at the top of the list in my opinion. There have been times where I’ve had conversations with Roger and ask him why are certain things not done on the car and he’s told me point-blank, ‘Hey, this is something that is a little grey and I don’t live in the grey area, it’s not how I run my race teams, it’s not how I’m going to run my race teams. And if I lose races because I’m not in the grey area, I’ll accept that so that I don’t have to answer for the races that I’ve won and been yelled at, or discredited, or had the asterisk put next to me for some sort of violation’. I have a tremendous amount of respect for that."

Keselowski said he understands the pressure that's asociated with competing at NASCAR's highest levels but that it shouldn't come with the price of losing sportsmanship or respect for the sport.

"It’s easy to fall into temptation of sorts to push it a little bit harder. I think we all come back to it sometime, whatever individual code we have, and mine is a reflection of who I drive for. That can be tough. It can certainly be tough. As far as where my line is at, it’s not an easy answer to give. I want to win as bad as anyone else, sometimes more. I don’t want that win to be discredited in any way shape or form. If that means I have to lose a few to make sure that the wins I have are credited the right way, then I’ll do that.

"I guess it’s tough because one of my defining moments in my career was my first win at Talladega. I think some people may have questioned the integrity of that win and how far I was willing to go. But I see that completely different than what we’ve seen as of late. You know, there’s a question of integrity when you maybe stop on the race track to cause a yellow. There’s a question of integrity when you maybe have something illegal with your car that you know about and so forth and things of that nature. Those are certainly huge questions of integrity. I’m not going to say that I’m always innocent, but I’m trying to make sure that I win without those things. Those are different, in my opinion at least, than what I went through there at Talladega because they’re further reaching."

Keslowski questioned how some of the most recent controversies will impact how NASCAR is viewed from those both sinide and outside the sport.

"When you look at the sport, the perception is, and it always has been, that stock car racing is about drivers," he said. "That’s why drivers get the most pay and sponsors go with the drivers. It’s not supposed to be about who has the best cars. It never has been. It does always kind of morph its way into that. I guess what I’m trying to say about that is that it’s important to the honor and credibility of the sport that a driver wins the race.

"If you win the race by a bump-and-run, that to me is ethical. Man, that’s great. That’s where I stand. If you win a race because you have a cheated-up part that nobody else had and your car is faster, I think that kind of goes against the integrity of the sport and what has made NASCAR so successful to date. So I think that there are two distinct lines so to speak. I guess that’s a tough question to answer, I guess that what I’m trying to say." 

Asked to speak to which of the recent issues most got his attention Keselowski added one in that was a bit surprising.

"Wow, there are so many of them, I can’t list them all," Keselowski said. "This was a rough week. To be honest, some people would point at what I just said about Waltrip’s cars, but I didn’t really make that much of that one to be honest. I thought that was just racing, so forth. You know, whatever happened with Jimmie (Johnson), we’ll never know on that car. So, I don’t see how you can really point your finger at that deal. We’ll never know; I don’t have answers on it. So, it just kind of is what it is. I thought it was remarkable, kind of, the truck race to be honest was remarkable to me the things the 3 truck got away with. That would probably be the big one. I thought that was remarkable." 

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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:25 pm

Brad Keselowski: paragon of ethical behavior

It is really, really funny when someone who has angered almost every driver on the track with overly-aggressive driving lectures about ethics.  As for trying to get an edge in the shop, it is older than NASCAR itself.
I almost hope Keselowski wins the chase, even though Smoke and Edwards are my two favorite drivers who currently have a chance.  It's great when a lightning rod for controversy is at the top of the sport.  It would also make for some amusing storylines going into next year. 

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:22 am

Brad Keselowski says NASCAR lacking ethics

Craig, if you had watched Brad had to restart the car.  He got it refired and he took off and didn't lose a lap.  He wasn't trying for the caution.  He had to restart the car. 

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:04 am

Brad Keselowski says NASCAR lacking ethics

Way to go Brad. Integrity is essential in all aspects of life. And for Roger to say those things and his actions support that, is awsome.

The guy talking about watching for one driver is completely idiotic to think his driver was the only driver worth watching.

I agree with being a race fan includes respecting the race and the sport. Understanding the sport so you will realize it's not just driving in circles, and you can spot the difference between talent, equipment, pit road crew etc.

It's actually a team sport and real race fans know that. the guy who was rooting for Martin was probably an innaugral Viagra user and that's the only reason why. Because a true Martin fan would know how awsome he was all the time and how he influenced the ethics this Kid Brad is talking about.

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:08 am

Brad Keselowski says NASCAR lacking ethics

You know, there’s a question of integrity when you maybe stop on the race track to cause a yellow.
Ironic comment seeing as how he tried to do that exact thing at Martinsville yesterday with just 3 laps to go.  Had to be TOLD to keep racing as the yellow wasn't coming out for him.

I like Brad just fine (he's not my driver but I don't dislike the kid either) but if he's going to pontificate about ethics and then start supplying examples, he really ought to try and actually display those same ethics the first chance he gets after calling them out. 

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 8:47 pm

Brad Keselowski says NASCAR lacking ethics

The lack of ethics and integrity is exactly what draws the fans to this "sport".  Folks who like true competition, fair play, and sportsmanship know to look elsewhere than NASCAR for those qualities.  THis young man better watch his back, the powers-that-bee in NASCAR are incredibly vindictive and petty (unless it involves Richard Childress - he and his team can do as they please).  I have a new favorite racer, but his intelligence and honesty won't make him a fan favorite.  No wants to be told that wrestling isn't real.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 8:38 am

Brad Keselowski says NASCAR lacking ethics

Intersting place for a political diatribe, an article about NASCAR being commented on by a guy who professes to not care about Nascar. I'm thinking he uses his blue collar vote to protect hedge fund managers too.

Of the many comments I could heartily disagree with, I'll stick to the first. Most racing fans go to see R-A-C-I-N-G. Except in downhill skiing, it takes at least 2 to have a real race. Considering a race 'over and boring' because one's fave driver is having an off day and won't win is not really being a racing fan, it's being a driver fan.

There's room for driver fans, just ask Jeff Gordon... but most people who follow and go and read about the sport are into the sport... not just a driver.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 7:02 pm

Brad Keselowski says NASCAR lacking ethics

Here's my opinion from a long time NASCAR fan that doesn't care anymore about the sport. The only reason I went to Talladega every year was to see my favorite driver, Mark Martin.  The price to go got out of hand and he would wreck on lap 20 and I would be sitting there bored. So I don't go. NASCAR races were an escape from blue collar work but now your driver get slapped on the wrist if they say a cuss word after the race. To corporate....The lucky dog....Don't pass down there...BULL. So you now have about 3 drivers that can win it all in a place that sits 130,000 people. If you don't pull for that driver why go. Guys like Martin will just pull out of the way and let them go. Before the chase you may have had that one guy that was going to win the chapionship but you had guys needing the money for the WIN. They didn't depend so much on sponsor money, they just wanted to race. Now corporations hire drivers. Again we try to escape the man on Sunday.

NASCAR has tried to make the playing field even. Johnson and his team do something different than everyone else, cheating I don't know but how is it in this day and time he turns it on when he needs to? He's not that much better than everyone else. He's cheating some way to win 5 straight and to all the sudden run great in the last 6 races of the year, every year. C'mon people wake up, it's right in front of you.

Also fans of NASCAR are middle class people and we're hurting right now and have been for many years. We have leaders (without pointing fingers) that threaten to take our small savings, raise our healthcare and try to scare us into voting for them as they keep the middle class down.  I'm not saying occupy wall street here or hate the companies you work for. The only way to improve NASCAR and all these other sports that have raised prices is to do what you're doing now, don't go. And you need to elect better people. Hope has never paid a bill. We got burned once, don't be fooled again. Then maybe the people with money will start spending and hiring again. They're sending a message and you can too.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 6:50 pm

Brad Keselowski says NASCAR lacking ethics

I think the chase has saved NASCAR in some ways. It's nice to be able to reset and have your driver get back in the game. It happens in all sports. You can go undefeated in the NFL and lose your 1st playoff game. Makes it more exciting to watch. They could really make the chase better if they only scored the chase drivers against themselves. the worst finishing chase driver gets 12th place points and the best finishing driver gets 1st place points, it would keep the chase drivers closer together and really make the end of the season races more exciting. Right now, out of the 12 chasers, only 4, maybe 5 have a real shot at the championship. I hated the days when we had a champion crowned with 3-4 races left. Made the final races mean less in the overall picture.

Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 4:19 pm

Brad Keselowski says NASCAR lacking ethics

Brad makes some good points as does Tony Sewart in his recent comments. Drivers are frustrated and so are the fans. There always have been cheaters in NASCAR, always. That has no effect on the popularity of the sport, if your drivers gets caught, he's still your driver. If the other guy gets caught, you just hate him more. Most people that hate NASCAR, will always hate it, those of us that love it will always love it. I think the 2 things killing NASCAR are 1. the economy and 2. the chase format. I would love to be able to afford to go to more races. The chase is a huge failure. It's killing NASCAR, literally.

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