Keselowski: “I haven’t put a lot of thought” into Charlotte post-race incidents


Brad Keselowski, the center of last Saturday’s post-race controversy at Charlotte Motor Speedway, said today that he hadn’t pondered over the incidents enough to determine if he regretted them.

“I am not really ready to get into that side of it,” Keselowski said to reporters at Talladega. “I haven’t put a lot of thought into it to be honest. I have been busy testing Martinsville and getting ready for this weekend.

“It is a huge weekend for me and our team where we have to really pull out a clutch moment and I don’t want to lose sight of that by spending a whole bunch of time on all that other garbage.

“I am not going to say I haven’t spent any time on it, but I didn’t spend enough to really have all my thoughts and feelings put together enough to share it with you guys.”

Keselowski helped ignite the post-race fireworks when he attempted to spin Denny Hamlin on the cool-down and then hit both Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart at the entrance of pit road.

He then had Stewart back into his car, was chased by Hamlin through a garage area, and got attacked from behind by Kenseth after walking in between haulers.

The brouhaha earned Keselowski a $50,000 fine and probation for the next four races (Stewart got a $25,000 fine and the same amount of probation).

“It is what it is,” Keselowski said about the punishment. “I didn’t have a big reaction. Maybe I should have had a bigger one, I don’t know. I thought [Sprint Cup Series managing director] Richard Buck was really classy and I thought that was really nice of him. It isn’t something that I didn’t understand.”

However, Keselowski tried to stay mum about today’s comments from Kenseth regarding last Saturday – which included an accusation that Keselowski was “greatly exaggerating” an incident between them during the final yellow of the race.

When first asked about his reaction to those comments, Keselowski’s response was: “Do I have to have one? I am just ready to go race here.”

However, he eventually added: “[Kenseth] is always entitled to his opinion as I am to mine. We are both entitled to our opinions. Obviously, we have a difference of them or what happened Saturday wouldn’t have happened.”

Needless to say, the Charlotte incident figures to be a distraction for Keselowski, who is behind the Eliminator Round cutoff by 19 points going into Sunday’s GEICO 500 elimination race.

But while Keselowski admitted that he’d be frustrated if he failed to advance on Sunday, he said he wouldn’t “go home and cry in [his] milk” if it came to that.

“That will be tough but it happens,” he said. “I am not preparing to fail but I am proud of what we have done this year…We have a lot to be proud of, led a lot of laps, won races and won poles. It is almost a career year.

“There is a lot to take away from it, but I am not giving up on it either. I am okay. I am in a good spot.”

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

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Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.