Roger Penske defends Keselowski, says other drivers “jealous” of his success


Brad Keselowski’s reputation in the Sprint Cup garage appeared to take a hit following last weekend’s post-race proceedings at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Keselowski was able to shake it off and win today’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway to advance to the Eliminator Round of the Chase.

But it was clear in his initial post-race comments in Victory Lane that the Charlotte incidents were not something he was thrilled with.

Naturally, the conversation in Keselowski’s post-race presser veered toward Charlotte – in particular, how he didn’t get down on himself as some of his peers criticized him for what he did.

But after Keselowski said his piece on the subject – which involved him talking about making peace with the fact there would be “uncomfortable moments” as he came up in the sport – his boss stepped in.

“Number one, these guys are jealous of the job he’s done this year,” said Keselowski’s team owner, Roger Penske. “He’s won six races.  He’s made poles. He’s been up front. Nobody likes to see a guy win like that. The fact that he has a little edge on him, he’s continually delivering, obviously I think makes a difference.”

Penske then made reference to the hard racing that Keselowski endured at Charlotte.

“If everybody understood what happened on the racetrack last week, when you get your rear fender knocked off on a restart, you get your front fender knocked off on a pass-by, I want him to get mad,” he said.  “I don’t want him to take it.”

“So to me coming back, we talked about it Sunday night, I said, ‘Let’s just go on, do our test [at Martinsville] during the week, move on here. ‘Brad’, I said, ‘put it in the rearview mirror.'”

Keselowski has maintained that Matt Kenseth damaged the right-front section of his car as he took a wave-around during the final restart of the Charlotte race – an apparent retaliation for Kenseth being run up into the wall by Keselowski on a previous restart with 63 laps left (Kenseth said on Friday that Keselowski “greatly exaggerated” the wave-around incident).

The two then tangled again at the conclusion of the Bank of America 500 when Kenseth was side-swiped by Keselowski at the entrance to pit road. Finally, Kenseth jumped Keselowski from behind as the latter was walking between haulers.

Earlier this week, NASCAR fined Keselowski $50,000 over the sequence of events. But while Penske admitted that there “was maybe some banging which was maybe not called for,” he made clear that he doesn’t mind Keselowski showing emotion.

“Look, I like him,” Penske added. “He’s a great driver. We have a long-term relationship with him. If he wants to get a little upset sometimes, that’s okay with me. We’ll let NASCAR figure out if he’s over the line or not.

“I guess it cost us 50 grand. I’ll take 50 grand and the win this week. Wouldn’t you?”

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Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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