Roger Penske throws full support behind Brad Keselowski after Texas

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“The Captain” has spoken, and spoken in defense of his driver Brad Keselowski following his second post-race altercation this 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup.

A statement out from Roger Penske released Monday indicates that he’ll continue to support the way Keselowski is racing, as he seeks further victories to add to his series-leading six this year in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup has provided great excitement and intense competition,” Penske said in the statement. “Brad Keselowski is a champion who competes to win in every race, which is what I expect of him. While the actions by others following the race in Texas were unfortunate, Brad has my 100 percent support as we now move on to Phoenix for the next stage of the NASCAR championship.”

This seems to follow nicely to Keselowski’s line in the post-race press conference, after finishing third and getting bloodied and called a “dip****”, that his first priority is to winning races for Penske.

“A lot of my strength personally comes from my team, whether that’s the guys how work on the team or my boss, Roger Penske,” Keselowski said Sunday night. “If Roger Penske came up to me tomorrow and said, Brad, you drove that race wrong, you shouldn’t have done what you did, it would affect me.

“But the management team at Penske tells me to drive the way I did and tells me there’s nothing to be ashamed of and continues to support me.  And they’re my boss.  My boss isn’t the other drivers in the field.  My boss is them.

“As long as they’re on my side, I feel strong and I feel proud and encouraged to continue.”

And that, he’ll do, as he seeks to advance into Homestead as one of the final four drivers eligible for the championship.