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Keselowski: We, as NASCAR, have a lot to prove going forward

Sep 14, 2013, 7:45 PM EST

Brad Keselowski AP

For 10 more races, Brad Keselowski still holds the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. And as an ambassador for the sport, Keselowski lived up to his champion title in describing how NASCAR will weather the storm of controversy that has emerged in the last week.

“It’s been a crazy week for our sport,” Keselowski said in a phone interview Saturday where we also discussed his likeness being used in Ubisoft’s new video game, “Watch Dogs,” which is set in Chicago.

“We have a lot to prove to our fans and really, to ourselves about who we are and what makes our sport tick. I think the sport is up to the challenge.”

Keselowski acknowledged the challenge that NASCAR faces in trying to restore some of its credibility.

“It’s somewhat offensive to all of us who have been involved with this sport for so long, that the credibility is being challenged. But it’s being challenged for good reason, though,” he admitted. “Things were done that shouldn’t have been done.”

Without going into specifics, Keselowski seemed pleased with the discussion from this morning’s closed-door meeting organized by NASCAR.

“We got together and the conversation was directed at a few more people other than us,” he explained. “We were just watching, and listening, and figuring out how it all works going forward. Obviously (NASCAR) are frustrated just like everyone; quite frankly they mean business.”

Having fielded his own entries in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series before, Keselowski also has the unique perspective of a team owner. But delegation to key people allows him to focus on his primary responsibility as a driver.

“I rely on people. Everyone looks at this sport as I’m the driver, and I get a lot of the glory. I get probably 99 percent of the credit and do maybe 1 percent of the work,” he said. “You have to have people manage the team, and then I can walk in and make sure they’re following the vision I have for it.”

He did poke fun at himself, as there have been a handful of times where he and NASCAR have butted heads over opinions for how to grow the sport.

“The easiest way to sum it up is I’m glad it’s not me that’s involved,” he said. “It’s some drama that’s not my fault!”

Keselowski finished second in Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race and starts second behind Joey Logano, his Penske Racing teammate, in Sunday’s Cup race.

Further posts on “Watch Dogs” and Keselowski’s take on Logano’s Chase chances will follow in the coming days.

  1. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Please tell me the fallout continues with Mikey barred from the “sport”.

    • blmn61140 - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      Iwouldn’t bar him from the sport but a 2-year ban from the chase for all MWR cars would certainly get his attention…and his sponsors.

    • rodneyjewell18 - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      Mikey is a monkey and Clint is a clown. They should both be ashamed of their antics last week and their continued lying and denying of the truth. Neither of these snakes in the grass has owned up to their actions yet. They think we are all dumb. clowns!!

  2. manik56 - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    MWR did nothing wrong. I still have a hard time believing everyone is so upset. Nelson Piquet Jr this is not.

    • mazblast - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      If MWR “did nothing wrong”, I’d hate to see what your idea of “wrong” is. What they did was manipulation of who gets into the “playoffs” so blatant that it would have David Stern cringing.

  3. worknman24hours - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Brad gives me gas…no really,he gives me gas everytime he opens his mouth.

    I’m farting right now as I type.

    BK-eat a burger and shut the flap up.

    “We…as NASCAR…” ….like he’s President of the United States.

    LOL.

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