Brad Keselowski claims Toyota is sandbagging after qualifying
Ford drivers took 1st, 2nd and 3rd after Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at Michigan International Speedway. Brad Keselowski will start from the pole, in his home race.
That came as a surprise to me. Apparently, it was also a surprise to the polesitter himself, Brad Keselowski. But, the Ford driver has a theory:
“About this time every year NASCAR takes all the cars to kind of check to make sure that the competitive balance is where they want it to be, and I think we’ve seen the last two or three weeks that the Toyota cars are pretty dominant,” Keselowski said.
The Team Penske Ford driver continued, “We had a strong suspicion that those guys would kind of tune it down this weekend, so not to post a pretty big number in inspection that maybe balanced back out the competition, and potentially that’s right because our team hasn’t done much differently and those guys are just not as fast as they’ve been the last few weeks.
Brad Keselowski concluded, “So we’ll know for certain at the end of the week based on whether NASCAR takes the cars after the race today.”
This is multiple weeks in a row that Brad Keselowski has commented on the speed of the Toyota racecars. These most recent comments have sparked a response from the Toyota camp.
Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr responded to this news with an eye roll emoji. His crew chief responded with a squirrel emoji [nuts].
Denny Hamlin used words, “#Fakenews by someone trying to control the rhetoric.”
Until yesterday, Toyota drivers have won the last 5 pole positions, in a row. Beyond qualifying, Toyota’s have won 4 out of the last five races. The exception being Indianapolis where Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch crashed late while racing for the lead.
Author: Shane Walters