Following NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point leader Brad Keselowski being fined $25,000 for having a cell phone inside of his car and tweeting during a red flag situation at last week’s race in Phoenix a legend inside of the sport has some vocal comments for the governing bodies of stock car’s highest level of racing.
Hall-of-Fame driver and seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Richard Petty has recently come forward and vocalized his feelings regarding the Keselowski situation. The driver nicknamed “the King” said that he felt NASCAR was being “hypocritical ” for fining Keselowski for the incident.
On Saturday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR’s final race of the season Petty said, “I think it’s hypocritical because he [did] it at Daytona, and then NASCAR had a big meeting with everybody and said, ‘Oh! Man! That’s great. Everybody go out there and do it just as much as you can.’ And then they say, ‘Whoo! You ain’t supposed to do it in a race car.’ I don’t think that was in the rulebook. I think they made that one up as they went.”
Petty was referring to the fact that Keselowski also did the same thing back in February at the season-opening race in Daytona and in the process picked up an additional 100,000 followers on Twitter which in turn gained more exposure for the sport. Keselowski wasn’t fined for that incident but was for the second on which led Petty to make those remarks.
Keselowski will attempt to win his first Cup Series Championship on Sunday by holding of five-time champion Jimmie Johnson at Homestead-Miami Speedway. If Keselowski finishes in at least 15th place or 16th place and lead at least one lap then he will cement his name in history.