Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski is known for speaking what’s on his mind, but not everyone seems to agree with him all the time.
On Thursday during an event at Ford Headquarters, Keselowski made a few comments in an interview surrounding Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing as reported by USA Today. The reigning champion talked about how both teams have benefited from raiding Ford teams and hiring employees to join their organizations.
Keselowski mentioned how several members of the Ford teams have moved to different teams, and that the top mechanics and several other key members had left for higher positions or for more money.
Once word of Keselowski’s comments reached both organizations, both team owners, Rick Hendrick and Joe Gibbs, weren’t too thrilled with him. Hendrick described Keselowski’s comments as ‘misinformed’, while Gibbs called the comments ‘misguided’.
In a statement to USA Today, Hendrick addressed the comments and mentioned how some hires did occur, but it was with former Penske Racing employees whose contracts had ended. Hendrick also mentioned that everything was part of doing business in a competitive environment.
This isn’t the first time that Keselowski’s comments have landed him in a bit of hot water. Following the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, he made some comments after both Penske Racing teams violated the NASCAR rulebook. Following the penalty, he mentioned to the media that NASCAR had targeted the teams.
Keselowski is one of the very few drivers that speak what’s on their mind regardless if anyone agrees with them or not. People may not always like what he has to say, but Keselowski definitely adds more to the season, whether it’s on or off the track.