Brad Keselowski: Late-race incident with Daniel Suarez ‘a racing deal’
Brad Keselowski took to Twitter late Sunday to dismiss the notion that a late-race incident with Daniel Suarez in the Cup season finale was an intentional act to help teammate Joey Logano win the championship.
The incident occurred with 20 laps to go when Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, David Ragan and Suarez were four-wide entering Turn 1.
Ragan was beneath Keselowski when he got loose and washed up into him, who then made contact with Suarez.
That sent Suarez into a slide, which cut a tire and put enough debris on the track to create a caution.
After the field pitted, Logano was third on the final restart with 15 laps to go. Three laps later he took the lead from Martin Truex Jr.
“Just a racing deal,” Keselowski said on Twitter. "@ClintBowyer and I were racing hard for position with 5th place points battle on the line.
“We Came up on 2 lap cars and neither of us 4 gave an inch. Hate that it caused a yellow but the racing was legit.”
The Team Penske driver added that he thought he had “screwed the 22 team” as a result of the incident and benefitted Kyle Busch, who led the race after not making a green flag pit stop.
Keselowski went on to finish fifth.
Truex finished second in a failed attempt to defend his 2017 title. His No. 78 Toyota lacked the short-run speed needed over the final run.
His fortunes were the opposite from 2017 when he capitalized on a late caution that involved Suarez and won the title.
“(Suarez) brought the caution out last year which won us the championship,” Truex’s crew chief Cole Pearn said after the race. “This year it cost us the championship. You’ve got to be good, but you’ve got to have a bit of luck. At the end of the day, it just didn’t quite shake out.”
Honestly- at the time I thought it screwed the 22 team. Knew the 18 hadn’t pitted and this would put them in the lead...— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) November 19, 2018