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Brad Keselowski agrees to disagree with NASCAR penalties

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10:18 AM ET 04.20 | Brad Keselowski's take on the penalties NASCAR slammed his Penske Racing team with earlier this week? "We're in an 'agree to disagree' stage," he said Friday after he finished qualifying for Sunday's STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. "There's, thankfully, a third panel to settle those disagreements." Keselowski was referring to the appeal process that will settle the issue that cropped up before last Saturday's race at Texas, when he and teammate Joey Logano's cars were found to have illegal rear-end parts. Keselowski and Logano were both docked 25 championship points for the infractions, while their respective crew chiefs -- Paul Wolfe and Todd Gordon -- were fined $100,000, suspended for six races and put on probation until Dec. 31. Friday was the first time Keselowski spoke extensively about the penalties. He was in a much calmer mood than he was after the Texas race, when he said the way NASCAR was treating his team was "absolutely shameful."

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April 20, 2013  11:16 AM ET

In other words.. He's guilty.. but he ain't going to admit it

April 20, 2013  03:36 PM ET
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In other words.. He's guilty.. but he ain't going to admit it

for sure.....he just has to huff & puff so he won't look so bad.......pssst Brad....that does not work, you know.

April 21, 2013  02:35 PM ET

Looks like candy boy needs to get a substitute driver at Kansas ... the place just bites him in the south end ...

April 21, 2013  05:37 PM ET
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Looks like candy boy needs to get a substitute driver at Kansas ... the place just bites him in the south end ...

i enjoyed every second of it

April 21, 2013  05:54 PM ET

Lost it twice -- seems to have run out of talent ...

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April 21, 2013  07:12 PM ET

Hamlin told USA TODAY Sports' Nate Ryan on Saturday that while he's still hoping to return to his home track at Richmond, his doctors are 75 percent sure he'll be back for Talladega on May 5. However, Hamlin said if he started that race, he'd switch to a backup driver at the first caution.

^-- that would probably be a wise decision, assuming he wasn't part of the first caution


Hamlin tweeted: I know Joey felt bad but he doesn't have to keep falling in the points on my count :) #seeyasoon

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April 21, 2013  08:47 PM ET
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Gonna be tough for Denny to climb up into the chase based on points alone, but wins are the wild card and he should just wait til he is completely healthy cuz he can win on any given Sunday.

not that i disagree but him starting talladega and climbing out would still get him the points which would help him from falling in the standings more.. he's in 26th right now and needs to be in the top 20 for the wild card.. he's 42 points out of 20th and you have to figure if he doesn't start richmond he will drop another 20-30 points.. might be a tough hill to climb if he doesn't get any points for the next 3-4 races

April 21, 2013  09:43 PM ET
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Your KB envy is showing.

HeHeHe -- after being away for a few months, it doesn't take me one post to jaz you up again ... just keep lickin' on the candy -- your idol candy boy is enjoying it!!

April 21, 2013  09:47 PM ET
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Gonna be tough for Denny to climb up into the chase based on points alone, but wins are the wild card and he should just wait til he is completely healthy cuz he can win on any given Sunday.

AGREE -- he needs to heal before climbing back in the cockpit again ... he ducked a bullet...

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April 22, 2013  07:20 PM ET
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not that i disagree but him starting talladega and climbing out would still get him the points which would help him from falling in the standings more.. he's in 26th right now and needs to be in the top 20 for the wild card.. he's 42 points out of 20th and you have to figure if he doesn't start richmond he will drop another 20-30 points.. might be a tough hill to climb if he doesn't get any points for the next 3-4 races

I think Nascar probably does not want Denny to even be considered, why? well wouldn't it water down the entire Championship if a driver that sat out 3+ races were to be crowned champ?

Granted if he finishes in the top 20 he is technically eligible, and if he does and he makes the chase would they change the rules next year to prevent this happening again, I think they would.

April 22, 2013  07:36 PM ET
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AGREE -- he needs to heal before climbing back in the cockpit again ... he ducked a bullet...

For sure.....besides, getting the doc's okay to drive and actually enduring a long race or two, will be tough enough for his back.......he needs to go slow....that will get him the best results for this year.......but I do understand the urge to get back to it.

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April 23, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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HeHeHe -- after being away for a few months, it doesn't take me one post to jaz you up again ... just keep lickin' on the candy -- your idol candy boy is enjoying it!!

The guy from Texas that was riling things up has left the building, glad you are here to pick up the slack.

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