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Neither Brad Keselowski nor NASCAR would confirm nor deny an Associated Press report Keselowski has been fined $25,000 for critical comments he made about NASCAR’s switch to fuel injection.
NASCAR has fined drivers the last two years for comments that it believes hurts the credibility of the sport. It hasn’t announced the fines, but drivers have confirmed they were fined.
Keselowski called NASCAR’s move to fuel injection next year “a disaster” and said that he doesn’t “see where the fans get anything from it” when talking to the media last week following an appearance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
“We did talk to Brad following his recent comments that were highly critical of the series moving to electronic fuel injection next season," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said in a statement. "We made it clear to him that these kind of comments are detrimental to the sport and we handled it accordingly with him.”
NASCAR is moving to fuel injection to be more like passenger cars and it is expected to be more fuel efficient than a carburetor system. Keselowski has tested the Penske Racing system and wasn't impressed.
“We’re not doing this because it’s better for the sport or better for the teams – I don’t even really think we’re going to save any gas,” Keselowski said last week. “It’s the media circus, trying to make you guys happy so you write good stories.
“It gives [NASCAR] something to promote, absolutely. And we’re always looking for something to promote. But the honest answer is it does nothing for the sport other than to cost the team owners money.”