It’s not hard to see that Toyota teams have been the best in the Cup Series. Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin have combined for eight wins in the first 26 races and are all in the top seven in the points standings.
Friday, Toyota cars posted the top four practice speeds for Sunday’s race at Chicago. After practice was over, Brad Keselowski — who drives a Ford — had this to say:
We are all in for a rude awakening.
Haven't seen NASCAR let a manufacturer get this far ahead since the 70s https://t.co/LttpCz9vJZ
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) September 15, 2017
Busch, who has developed quite a rivalry with Keselowski, had a mature comeback.
Busch then had to say something else too. The two drivers made contact at Watkins Glen in August and in the Xfinity Series race at Michigan in June. Both times Busch went spinning.
I think he is infatuated w running into me anyway. https://t.co/sXWEklTDz2
— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) September 15, 2017
Busch wasn’t the only one who jumped to defend Toyota from Keselowski’s tweet. Truex Jr.’s crew chief Cole Pearn asked if Keselowski was born in the 1970s (the answer is no).
Were you alive in the 70s ?
— Cole Pearn (@colepearn) September 15, 2017
And here’s what Hamlin had to say.
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) September 15, 2017
The playoff points for Hamlin’s win at Darlington were taken away because his car didn’t pass inspection.
It’s worth noting that Keselowski didn’t accuse the Toyota teams of breaking any rules. While we understand Toyota guys wanting to defend themselves, this feels like a stereotypical internet argument where the reaction to the initial reaction ends up amplifying the situation far more than necessary.
NASCAR has previously made changes to manufacturers’ cars if they feel a certain car make has an advantage over the others. The sanctioning body hasn’t taken those steps with Toyota, and it’s unlikely it will before the playoffs are over.
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