Brad Keselowski is known for running his mouth and while some NASCAR fans simply hate that about him, it is what endears him to other fans around the world. In fact, Brad Keselowski’s ability to tell it like it is, no matter the consequence, is what makes him refreshing to watch on the track and in interviews
With that being said, the former Cup series champion landed another zinger on NASCAR when asked about the new restrictor format that the sport has been thinking about implementing. While some fans are on board with the move, especially since they believe it will improve the on track product, Keselwoski is skeptical on the matter.
“I think there are a lot of fans that come to our races expecting to see the best drivers,” Keselowski said. “I think if you put a package like this out there, like we had at the All-Star race, on a consistent basis that the best drivers in the world will no longer go to NASCAR. They will pick a different sport. That won’t happen overnight. It would happen over time and be a tragedy to the sport.
NASCAR is reportedly in the process of deciding what if they want to use the restrictor plate packages at 1.5 mile tracks moving foward and were seemingly very happy with what they have seen so far from the package change. NASCAR used a restrictor plate for The 2018 All star race at Charlotte, which made the race the most competitive it had in years.
NASCAR also implemented the restrictor plate package for The Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has also seen some positive results as well. Of course the hope is that the package makes the product more exciting to watch for fans and while Keselowski disagrees with the idea, he believes NASCAR should be given the time to think about it.
“I think they are in the process of that and I don’t think it is concluded,” Brad Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR premier-series champion, said during his media availability at Michigan International Speedway ahead of the FireKeepers Casino 400. “In fairness to NASCAR, they deserve the time to do that.”
Keselowski isn’t the only driver to speak out on the controversial format change that could be coming to NASCAR soon, as Car owner, Richard Childress spoke out on the matter as well. Unfortunately for Keselowski and any other driver not looking to level the playing field with a restrictor plate package, Childress seems to be behind the idea.
“My hats are off to NASCAR for looking at different packages for our product out there,” Childress said. “Like everything, when you very first start running like this, I’m sure they’ll tweak on it a little bit, but I was impressed by how close the field was. I looked up after quite a few laps, and nobody had been lapped.”
Austin Dillon echoed that sentiment, stating,”“I think there’s a lot of driver skill left in it, truthfully,” Dillon said. “Just making the right moves, it’s a real chess match out there, and putting yourself in a good position is very key.”
What are your thoughts? Should NASCAR be weary of the format change causing drivers not to compete in NASCAR anymore? Does restrictor plate racing take the skill out of NASCAR? Let us know in the comments below!