NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski took to social media after the race on Sunday to express his emotions after getting tangled up with Austin Dillon.
Dillon had playoff aspirations going into Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. He was in sixth place after just crossing the start-finish line at the end of stage two when his car made contact with the No. 2 Team Penske Ford driven by Brad Keselowski. As a result, Dillon’s No. 3 car spun out and hit the outside retaining wall on the track’s front stretch.
After the race, Keselowski had a chance to view the wreck from a third-person perspective. He retweeted footage of it on Twitter, saying it made him feel “sick to his stomach” that Dillon’s day ended that way.
“Watching this makes me sick to my stomach for Austin and his team,” Keselowski said. “He was crazy fast today and deserved better. Definitely not what either of us wanted to see.”
Obviously, Keselowski said that the contact was not intentional. He explained that both drivers had the same goal in mind and in the end, he’s just happy that Dillon is okay.
“With a lap to go we both wanted the stage point and I should have given him more room to avoid this. Glad he is ok.”
NASCAR Fans React to the Wreck Between Keselowski and Dillon
Meanwhile, NASCAR fans on Twitter were quick to shell out their own ideas of how things went down.
“I couldn’t for the life of me, understand what you were doing down there,” one follower said. “It looked like you drove right into him, intentionally or not. Sucks for him, especially since it was one of the few times in recent memory that he’s had a really strong car.”
One person described what happened simply as “bad timing” for both of the drivers.
“If you watch it slowly, you’ll see Austin think he’s clear of Brad and begin to move up,” another NASCAR fan explained. “Brad squeezed him for the side draft to the line but didn’t pull up to the outside quick enough for Austin’s move. It was truly just flat out bad timing on both of their parts.”
In the end, it was Ryan Blaney, the driver of the No. 12 Ford Mustang GT for Team Penske, who took home the win at the Firekeepers Casino 400. Thanks to his victory Sunday in Michigan — his second of the season — Blaney has most definitely helped his case to make the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. He was ranked 8th prior to Sunday’s race.
Brad Keselowski wound up finishing ninth in his home state of Michigan. And as for Austin Dillon, he finished 36 out of the 37-car field. However, he did earn 14 points thanks to finishing strong (third and sixth) at each stage break.