Those following my series on JTG Daugherty Racing this NASCAR season would know that I have a hatred for Brad Keselowski. This hatred began brewing on lap 195 of the Daytona 500 when Keselowski intentionally spun out Ricky Stenhouse while both were in the Top-10 with five laps to go. Since buying into Roush Fenway Racing, Keselowski has been like a baby Kyle Busch being overly aggressive on the field, which makes for fun racing, just not when it affects your favorite driver.
Many on Twitter have speculated that this aggression and attitude we see from Keselowski this season is a marketing strategy to bring more attention to the RFK Racing brand. While Keselowski now has numerous haters, his plan does seem to be working since each week RFK Racing has been in the headlines of news articles and the center of conversation on social media.
This week, Keselowski has lost a significant amount of credibility as an owner-driver for modifying a part on his car for the race in Atlanta. Before the race, Keselowski was sent to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments to his vehicle. The severity of the violations were discovered during teardown inspection following the race weekend. As a result, Keselowski has been penalized 100 points and ten playoff points, and the team has been deducted 100 owner points, putting the #6 car 35th (last place for full-time drivers) in the standing.
Before Keselowski's points were deducted, he was sitting in sixteenth and had the season ended yesterday, he would've been the last driver to compete in the playoffs. As a result of Keselowski getting caught cheating, Ricky Stenhouse will bump up to twenty-second and have 69 points more than Keselowski.
Kyle Busch had always been my least favorite driver, but it's safe to say that Keselowski has taken that title without question. I can deal with an aggressive driving style and diva-ish attitude, but when you cheat and throw a fit when you don't get your way, you're no better than the dirt on the bottom of my boots