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“We’re not rudders” – Keselowski says NASCAR “can’t have cars leaving the ground”

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After Joey Logano’s accident at Talladega Superspeedway, Brad Keselowski has asked NASCAR to find a way to stop cars from leaving the ground.

In the final lap of the race, Logano was turned by Denny Hamlin while racing down the backstretch. The No. 22 Ford was hit by Ricky Stenhouse Jr.s car, as a result of which the No. 22’s rear wheels went off the ground. Then, William Byron’s car seemed to come in contact with Logano’s, lifting him not just off the ground but also making the car to go through a number of barrel rolls.

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Keselowski might have won the race but he was unpleased to see his teammate go through such an accident.

“I mean, no doubt we got to find a way to keep cars on the ground,” Keselowski said. “I don’t care what the (aero) rules package is. We start there – can’t have cars leaving the ground.”

“We’re pretty good drivers, but none of that stuff works when we’re in the air – the gas pedal, brake pedal, steering wheel, shifter,” Keselowski said. “We’re not rudders. When that thing gets in the air, it lands where it wants to.

“What goes up must come down. It’s not a jet-propelled airplane. We have no way to control where it comes down, so we absolutely have to find a way to keep them from coming off the ground.”

Logano blamed the current aerodynamics rules package that resulted in his accident, but Keselowski was more diplomatic in his answer about the aerodynamic rules.

“This particular rules package, my feelings on it, it’s so easy to build a run, incredibly easy to build a run,” he said. “I don’t know if you have to have quite as much tact. But it does make for more side-by-side racing. I think the fans like that. There’s some tradeoffs.

“As for whether or not it causes the cars to go airborne or not, I would let the aero guys probably answer that better than I could.”

NASCAR officials have stated that they will look more into Logano’s car with Team Penske officials after the car comes back to North Carolina. While NASCAR won’t be using the same model in the Cup Series again this season, the 2021 schedule still two superspeedway races left.

“I think when cars kind of take flight because of impacts, I think we all just assume that’s the way it’s going to be. If you run over somebody, somebody hits you, gets things moving, that’s one thing,” said Travis Geisler, Team Penske’s competition director.

“When a car kind of takes off on its own, that’s a different level of concern from an industry standpoint. We need to spend some time looking at it. We’ll go through the car (on Monday) with NASCAR, with a lot more of a mind for inspection on what happened to the car.

“There’s only two more (superspeedway races) left, but one more race left is too many if you’re not 100-percent sure you’re as safe as you can be. We’ll do what we can there, try to learn with the NASCAR folks, try to address anything we can.”

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2 thoughts on ““We’re not rudders” – Keselowski says NASCAR “can’t have cars leaving the ground””

  1. James Walker

    Does anyone proof read or edit before this stuff goes to print. Last lap , what the h!!!

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