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#1 Posted by Dogcat250 6 months 2 weeks ago
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Edwin Encarnacion led off the seventh with a homer to tie the game 3-3 and, with two out in the seventh, Munenori Kawasaki came through with the two-out single to score pinch-runner Steve Tolleson with what proved to be the winning run.AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick doesnt regret shoving Brad Keselowski from behind — a move that escalated a pit road brawl between Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and their teams — but acknowledged Friday that he could have behaved differently.I never look back on something as a regret, Harvick said Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. I think you look back on them as lessons.Still, Harvick readily admitted he loves the drama that the fight created — he just doesnt love having to one day explain his behaviour to toddler son Keelan.You guys know, I love the controversy, he said. In the end, the difficult part for me is to go home and realize one day youre going to have to answer those questions to your son.Keselowski said little about last week, and said he hasnt paid attention to the rhetoric in the days that followed the fight.I cant spend all my time worrying about the other people, he said. I have to worry about winning this weekend, this race, and this championship. Thats where my focus is and will continue to be.A lot of these conversations and a lot of these talking points are meant to serve as a distraction, so to sit here and really comment on a lot of them would really be to justify them. I know the things that Im doing are the right things.Harvick was most certainly trying to create a distraction — he and Keselowski are at the back of the eight-driver Chase field and both trying to claw their way into the finale. Harvick has always played the Machiavellian role in the NASCAR garage, and did again following last Sundays race at Texas Motor Speedway.Gordon was attempting to confront Keselowski on pit road when Harvick rushed in from behind and shoved Keselowski into the scrum. It ignited a brawl that left both Keselowski and Gordon bloodied, and four Hendrick Motorsports crewmen were suspended by NASCAR. In all, six Hendrick crew members were fined a total of $185,000 — a penalty Hendrick Motorsports will pay on their behalf.Harvick said he pushed Keselowski because he believed the driver should not ignore Gordon after an aggressive on-track move ruined Gordons race.Gordon also felt that Keselowski should have owned his aggressive driving during the confrontationIt escalated because Brad didnt want to face the situation, Gordon said Friday. His crew guys were in the middle of that. The thing I feel terrible about is getting my guys involved. In a face-to-face (between me and Brad) there would have been no incident. Kevin played a role, no doubt.I got wrecked a couple times by Dale Earnhardt. The first thing he did was try to put his arm around you and say, I didnt mean to do that. You didnt necessarily believe him, but it had an effect. Some guys you can race like that, and some you cant. Youre not out there to make friends, but youre definitely not oout there to make enemies.ddddddddddddGordon had been racing for the win until a late caution sent the race into overtime. He was the leader on a restart but Keselowski tried to wedge his car into a gap between Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. It caused Keselowski to make contact with Gordon, who then got a flat tire and spun.The result was a 29th-place finish for Gordon, who dropped from first to fourth in the standings as NASCAR prepares for Sundays final race of the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Four drivers will qualify Sunday to race for the championship in next weeks season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Harvick, Gordon and Keselowski are among the eight drivers vying Sunday for the four spots in the finale.With so much on the line, Harvick understood the move Keselowski made on the track. But he said he was bothered by Keselowskis refusal to have any sort of meaningful discussion after — an act he claims Keselowski has done throughout his career.I think he races hard and thats what were all supposed to do and in those positions youd probably do the same thing yourself, he said. The problem with it I have is Ive been in that situation with him before and had him turn his back on me and just walk off. ... He just kind of rubs me the wrong way when you turn your back on situations and walk off and mumble your way off into no mans land and not just handle the situation.I think in those situations, even if youre going to get yelled at, you need to handle it like it needs to be handled.Gordon, with several days to revisit the incident, also doesnt blame Keselowski for racing so hard with so much on the line. He also wondered if the flared side skirt on Keselowskis car — teams are pulling on the sheet metal during pit stops in an action NASCAR has so far said is not illegal — hit his tire and caused the flat.I have no issue with a guy being aggressive and making a bold move, said Gordon, who didnt think hed have tried to shoot the gap the way Keselowski did. Was there a big enough gap? Yeah, for a split second. I never realistically thought someone would take that as a realistic gap. I wouldnt have done it. I would have known what the results would be, which is what they were.Keselowski, as he always does, said he wont change to serve other drivers in the garage.I think the more I dig into becoming what someone else wants me to be, the less I stay who I am, Keselowski said. Who I am is someone who can win races and be a championship threat year over year with a great team that supports me. Im not looking to become what everyone else wants me to become.I feel pretty good about the actions Ive taken. Certainly Im not perfect. Ive made some bad ones, but I didnt make any bad ones last week and I still feel that way. ' ' '
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