Richard Childress Threatens Physical Assault on Brad Keselowski for Wrecking Austin Dillon

Published 08/26/2021, 2:06 PM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 10: Team owner Richard Childress stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


At the Michigan International Speedway, Brad Keselowski drew the ire of the Richard Childress Racing team. During the race, he tangled with Austin Dillon and took him out of the race. Needless to say, he won’t be getting any Christmas cards from Dillon, and certainly not from Richard Childress himself.

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Although Keselowski was pretty apologetic, Childress was downright furious. He raged on the radio, “Wrecked him on purpose. I’m an old man, but I can kick his a**”. For his part, Keselowski insisted on the radio that he never meant to punt him out of the race.

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Meanwhile, in the buildup to the race, eventual race winner Ryan Blaney turned on his psychic powers to predict a good day. However, things did not start out well for him, as he reported some chatter on the front tyres. Owing to that, he was getting loose quite often, and he was not the only one. Denny Hamlin also reported some issues with his front tyres, namely heavy vibrations.

How did the race pan out for Richard Childress Racing?

Things looked a little better when the Rchard Childress Racing team told Tyler Reddick that he was the fastest car. However, the driver reported that his car was cycling between too loose or too tight. Meanwhile, Dillon went into strategy mode, especially since Reddick was out of the point-scoring positions. In the end, he finished the opening stage in 3rd place, behind Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson.

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Admittedly, Stage 2 was a bit quiet for the RCR outfit, as neither driver featured in the Top 3. However, as Dillon and Keselowski approached the finish line, they tangled and the former was nearly airborne. In the immediate aftermath, Larson, Blaney and Reddick expressed their concern for Dillon.

FORT WORTH, TX – APRIL 11: Austin Dillon, driver of the #51 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet, sits in his car during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gen-6 Testing at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Interestingly, Dillon thought that he was to blame for the crash. However, Keselowski quickly set the record straight and shouldered the blame. The Penske driver confessed on the radio that he had no idea that the RCR driver was coming back up the banking. Finally during stage 3, the team was determined to see Reddick survive the race.

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So when a massive wreck occurred, they guided him through the madness. Sadly, it would not last, because a flat left rear caused Reddick to spin and he eventually finished in 29th.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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