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Brad Keselowski’s Insider Calls Out NASCAR’s Ignorance to ‘Send Guys Through Wrecks’ in Talladega

Published 04/23/2024, 7:27 PM EDT

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Is NASCAR purposefully trying to architect wrecks and crashes during the Superspeedway race? With the style of the fuel-saving race now taking out the marquee event, there’s added pressure among the drivers as to when they might end up in a “big one.” However, scenes were ugly at this weekend’s race at Talladega, and according to T.J. Majors, the carnage could have been avoided if NASCAR had thrown a timely caution.

Sure, he would’ve liked to see a caution given that his car and partner Brad Keselowski would have won with the race coming to a checkered flag. Rather, he argued that NASCAR purposefully delays caution when it is needed.

T.J. Majors questions NASCAR’s late caution call at Talladega

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There have been multiple incidents where NASCAR’s call on throwing the caution has been questionable. Moreover, the inconsistencies in throwing the yellow are what caught Majors’s eye. He looked back at the incident with Ryan Blaney from Texas, when the time for a yellow to come in was three or more seconds. Whereas, when it came to Kyle Busch’s nudge into the wall at Richmond, NASCAR pressed the button like they should be doing for any incident or crash.

Speaking on the Door Bumper Clear podcast, he expressed his concern by stating, “The yellow should have came out when McDowell’s hitting… I don’t like it because these wrecks in the dog legs and the tracks, Daytona man, you don’t know how they’re going to be, and I don’t know it’s scary to send guys through wrecks like that. Whether you’re winning or not winning, it just needs to be quick, quicker on the trigger with that, in my opinion.”

Even Keselowski was left frustrated by the late crash, which snatched the win away from his hands. “Our car drove really well and took a push well and had a lot of speed, so those are good things, but it’s wadded up in a pile of rubble right now. It’s just unfortunate. It’s been a tough stretch here, but we’ve had speed and we’ve run up front and if we keep doing that, we’ll win a race… Good finishes are important, but we want wins. I could really taste it today, but it just didn’t happen,” he said after the race.

While most of the drivers came out unscathed from the late carnage, Erik Jones from LMC suffered a compression fracture after a hard crash at Talladega.

Corey Heim will replace Jones for this Sunday’s race at Dover

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The Toyota Camry’s were starting to devise their own strategy, lining up in a single file. However, in a bid to make a pass, Bubba Wallace made contact with Erik Jones’s car, sending the two cars hard into the wall. This wreck took out more than half of the Toyota contingent from the race, and the LMC star shared about having a sore back after the hard hits in the wall.

However, the 27-year-old star today announced the severity of his injury. Taking to X, he said, “I’ve got a spinal fracture that is going to keep me out of the car for Dover this weekend. I’m going to be taking it kind of week by week here and seeing how things go, but hope to be back in the car as soon as I can.”

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The 21-year-old NASCAR Truck Series driver, Corey Heim, will replace Jones, thus making his Cup Series debut with Jimmie Johnson’s team. Heim has been making good progress in the Trucks, scoring a win along with two runner-up finishes. He will be pulling double duty this weekend; apart from his Cup Series feature, he will also be competing in the Xfinity Series event.

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Chintan Devgania

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Chintan Mahesh Devgania is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. As someone who likes to dive deep into the sport, he often takes up less explored topics to eventually see them make their way into top stories. His report on Toyota’s young recruit, Jade Avedisian, sharing her thoughts on Late Model Racing, was an example of that.
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Shivali Nathta