Brad Keselowski Goes Berserk on the Radio After NASCAR’s Rick Hendrick Favouritism

Chaos and confusion reigned under the half-lit skies at Darlington Raceway. Still, it was a storm on the radio channels that really lit up the night. Brad Keselowski went on an impassioned tirade, criticizing the race organizers for handling a lighting issue during Sunday’s Southern 500.

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Amidst an action-packed Darlington race with pit road fires, stage wins, and some tension-building lighting issues, Brad Keselowski vented his frustration over NASCAR’s handling of the situation.

Keselowski’s fiery words illuminate a larger issue


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The drama unfolded during Stage 2, around the 180th lap, when NASCAR officials issued a caution due to a lack of lighting in Turns 3 and 4. Even as electricians scrambled to fix the issue, the drivers had different opinions on whether the race should continue under the dim conditions. The darkness might’ve been there, but the sparks indeed flew on the radio!

Brad Keselowski, no stranger to passionate outbursts, took to his radio in evident frustration, questioning the decision-making process: “What are we doing here, TJ?” His spotter, TJ Majors, could only reply, “They’re gonna red flag it.” But it was the RFK driver’s jab at the star of Rick Hendrick-Kyle Larson, referencing #5 of Larson’s dirt track experience, that had ears perking up: “The 5?? 90% of the dirt tracks he runs at have less lights than that!”

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As drivers scrambled to adjust to the lighting conditions, the pit lane saw its share of excitement. A fire outbreak in Chris Buescher’s car was a startling sight. And in a twist of fate, Christopher Bell, who began the race confidently on the pole, experienced the harsh reality of motorsports, hitting the wall and then dramatically falling through the field.

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Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin, who had his own spotlight while leading the race, seemed unperturbed by the murky conditions. 

Denny Hamlin shines amidst Darlington’s Dim Drama with Brad Keselowski 

Fresh off an Xfinity Series victory, Denny Hamlin was firmly in the mix, rubbing tires with Tyler Reddick and Kyle Larson. But as the race progressed, it wasn’t just about who was in the lead; it was about who could adapt, strategize, and, of course, see in the dark. Even before the race, the Southern 500 was buzzing.


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As Darlington tries to recover from its less-than-illuminating moment and the radio meltdown of Brad Keselowski simmers down, questions remain unanswered. Is there favoritism in how NASCAR is officiated? And will the fiery words of Brad Keselowski spark a change in race management or just add fuel to an already blazing rivalry among drivers?


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As the season revs into its next phase, keep an eye on Keselowski—his next radio outburst might just be the canary in the coal mine for NASCAR’s most significant issues.

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