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Brad Keselowski Pushes NASCAR to Clarify Definition of an Intentional Wreck

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Brad Keselowski has asked NASCAR for clarification on what defined an intentional wreck during Sunday’s pre-race drivers meeting for the Hollywood Casino 400.

Keselowski suffered a wreck with Kyle Busch during a Nationwide race at Kansas Speedway this weekend. During the meeting drivers were allowed to ask questions with Keselowski asking where intentional wrecks fit into NASCAR’s so-called new “100% rule.”

“At Chicago, we talked about racing 100%,” Keselowski said. “One of the things that was distinguished as not racing 100% was intentional wrecking. I’m curious if you could define that a little further for drivers so I know exactly what that means.”

Race director David Hoots tried to address the question, “Racing at 100% for your best finishing position is to do just that,” he said.

This wasn’t enough for Keselowski as he asked where intentional wrecking stacked up in terms of causing an intentional caution.

Hoots handed over to NASCAR president Mike Helton for futher explanation as the room laughed off the awkwardness of the situation.

Helton said it was a “fair question” but said it was up to NASCAR to make a “subjective call” about what was just racing and what actions are deemed to have gone too far.

“NASCAR-style racing, particularly in the three national series, is expected to be close, aggressive and hard,” Helton said. “It is possible to cross that line, though – and when that happens, we’re going to step in. But it’s a subjective line for us to decide when that happens and what’s the difference between NASCAR-style racing and something that’s intentional.”

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