KANSAS CITY, Kan. —
So can Brad Keselowski, who put a positive spin on an ugly week for Penske Racing.
Keselowski picked up some minor damage to the rear of his car early in the race, and fell a lap down when he was slow getting off pit road under caution. The damage kept getting worse as the laps ticked along, and eventually a huge piece of his rear end ripped off.
The No. 2 team managed to get it fixed up enough, and Keselowski slowly picked off positions in the waning laps to finish a heartening sixth after a frustrating week.
Penske Racing is appealing heavy sanctions handed down by NASCAR after an unapproved rear-end housing was found on its two cars last week at Texas. The penalties include six-race suspensions for seven-crew members, including both crew chiefs, $200,000 in fines and 25-point penalties.
The date of the appeal hasn’t been set, allowing both teams to arrive in full at Kansas.
“Usually you’re not happy unless you win,” Keselowski said, “but you know, a day where you can fight through adversity like we did today and get a solid finish, that’s kind of is a win.”
Joey Logano didn’t have the same chipper feeling.
He was struggling to find speed when Busch got in trouble along the wall, shot down to the apron of the track and smacked into his No. 22 Ford in a devastating head-to-head collision. The wreck knocked both cars out of the race and left debris scattered all over the asphalt.
“What was going through my mind? ‘This is going to hurt,”’ Logano said. “I was committed to going by him on the bottom at that point and as soon as a committed to it he started heading down the race track. At that point I was just kind of screwed.”