“I Was Gonna Clobber Him”: Kyle Larson Blames Brad Keselowski for Causing Tension in Hendrick Motorsports Dugout

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The second playoff race of the 2023 Cup Series on Sunday in Kansas saw its fair share of drama. One such incident happened on pit road which caused a rift in the Hendrick Motorsports garage. The two HMS drivers involved were Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott, and the latter was angry at his teammate for making contact with him whilst they were in the pits. But as per Larson, the person at fault was RFK Racing’s Brad Keselowski.
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At one point during the race, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Tyler Reddick, and Kyle Larson all came into the pits to change their tires. After they had left their respective stalls, Elliott, Larson, and Reddick were three abreast going down pit road and it seemed like they would be able to get out on track without making contact, but then Keselowski came out in front and ensued a moment of confusion for the two HMS stars.
Brad Keselowski is blamed for the chaos in the pit lane at Kansas
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As Keselowski was coming out in front of him, Larson had to slow down to avoid ramming into the back of the #6 Mustang. Elliott was moving towards him at the same time, expecting his teammate to make way. When the #9 and the #5 Chevys made contact, the former’s driver was not happy.
Elliott expressed his frustration with his teammate at that moment but he perhaps did not notice that Keselowski was moving quite slowly in front of Larson, which meant that the #5 driver had nowhere to go.
Keselowski and Reddick came out of the pit road pile-up without much hindrance but Elliott and Larson were left playing catch-up with their rivals. After the race, Larson shared his thoughts about the incident where he mentioned that it was because of Keselowski that he slowed down and made contact with his teammate.
“I left my pit stall and was inside of Chase and you know the #6 car, he was pitted up in front of us, he was coming out of his stall and I’m just trying to leave everybody as much room as possible or that I can and you know the 6 is going much slower as we’re approaching him so I was gonna clobber him if I didn’t move up a little bit so, yeah we made slight contact and all that,” the Darlington race winner said after the race.
At Kansas, Kyle Larson started his 100th race for HMS in the Cup Series, an incredible achievement for the star who has already won a championship with the team. However, his achievement was completely overshadowed by what Brad Keselowski achieved on Sunday.
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The co-owner and driver of RFK Racing made history on Sunday as he started his 500th consecutive race in the NASCAR Cup Series. It is an incredible streak as Keselowski joined the 500 Club and became the 22nd racer with 500+ race starts.
It was also a historic moment for RFK Racing as Keselowski became the team’s seventh driver to achieve this milestone, and there is no end in sight given the way he has navigated this season. The 39-year-old finished in 9th place after a race that saw a lot of ups and downs for his team. It was a good result for the veteran who felt like it was a fair result given how the car had driven over the weekend.
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“We just had a really solid day. To win the stage and good pit call at the end of stage two to win that stage and, kind of maximized all we had, so. You know we were probably a tenth-place car and to get all those points is a good day,” the RFK driver and co-owner said.
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Keselowski currently sits with an 18-point cushion ahead of the cutline in the playoffs and is likely to make the round of 12 after next weekend’s race at Bristol. How far do you think Keselowski can go this season? Let us know your thoughts.
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