Poor Kurt Busch. He wins a race at Pocono, and we’re all taking about Brad Keselowski and his comments concerning a violation on pit road. Thankfully for Busch fans, I think he will be known for more than being Kyle’s big brother as the season continues to unfold, but today, let’s talk about what Brad had to say. In typical Keselowski form, he raised a good point, all while whining about his hands getting caught in the cookie jar.
To the penalty, Brad Keselowski, you got caught, pure and simple. When you get caught doing something, you should expect to pay the price. Somehow, this often gets missed in these modern times. We should also point out that NASCAR didn’t need FOX Sports’ Jeff Gordon to point out the illegal bending of sheet metal on pit road either. Gordon saw it, explained why it was done, and commented that this has been done by the two crew at least once before, AND by several others as well.
In the midst of this, Brad Keselowski makes a fair point. In other sports, you’d never see a team owner working as a network commentator. I mean, could you imagine Mark Cuban in the broadcast booth with Marv Albert? Or what about the Panthers’ Jerry Richardson on Monday Night Football? I don’t think so.
I admit I frequently squirmed while Rusty Wallace worked in the booth while he owned an Xfinity Series team. Same for Michael Waltrip when he owned a Cup team. Brad Keselowski has called into question Jeff Gordon’s presence in the booth, while listed as an owner of the 48 team. The networks that carry NASCAR races- for whatever reason- have looked past this, and you have to admit, it looks sketchy.
At the same time, this is an interesting issue. While having spent numerous years working as a news and sports journalist, I have maintained the notion of being completely bias-free is a myth. Have you ever read two different accounts of an event, and wonder if those chronicling it were at the same place? Like it or not, our own experiences, how we were taught, what we believe all color what we see. Given that, the true challenge as a professional is to recognize one’s own biases and work around them to carefully present the facts as the occurred, and where appropriate present how one side might react, and how the opposition will as well.
All this to say that while Brad Keselowski makes a fair point, its wasted on the analysis of Jeff Gordon. The four-time champion made an accurate observation, and he skillfully explained what happened. To suggest that Gordon brought this out to gain an advantage for Jimmie Johnson, or that this was born out of a lingering animus with Brad Keselowski is a leap in logic.
Personally, I don’t dislike Brad Keselowski, but it seems that he is often his own worst enemy. Remember the adage of thinking twice before speaking once? Bad Brad may want to consider it.