NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said Brad Keselowski will not be fined for his critical comments toward NASCAR after Saturday night's race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Keselowski said his Penske Racing team was being unfairly targeted after NASCAR confiscated the rear-end housings from Keselowski's car and teammate Joey Logano's car just before the race.
When asked Monday on the Fox Business network whether Keselowski would be fined by the sanctioning body, France said, “No we're not. That's the beauty of NASCAR – we do allow the drivers to express themselves in that way, even if they say things that we would disagree with. And I would certainly disagree with everything that he said.”
Earlier this season NASCAR fined Denny Hamlin $25,000 for disparaging comments about the Gen-6 car, but France said those comments were actionable because they specifically targeted NASCAR's racing product.
“The line that we draw is that you can't criticize the racing product,” France told Fox. “You can criticize our decisions, you can criticize everything else, which is more than any other sport might allow. But just don't go talking about our racing product isn't the best in the world, because it is.”
Posting later on Twitter, NASCAR's chief communications officer, Brett Jewkes, said: “NASCAR was still reviewing multiple issues from past weekend but can confirm @Keselowski will not be fined for post-race comments … however, we do disagree with Brad's comments.”