Keselowski: Don’t conflate anger with desire to win – Nascar

DOVER, Del. — Following up on his Twitter comments earlier this week regarding Kyle Busch’s post-race display of emotion, Brad Keselowski held court Saturday at Dover International Speedway to expound on the topic.

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As a reminder, here is what the Team Penske driver posted on Monday following the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where race runner-up Busch dropped his microphone in an abrupt post-race press conference.

Keselowski elaborated after final practice for Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism (1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) during a media session in which he announced his Checkered Flag Foundation will make a $20,000 donation to the National Military Family Foundation.

“The way (the media) portrayed it was his ‘hunger to win,’ ” he said. “Look, there’s some real funny balances in life and especially in this motorsports world, but your desire to win is not connected to getting angry or any of those type of pieces in my mind. That’s one way of expressing it, but it’s not the only way to win. So, when people come out and write articles or the media comes out and says that’s a reflection of him having the most desire to win, it makes me want to throw up.

“Not only is that a terrible message to send to anyone that’s aspiring to be a driver in this sport, that’s a terrible message to send to anyone in general in this world that that is a reflection of your desire to win. … Your desire to win can be expressed in a lot of other ways that are productive.”

Busch addressed the topic after winning the Dover pole in Friday’s qualifying. He said that the frustration of finishing second, with victory slipping out of his reach in the late going of such a prestigious race, contributed to fueling his mood and reaction.

There has been no love lost between Keselowski and the Joe Gibbs Racing driver – each a champion in the sport – over the years. Their conflicts go beyond the race track, extending to their general philosophies on the desire to win and how a competitor should show it.

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“Everybody is different. I can’t speak for him, specifically, but I can speak for the message,” said Keselowski, a two-time winner in 2017. “If I’m going to set a message for my daughter or kids or fans of mine, I want that message to be that it’s not by any stretch of the imagination the true definition of the most desire or the most passion to win.

“You want to show me desire and passion to win? It’s what you do when nobody is watching. That’s what’s the desire and passion to win. I would say to anyone that aspires to be great in this sport or in life that that’s what they should be looking at and that’s the message we should be sending to other kids, other people in this society and this sport.”

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