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NASCAR Cup: Brad Keselowski, Toyota war of words continues into playoffs

Brad Keselowski during the NASCAR playoffs media tour on Sept. 13, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Brad Keselowski during the NASCAR playoffs media tour on Sept. 13, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

Brad Keselowski, a Ford driver, continues with his stance that Toyota has a competitive advantage in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017. A war of words between Keselowski and multiple members of the NASCAR Toyota camp began last month when Keselowski accused Toyota teams of sandbagging and continues this week as the series heads into its 10-race playoffs, beginning with Sunday’s Nickelodeon Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

During NASCAR playoffs media day Wednesday, Keselowski noted the strength of Toyota’s and suggested there was a strong possibility that all four championship contenders in the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November would be in Toyotas.

After Toyota drivers posted the four fastest laps in the first practice at Chicagoland on Friday, Keselowski tweeted his complaint of Toyota dominance.

“We are all in for a rue awakening,” Keselowski (@Keselowski) tweeted. “Haven’t seen NASCAR let a manufacturer get this far ahead since the 70s.”

With the tweet, Keselowski caught the ire of multiple members of the Toyota camp, and they responded to Keselowski’s tweets.

“Were you alive in the 70s?” Cole Pearn (@ColePearn), crew chief of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota team of Martin Truex Jr., tweeted.

Toyota driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch), was a little more matter-of-fact with his tweet that simply read, “STFU.”

There were additional back-and-forth tweets between Keselowski and Busch, who have had a sometimes bitter rivalry for several seasons.

One of Busch’s JGR teammates, Denny Hamlin, also tweeted his proverbial two cents, referencing his “encumbered” win at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

“@NASCAR is showing favoritism to Toyota Racing? When did this start? #encumbered. Concentrate on your own program bro,” Hamlin (@DennyHamlin) tweeted.

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