Truex just wants drivers to "race me like I race you" after last-lap wreck

Martin Truex Jr. was none-too-happy with Brad Keselowski after their run-in on the final lap of Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

Truex just wants drivers to "race me like I race you" after last-lap wreck
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Brad Keselowski, Team Penske Ford
Brad Keselowski, Team Penske Ford
Brad Keselowski, Team Penske Ford
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Brad Keselowski, Team Penske Ford

And Keselowski knew it.

That’s why after bringing his No. 2 Ford to a stop on pit road after the race, Keselowski walked directly to Truex’s car to apologize.

“It was 100 percent my fault,” Keselowski said.

Truex’s reply: “Believe me, I know.”

Coming into the final two turns of the final lap, Truex tried to make a pass on Denny Hamlin for the lead but couldn’t quite complete the move. Keselowski made contact with Truex right afterwards, which sent Truex’s No. 78 Toyota into a spin.

Keselowski, who ended up leading the most laps in the race (28), ended up third while Truex was credited with a seventh-place finish.

“It’s all good, it’s just hard racing,” Truex said. “I just wanted him to know I wasn’t happy after the race. Our car was tore up. It was hard racing on a road course.

“I was going for the win at the end. I thought I may have another shot at (Hamlin) if I hadn’t gotten spun around. I thought I had him set up maybe a little bit and maybe we could drag race to the line but (Keselowski) got in my left-rear.”

Keselowski's take

Keselowski offered his perspective on the accident:

“I was trying to sort my way back to the front and just couldn’t quite get there at the end. I got right up to the bumper of (Truex) and couldn’t do anything there and he made a move to get by (Hamlin) on the inside and (Hamlin) blocked him,” he said.

“I went high and (Truex) went high and by then I was already deep in the corner and got into him and turned him. That was really unfortunate and the last thing I wanted to see. This track here, when you drive into the corner, you commit and sometimes you don’t know what will happen when you commit.”

"Stop doing stupid shit"

Asked if it “helped” that Keselowski came over and offered an apology, Truex said no.

“That’s awesome, thanks for saying you’re sorry but what do I get out of it, you know what I mean? It’s like (Saturday’s) qualifying, a guy pulls out in front of you and says ‘I’m sorry.’ Well no shit, you’re sorry, but you got to damn stop doing stupid shit,” he said.

“I don’t run over people all the time. I don’t pull out in front of people in qualifying. Just race me like I race you is all I ask.”

 
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