DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – William Byron said he spoke with Brad Keselowski about their contact on the track Thursday night, but Byron remains convinced that the whole matter should have been handled differently.
Keselowski said last year After a wreck in the Daytona race in July, he was ready to lift the accelerator when he was blocked. A block from Byron caused Keselowski to slow down and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. crashed into Keselowski and caused an accident.
While training on Thursday, Keselowski stayed in the gas, and when Byron shut down, Keselowski met Byron's car and caused enough damage the Byron team went to a backup. Keselowski said he was sending a message.
Byron said a message could have been delivered in another way.
Byron said that he liked talking to Keselowski about the incident, even if he did not quite agree.
"I wanted to talk to him because I felt like he probably would not have expected me to talk to him, and I need to talk to him about such things, and you have to hear where he's from so I can can not draw my own conclusion, which is unlikely to happen. That will be fine, "said Byron. "I think it's important, people do not talk enough to people these days, and we have to cope with such things more often."
Keselowski was firmly convinced on Thursday that he will not slow down if he gets blocked because 19659010] "We've had an accident in four of the last five record races," Keselowski said about Daytona and Talladega. "It's ridiculous. Almost all of them were exactly the same scenario. This is wrong for my team. I can not drive someone else's car. I can drive mine and I can say that I will not let anyone put me back on.
Byron's team-mate Jimmie Johnson also said Keselowski could have handled the situation better on the track.
] "I felt yesterday was avoidable and did not think it was necessary in any way," Johnson said Friday. "It's a difficult position that Brad has taken on because record racing is all about blocking." This new 1.5-mile package is all about blocking. And he can block bloody good. I believe he has put himself in an interesting situation and we will see how the next few weeks develop.
"I do not think he sent anybody a message. I think it was a bit careless and not a smart move yesterday. But if he feels good about it, which is clear … I've just seen his interview on the bus before I came here … he feels pretty good at what he did and we'll just see how everything develops for him.
] With a replacement vehicle Byron launches Saturday night (19.00 clock, NBC) in the back of the field.