Brad Keselowski Racing Will Not Field Truck in 2018 But Is Mysterious About Future

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Three weeks after denying rumors that he was in the process of shutting down its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, Brad Keselowski sent out a press release telling the world he would not be fielding a truck in 2018; however, the statement leaves open a somewhat cryptic message about his future as a team owner.

“The Truck Series is truly special to me given my family’s ties to the history of the sport, and this decision comes with much contemplation. But, for a number of reasons, and as I plan for the long-term future, I’ve decided not to field a team in 2018,” stated Keselowski, in a press release announcing his decision.

Earlier this season, Keselowski said that if NASCAR moved forward with financial penalties against the team when a wheel came off at Dover International Speedway, it would have serious implications across all three of its top touring series. He said he uses the truck series as a developmental series and the mistake by the tire changer was a “developmental issue.”

At the time, it sounded as if the outcome of NASCAR’s decision on the penalty would impact his team’s future. Later that week, NASCAR suspended crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., tire changer Wesley McPherson and tire carrier Eric Pinkiert but did not assess any monetary fines against the team.

Keselowski is said to be spending more than $1 million out of his own pocket to support the team.

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway a BKR spokesperson denied rumors of a pending closure of the team. Then, at Pocono Raceway, Keselowski said it wouldn’t be “fair to his guys” to discuss the rumors. 

“My goal with BKR was to create a top-tier team which would allow me to give back to the sport by creating opportunities and quality experience for others, whether they be drivers, mechanics, engineers, or support personnel,” he stated. “With outstanding leadership from BKR’s GM Jeremy Thompson, assistance from Team Penske, and the support of our long-time partners Cooper Standard and Horizon Global, we were able to successfully achieve this goal. I am very proud of this and intend to do my best to help my BKR team members stay and grow in the sport. I am also incredibly appreciative of the great relationships we have developed with our partners over the years.

“The team has also provided me with meaningful experience as a team owner. I’ve never made it a secret that I would eventually like to be an owner at the top level of the sport. And, while this is many years down the line, I want to start to prepare for that possibility now. Part of that preparation is seeking to develop an advanced engineering and manufacturing company that would be housed out of our 78,000 square foot facility in Statesville and ultimately help to support this vision.”

Reached by Kickin’ the Tires after the announcement Keselowski said, he was “not ready to commit beyond 2018.”

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