Brad Keselowski, who was upset with William Byron’s blocking in last July’s race at Daytona International Speedway, hit Byron and damaged the rear of Byron’s car during practice Thursday.
Byron’s team stated that it will go to a backup, forcing Byron to start at the rear of the field for Saturday night’s race on NBC.
Keselowski said he was delivering a message.
“He put me in a position to lift and I keep telling these guys I’m not lifting,” Keselowski told NBC Sports. “Hate it for his team and they’ve got to work on their car and so do ours. Just trying to send a message. I’m not lifting. I’m tired of getting wrecked at the plate tracks. I’ve been wrecked out of four out of these last five races quite honestly because I’ve let people put moves like that on me. They’re all watching. They know.”
— NBC Sports —