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Keselowski frustrated, confused after chaos

April 02, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Restarting eighth has Penske driver looking for answers; Kahne struggles again

Brad Keselowski was upset with David Reutimann and mystified by NASCAR. The driver of the No. 2 Penske Dodge couldn't understand why Reutimann stayed on track with a wounded car and ultimately changed the course of the race when his car lost power and stopped on the frontstretch.

Nor could Keselowski understand why NASCAR scored him eighth for the final restart when he had taken the previous green flag in the fourth position and appeared to clear the wreck in Turn 1 in second place behind Newman.

"First off, go back to the yellow with the 10 car [Reutimann] stopped on the track," Keselowski said. "That was really, really uncalled for and ruined the day for a lot of people, Jeff [Gordon], Jimmie [Johnson] and myself, from having a lot better finishes. I think we're all really, really frustrated with that guy. We came in and got tires and definitely had a shot at the race [win], at least a top-four or -five finish for sure.

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"Then the question comes, what's the lineup for that last restart? That's hard to tell. I don't have all the info, whether they went by [reverting to the last scoring] loop, where the yellow came out or whether it was video review. My gut says we should have been a lot further ahead of where we were allowed to restart. I don't have all the info, so it was one of those deals."

More pain for Kahne

The frustrations of Hendrick newbie Kasey Kahne compounded Sunday when an engine failure eliminated the pole-winning No. 5 Chevy from the race after 256 laps.

Kahne finished 38th and dropped to 31st in the Cup standings.

Video: Engine troubles add to Kahne's slow start

"We had a great [car]," a frustrated Kahne said. "Really fast -- and the best I've ever been here. The engine was running great, and we were just battling a little loose [handling condition].

"It was fun driving, and we had a small engine problem that turned into a big one on the backstretch and just shut off. I had oil on my tires when I hit pit road. I didn't want to oil the surface for all the guys out there, so I just shot to the pits and went spinning. It wasn't a big deal, because I didn't hit anything -- luckily."

That was about the only lucky thing that happened to the star-crossed driver, who has but one top-15 finish in his first six starts in a Hendrick car.

"I'm upset that we haven't run great this year," Kahne said, "but we are great on Friday and Saturday, we were fast again today, and we have the speed -- so when it's our time, we'll be ready to take advantage of it."

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