NASCAR Playoff drivers Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones were involved in a hard wreck toward the end of Stage 1 in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that left Keselowski climbing out of his No. 2 Team Penske Ford at an odd angle after it was entangled in a tire barrier.
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Both drivers emerged from their vehicles and were OK after an intense crash where the two vehicles came together and wrecked in Turn 2. Jones’ No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota got loose underneath the No. 2 and both cars went into the outside wall with Keselowski then careening toward the inside wall and the tire barrier.
“I just got loose and made a mistake. I didn’t think Brad would be so tight on me and I just lost it,” Jones told NBCSN after exiting the infield care center. “It’s my fault. I feel bad for the 2 and I feel bad for our team as well.”
The wreck brought out a red flag for cleanup and ended both drivers’ days in the regular-season finale. Both already are locked into the NASCAR Playoffs because of earlier victories, however.
“I was trying to leave room and probably came down on Erik (Jones) more than I thought I did and he got real loose,” Keselowski said. “No air on my car. I hit the wall there.”
Keselowski was officially scored in 38th place while Jones finished 39th.