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Brad Keselowski will always remember the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season. It was the year his RFK Racing team took a massive step forward, with Chris Buescher recording three regular-season wins and, more impressively, both cars making the playoffs.

On Sunday, in the first race of the postseason at Darlington in the Southern 500, the 2012 Cup Series champion and the rest of his competitors had another memorable moment not of their own doing with a red-flag delay due to lights going out on a portion of the track. During the stoppage, the RFK co-owner questioned Kyle Larson for his comments on the delay over the radio while also receiving a warning from his team about his own behavior.

Brad Keselowski questions Kyle Larson during light delay

After scoring a sixth-place finish in Stage 1, Brad Keselowski was running inside the top 10 halfway through the second stage when NASCAR put out a caution and stopped the race due to a section of lights not working in Turns 3 and 4. 

During the delay, officials asked the drivers for their thoughts on the noticeably darker area against the outside wall. Some were OK with continuing, while others requested correcting it before racing action resumed. Kyle Larson was in the latter. 

Keselowski was told over the team radio about the Hendrick Motorsports driver’s opinion and responded. 

“The 5?” he questioned. “Damn, like 90 percent of the tracks he runs at have less lights than that.” 

Keselowski hilariously warned about his own behavior

About a minute after Keselowski’s last radio communication, NASCAR put out the red flag, requiring all drivers to stop and hold their positions on the track. 

“Stopping down the back,” spotter TJ Majors informed his driver of the change. He paused, and then another thought came to mind. “Yeah, please, uh, no moving, unless you’re on fire.”

“Thanks for the reminder,” Keselowski responded.

It was a humorous exchange referencing the race a week earlier at Daytona when, during a red-flag delay following Ryan Preece’s violent crash, the No. 6 didn’t stop like the rest of the cars but started immediately driving in small circles because of a fire and smoke coming into the cockpit.

The move baffled fans and drivers, who couldn’t help but comment over their respective radios.

“What the ? Brad’s just making circles back here,” former Penske teammate Joey Logano said. “Literally, donuts without the cool factor.”

“Brad’s on fire,” Kyle Busch noted. “His buns got too hot.” 

Nothing like that happened at Darlington. Instead, Keselowski held his position during the light delay and didn’t move. However, when the race resumed, he moved forward and recorded a solid sixth-place finish.

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