Martin Truex Jr. (78) crashes into Brad Keselowski (2) during the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/David Graham)
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Brad Keselowski is no fan of NASCAR's championship format, and he voiced his displeasure once again after the season finale.
Keselowski vented about an accident on a late restart at Homestead-Miami Speedway that took out race leader Carl Edwards and essentially ruined Joey Logano's chances of winning. Logano is Keselowski's teammate at Penske Racing.
"It’s a product of a format that’s based on putting everything and risking everything," Keselowski said. "I don’t know. It’s not really all that surprising. It’s disappointing. I don’t think that’s great racing, but I understand why it happened on both ends."
The Chase format, which was tweaked three years ago, now leads to four drivers vying for the title in the finale. The highest finisher among the four claims the crown.
It creates high-risk, high-reward racing that means so much for the four finalists and essentially suggests the other 36 drivers stay out of the way.
The risk-reward venture was on display Sunday night. Leading with 10 laps to go, Edwards blocked Logano and started a multicar wreck. Edwards turned sideways and ended up sliding across traffic. Kasey Kahne slammed into Edwards' rear bumper, lifting the No. 19 Toyota off the ground. Edwards spun, hit the outside wall and came to a stop on the track.
Logano sustained enough damage to his car that he had no chance of keeping up with race winner and Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson in the final laps. Johnson tied a NASCAR record by winning his seventh title.
"I felt like that was our race and our championship, but, hey, this is how racing goes," Edwards said.