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Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon spar after Pocono race

Crew members work on Brad Keselowski’s car Monday during a pit stop at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.
Crew members work on Brad Keselowski’s car Monday during a pit stop at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. AP

The bad blood between Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon hasn’t stopped, no matter than the former driver of the No. 24 car has moved to the broadcast booth.

Keselowski fired shots at Gordon following Monday’s Axalta 400 for Gordon’s comments concerning Keselowski’s penalty history during the race, which Kurt Busch won at Pocono Raceway.

Keselowski was penalized early in the race for improper body modification after an FSI camera caught one of his crew members slamming into the side of the No. 2 Ford.

Gordon explained to viewers that such a tactic would give a car additional sideforce and make it faster. Later in the broadcast Gordon compared the move by Keselowski’s crew member with a similar incident during Keselowski’s Las Vegas victory in March.

While FSI aired footage of a No. 2 team member ramming into the side at Vegas, Gordon erroneously said Keselowski incurred the same penalty in that race. In fact, Keselowski was penalized for speeding.

Told that FSI had compared the two incidents Monday, Keselowski said: “That’s because Jeff Gordon’s in the booth. They need to get some people in the booth that aren’t inbred to the sport and own teams and have internal knowledge because that’s pretty crappy. But it is what it is.”

Gordon took to Twitter to own up to his “mistake” in comparing the two incidents. But, Gordon added, “@NASCAR called car down pit road to fix issue not me.”

This is not the first time Gordon and Keselowski have squared off. The two fought after the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014 after their cars made contact on the track with what Gordon thought was over-aggressive driving by Keselowski.

Gordon appeared to land a punch to Keselowski, and both drivers had cuts on their faces as a result of the brawl.

“It’s his disregard for what’s going on out there,” Gordon said at the time. “He does things that force his team to have to defend him like that. I mean it’s a shame. It’s a real shame, you know?”

Monday’s disagreement wasn’t physical, but it made for good theater following a race in which Keselowski finished third behind Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Gordon retired after last season following a 23-year career with Hendrick Motorsports. He remains the part-owner of Jimmie Johnson’s team, which Keselowski referenced in his post-race comments. Keselowski said he noticed “every car” had made body modifications, but did not cite specific examples.

Still, Keselowski wonder aloud whether Gordon could remain impartial as a color commentator.

“It’s not that I don’t like Jeff Gordon in the booth,” Keselowski said. “It’s just that you need to have people in the booth that don’t own teams or don’t have commercial interest to the sport because they say things that are very – biased would be the word.”

Gordon’s response on Twitter: “I will admit I am biased in the booth....to anyone making it interesting and exciting for all the @NASCARONFOX viewers!”

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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