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But Keselowski said there was no reason to wreck Busch in that situation. Busch had not done anything dirty to Keselowski to get the lead, and the driver code called for a clean finish.

Come Saturday night, with the Chase on the line, the same variables will be at play when it comes to how Keselowski races. He won’t simply wreck a driver to win a race, even if it would get him into the Chase.

“My career is dictated by much more than this weekend,” he said. “I plan on running in this sport for a very long time. I feel like I have the people around me to be successful for a very long period of time. That said, just driving through someone and sacrificing the code and morals that it takes to be successful for a long time for one weekend, you know, that seems very nearsighted.”