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Past champs appreciate Keselowski's outspoken nature, insist there're lessons to learn

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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski, left, signs autographs in the garage area at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)The Associated Press

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    Driver Brad Keselowski waits in the garage before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Associated Press

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    Driver Brad Keselowski climbs into his race car during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series STP 400 auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Associated Press

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    Driver Brad Keselowski pulls out of the garage for practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Associated Press

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    Driver Joey Logano, left, talks with teammate Brad Keselowski during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Associated Press

Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth all learned how to deal with the spotlight that comes with being a young driver achieving stardom.

It's the same lesson that Brad Keselowski is learning this week.

The defending Sprint Cup champion has been vocal about what he perceives as unfair treatment by NASCAR, even going on a profanity-tinged tirade last weekend in which he told reporters that they had "no idea ... what's going on" with things behind the scenes.

Keselowski and Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano are in the midst of appealing heavy sanctions handed down by NASCAR for unapproved parts that were confiscated last weekend at Texas.

Keselowski will start 33rd for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway.