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Brad Keselowski explains why he wasn't 'angrier' about black flag

LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 26: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, prepares his equipment in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 26, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)

LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 26: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, prepares his equipment in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 26, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)

When NASCAR waved the black flag at Brad Keselowski for jumping a restart in the final third of last Sunday's pivotal Chase race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the Team Penske driver was understandably upset.

But he wasn't that upset, and in his latest blog entry, the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion explains why.

"A lot of people have asked me why I wasn't angrier after the race, and the last thing I want people to think is that I didn't care," Keselowski writes. "I cared quite a bit. But a couple of things happened before the Sylvania 300 that had me thinking about the bigger picture, and they honestly helped put the result of the race into some perspective."

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So what happened to keep Keselowski -- one of NASCAR's most outspoken drivers -- from flying off the handle?

In short: He thought about a 10-year-old boy whose ongoing battle with cancer has affected much of the NASCAR world. He also thought about a young woman, in her 20s, who is in a wheelchair and has a physical condition that prevented her from shaking Keselowski's hand when he saw her at the track earlier in the weekend.

Indeed, there are worse things in life than getting black flagged.