Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Edwards/Keselowski feud: NASCAR gets it wrong and penalizes both Edwards and Keselowski after Nationwide Gateway race, anyone surprised?

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After the last several days of working on RaceDriven.com, it’s so good to get back into the swing of things and get back writing. But who would have known that my first article back would be on NASCAR penalizing both Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski after Gateway race.

But before I get into my thoughts behind why I think NASCAR not only sent the wrong message, but may have shot themselves in the foot as well. I take you back to the latest episode in this Edwards/Keselowski Feud last Saturday night in the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway (NASCAR Nationwide Series race).

The 250 mile race got off to a boring start, of course this was too be expected, however it wasn’t until the late stages of the race that things started to heat up especially up front for the lead. I was surprised just how interesting the race was getting for the lead between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski racing door to door for several laps. So it was a little hard for me to even think of what was about to happen next.

But the lap in question was the final lap. Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski came off of turn 4 to get the white flag, Edwards was on the high side, while Keselowski was on the bottom. In the middle of turn 1 & 2, Keselowski washed up the racetrack into Edwards, but Keselowski let Edwards gather it back up and they ended up racing door to door down into turn 3. Keselowski ended up taking the lead off turn 4 in a great battle, but then it happened.

Off turn 4, Carl Edwards know that Brad Keselowski had this race won (by the way, Keselowski led the most laps) and Edwards snapped once again as Keselowski opened up the topside for Edwards, giving him room, Edwards once again drilled Keselowski in the right rear (which takes no driving skills or brains to do) and turned Brad Keselowski around into the outside wall.

Carl Edwards made a joke of a pass and went on to win the race, while Brad Keselowski came back across the racetrack in front of oncoming traffic and got nailed several times.

Amazingly enough as Brad Keselowski was getting helped out of his completely totaled racecar among several other wrecked racecars, Carl Edwards was in victory lane celebrating his stole victory and justified his actions by saying "I couldn't let him take it from me," Edwards said. "Had to do what I had to do."

"The deal is he'll eventually learn he can't run into my car over and over and put me in bad situations," Edwards said. "In every situation, there's an aggressor and there's someone who reacts. "I was not the aggressor in this situation."

I couldn’t believe that he justified that move, that’s not racing, that’s not “Boy’s, have at it”, that line was crossed a long time ago by Edwards. That entire ending made me sick, it was ridiculous to once again see Carl Edwards say Keselowski deserved it, of course he meant to wreck him, but he didn’t mean for the aftermath to happen.

I am so sick and tired of hearing Edwards say he meant to wreck him, but he didn’t mean for the aftermath. That’s not going to fly anymore, what did Edwards expect on a racetrack over a 1 mile in length, one car wreck, not going to happen. Edwards wrecked Brad Keselowski at Atlanta before, what were you expecting at those speeds then…same thing here, a tight front straightaway, nowhere for anybody to go, get real.

Now of course I looked towards NASCAR, I mean Carl Edwards has shown this pattern for a while now and if NASCAR doesn’t teach Carl Edwards that this is wrong, he’s going to kill somebody. I’m sure he is a nice guy in his personal life and around the track, but when he straps into a racecar, the competitive side of him comes out and it’s getting dangerous. Now I believe it’s not going to be if Carl Edwards wrecks somebody, but WHEN. He will do it again and this year.

But I will say one thing, Brad Keselowski does drive aggressively, but he doesn’t wreck people, he doesn’t drill other drivers in the rear quarter and push. Keselowski will race you hard and that’s what ita all about, but Keselowski doesn’t deserve this at all, he has paid for having a hand in Edwards wrecking at Memphis last year awhile ago, this is uncalled for.

As for a penalty, honestly as much as I believe Carl Edwards should be parked for one race, but with NASCAR’s past actions, I was thinking a two race probation once again, but nope.

NASCAR has penalized the No. 60 team and the No. 22 driver for rule violations committed during last Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Gateway International Raceway.

The penalties come as a result of violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing/ aggressive driving) of the 2010 NASCAR Rule Book.

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60, has been penalized with the loss of 60 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship driver points, fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Car owner Jack Roush has been penalized with the loss of 60 series championship owner points.

Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 22, has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

Yes, NASCAR penalized both drivers and once again gives Edwards a slap on the wrist for endangering another driver, while Brad Keselowski gets probation for the rest of the year for just racing. This penalty basically says Brad Keselowski if you hit Edwards, you will be penalized, even though Brad Keselowski was just racing. While Carl Edwards losses some of the points he gained on Brad Keselowski after wrecking him, Edwards gets another slap on the wrist.

I believe that this Edwards/Keselowski feud will come to ahead and it’s going to be bad. And most will look at NASCAR and say you had a chance to make it right, but choose nothing. The message here should have been Edwards you’re out, parked for one race, we will not accept this, but it’s just another slap on the wrist. Of course I am happy to see Edwards had to give up some of the points he gained by wrecking Keselowski, at least that something.

This should be interesting…NASCAR this isn't a game, this isn't racing, this isn't "Boy's, Have at it", this is serious, look at everything again, Carl Edwards needs the same wakeup call you gave to Kevin Harvick years ago after a Truck race, park Edwards for a race.