“We will put it back in the hands of drivers, and we will say ‘Boys, have at it and have a good time,’” Vice President of Competition for NASCAR Robin Pemberton said.
Careful what you wish for, NASCAR, because you just might get it. After deciding to lift restrictions off bump-drafting and increasing horsepower at the start of the season, Nascar may have given way for a little revenge on the track. At least that’s what it looks like after watching Carl Edwards graze Brad Keselowski’s car and send him flying through the air at the Kobalt Tools 500 on Sunday.
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The feud between these two men began last spring at Talladega where in a fight to the finish Keselowski and Edwards’ cars collided and Edwards’ car spun away into Ryan Newman’s path allowing Keselowski the win. Edwards did not seem to have any hard feelings at the time stating that it was at least partially his fault for coming down on Keselowski, and that Keselowski merely did what he had to do to win the race.
The feud was further fueled at the ATLANTA Motor Speedway when on Lap 41, Keselowski and Edwards’ cars bumped and Edwards went into Joey Logano. This incident sent Edwards’ car into the garage for 150 laps.
"It looked like it could have been a payback from the No. 99 on the No. 12"
When Edwards reentered the race at Lap 190 it seemed that he chose to pay back Keselowski by doing a little bumping of his own. Keselowski spun, flipped, and slammed into the barrier leaving him a little dazed but unscathed.
"Brad knows the deal between him and I," Edwards said. "The scary part was his car went airborne, which was not at all what I expected. At the end of the day, we’re out here to race and people have to have respect for one another and I have a lot of respect for people’s safety.
"I wish it wouldn’t have gone like it did, but I’m glad he’s OK and we’ll just go on and race some more and maybe him and I won’t get in any more incidents together. That would be the best thing."
Keselowski did not seem to take it as casually as Edwards did.
"To come back and intentionally wreck someone, that’s not cool," Keselowski said. "You could have killed someone in the grandstands. I know that it’s a little ironic that it’s me saying that, but at least I didn’t do it intentionally.
"It will be interesting to see how NASCAR reacts to it. They have the ball. If they’re going to allow people to intentionally wreck each other at tracks this fast, we will hurt someone either in the cars or in the grandstands. It’s not cool to wreck someone at 195 mph."
Edwards was ordered off the track and proceeded to meet with officials in regards to the incident.
“It looked like it could have been a payback from the No. 99 on the No. 12," Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said. "We talked with Carl after the race and we have an understanding about it. ... Carl said he got into him. He said he didn’t expect the result."
Pemberton said the governing body would take its time in examining all the facts before deciding what to do with Edwards.
"We don’t rush to judgment on Sunday nights and make penalties. That’s why we take our time and go back and talk about it some more."
A decision is to be made Monday or Tuesday and Edwards faces the possibility of a loss of points, a fine, or even a suspension.