I'm sure by now everyone has either heard or seen the incident involving Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski from Atlanta last Sunday. The one near the end of the race where Edwards intentionally wrecked Keselowski sending him airborne. Now, I was gone caving in western Kentucky while the race was on, so I didn't get to see it live on television. However, I've watched the replays available on the internet. My thoughts on it are this.....Nascar said at the beginning of the year something along the lines of "have at it" to the drivers. They said they were going to loosen up a little on the rules during the race, so the drivers could 'police' themselves to an extent. This is what happened last Sunday. Carl Edwards took matters into his own hands after he felt he had been wrecked by Keselowski. Like I said, I didn't get to see the race, so I'm not going to comment much on it. I really don't think Edwards meant for Keselowski to take a flying lesson, he just wanted him in the wall more or less. It looked similar to racing we used to see back in the 90's, 80's and on back, pretty much boiled down to 'you wreck me and I'll wreck you back'. I'm not trying to defend Edwards or Keselowski. I'm not much of a fan of either one of them. Anybody that has read any of my previous blogs will know I'm a Mikey Waltrip fan from way back and his teams will always be my favorite. I'm just saying that last season, everyone seemed to be complaining that Nascar was too strict on the drivers. Now, that they've loosened that, this incident might just be the first of a season long series of paybacks when someone feels they've been done wrong. I do think that Edwards maybe should have waited til after the race was over and confronted Keselowski in the pits instead of on the track. Beat up on each other, don't use the cars. At least that way, you're not endangering other people's safety. That would have maybe prevented a bunch of other cars, Truex's 56 Napa car for one, from wrecking during the green, white, checkers and not having as good a finish as they could've had. On a side note, I think the wing on the back of the car had alot to do with the 12 car getting airborne.
Anyway, in light of the on-track antics at the end of last Sunday's race, Carl Edwards has been placed on probation for three races for his actions. Nascar president Mike Helton also said that there would be an additional meeting with officials, Jack Roush, Roger Penske, Edwards, and Keselowski to try to get the issue between the two drivers resolved completely. I don't see that resolution coming myself. You know its always going to be in the back of Edwards' mind when he gets near Keselowski on the track.
So, I'm going to ask you, the readers, what do you think? Did Edwards go to far? Was the punishment appropriate? Or do you think Keselowski had it coming? I'm interested in seeing what you think. Please though, no nastiness. We don't need any internet trolls roaming around here just to start arguments! Just your opinions on the incident, not how much you hate a driver, or anything like that please. And I thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Now, on a completely different note, Michael Waltrip is getting inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame this year on April 28th in Louisville! For any that don't know, he is originally from Owensboro, Kentucky. Congratulations Mikey!
And so, that puts the checkered flag on another blog. Until next time, that's the 'spring fever' view from turn two.....