Following his win in the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix Sunday Carl Edwards performed his signature back flip. Then he did something totally unexpected. Edwards grabbed the checkered flag and darted through a gate in the catchfence celebrating with the fans.
I donâ€™t know who was more shocked â€“ the race fans who quickly mobbed Edwards, or the security detail who had to get him back into the infield,
Talk about saluting the fans. That was a pretty classy move on Carl Edwardsâ€™ part.
The win ended a 70 race drought for Carl Edwards.
Denny Hamlin led the most laps but had to pit for fuel with 14 laps to go dropping him to a 12th Place finish. Still Hamlin left with a 15 point lead in the Championship standings heading into the final race at Homestead.
With just one race remaining in the 2010 NASCAR season the Championship comes down to a final race shootout between Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick.
Want are your thoughts on todayâ€™s race â€“ and who are you picking to win the Championship?
NASCAR penalized Carl Edwards 60 Championship Points and placed him on probation until December 31, 2010 for knocking Brad Keselowski into the wall and causing 9 other drivers to wreck on the last lap at Gateway International Raceway Saturday Night.
Edwards was also fined $25,000.
After Edwards took the checkered flag he admitted that he intentionally dumped Keselowski in order to collect the win.
Probation and a 60 point penalty did not go nearly far enough. NASCAR should have parked Carl Edwards for a minimum of one week. And that includes Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series racing.
This was the second serious crash Edwards has intentionally caused this year. Does someone have to be seriously injured or killed before NASCAR parks Carl Edwards?
Edwards needs to sit at home for a while.
NASCAR added insult to injury by placing Brad Keselowski on probation alongside Edwards. But Keselowski was not penalized with points or fines.
NASCAR, why would you put a driver on probation for being wrecked on purpose?
When Edwards turned Brad Keselowski sideways Saturday night and Kieslowskiâ€™s car was nailed at high speed one man said â€œDonâ€™t kill my boy!â€
That man has 87 NASCAR racing starts. He is also Brad Kieslowskiâ€™s father, Bob.
Bob Keselowski has threatened to dust off his firesuit and take care of Edwards himself. I donâ€™t think he will have to. Someone will put Carl Edwards in his place soon enough
Who do you think will take care of Carl Edwards first?
Carl Edwards thinks so. Edwards was running 2nd when he intentionally caused a 10 car crash on the final lap just before the finish line.
Brad Keselowski had the lead coming to the checkered flag at Gateway Saturday night when Carl Edwards hooked the rear of Brad Keselowskiâ€™s No. 22 Dodge — on purpose — just a few yards from the finish line.
Edwards move sent Keselowski hard into the wall before bouncing back into the racing groove where the No. 22 car slammed into him like a freight train.
10 cars were involved in the last lap melee caused by an over-eager driver who hadnâ€™t seen Victory Lane in a while. That was a pure desperation move by Carl Edwards.
That kind of racing was not what NASCAR had in mind when they said â€œhave at it boys, and have a good time.â€
Some people say that what Carl Edwards did was jus Saturday night short-track racing. Well let me tell you something. When somebody pulls a move like that at a Saturday night race at a local track they donâ€™t get away with it for very long. Usually they donâ€™t get out of the track in one piece â€“ and when they show up to race again someone usually takes care of it, especially when you wreck 10 cars.
This is not the first time Edwards has intentionally wrecked Keselowski. But this time there were 9 other drivers involved. Last time Edwards was immediately parked, but so far no response from NASCAR on the latest incident.
Carl Edwards is supposed to be one of the 43 best race car drivers in the world. So why does he have to intentionally wreck Brad Keselowski to win the race?
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Dale Earnhardt on Restrictor Plate Racing
When some of NASCAR’s top drivers were complaining about their car’s handling and excessive speed at Daytona in July, 2000 Dale Earnhardt set them straight.
This quote absolutely leaves no doubt that Dale Earnhardt was a racer’s racer.
“If you’re not a race driver, stay the hell home. — Don’t come here and grumble about going too fast. Get the hell out of the race car if you’ve got feathers on your legs or butt. — Put a kerosene rag around your ankles so the ants won’t climb up there and eat that candy ass.” ~ Dale Earnhardt
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Have Your Say on Homestead
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Share your opinion on Jimmie Johnson’s championship and Carl Edwards’ win
If anybody had any doubt who was going to win the championship Jimmie Johnson just erased it.
Congratulations to Jimmie on the 2008 Sprint Cup Championship, and congratulations to Carl Edwards for the win at Homestead.
Now for the bad news — the NASCAR season is over. But, on the bright side — only 90 more days until the Daytona 500.
For all the Jr. Nation fans out there — tough luck on the broken brake rotor. But more good news,Â did I mention the next race is Daytona?
Carl Edwards did everything in his power over the final 5 races, but it wasn’t enough to overtake Jimmie Johnson.. Edwards had 3 wins and 5 top fives in the last 5 races.
Fords haven’t always got the best gas mileage, but Carl Edwards seems to know how to get every drop out of a tank of gas. I’m sure there are a few other drivers who would like to know Carl’s secret when it comes to fuel mileage.
So what are your thoughts on Carl Edwards winning this race, and Jimmie Johnson winning the championship?
As always, this page is for you — so fire up your keyboards and give us your opinion.
Speak Up on Atlanta and NASCAR
Here’s your chance to have your say on the Pep Boys Auto 500 in Atlanta.
Does Jimmie Johnson have the championship locked up?
Was the contact between Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson on the next to last restart just hard racing, did Hamlin spin his tires, or did Edwards shove him out of the way?
Can Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth or Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ever win another race?
And what about the save Denny Hamlin made at the end of the race? One more slip and he would have taken Jimmie Johnson out.
After Jimmie Johnson’s amazing run to 2nd place after running as far back as 30th Sunday afternoon in Atlanta I think you can go ahead and hand him the 2008 Sprint Cup today.
Even Carl Edwards seemed to be in a state of shock when he was told where Johnson had finished.
When ABC Victory Lane correspondent Dave Burns asked Edwards if he saw who finished 2nd Edwards said driver said he did not.
“The 48,” said Burns.
“Are you kidding me? You’ve rained on my parade all day,” said a dejected Edwards. “I could have done without that one.”
Johnson now has a 183 point lead over 2nd place Edwards.
Jimmie Johnson could skip next week’s Texas race and still keep the points lead with a win there by anyone but Edwards.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Gordon still can’t run any better than good — but good is no longer good enough. Earnhardt finished 10th, and Gordon finished 6th. Combined the two drivers have a total of one win in 2008.
Denny Hamlin posted a 3rd place finish after leading late in the race. He was a victim of Carl Edwards’ bumper on a late race restart. “It knocked us down the racetrack.Â He chose what lane he wanted to be in when he hit us.Â Once you get the guy on the outside on the restart, it’s over,” said Hamlin
One thing is for sure. The Chase has created a closer race for the Championship. Jimmie Johnson can clinch it next week at Texas. It’s unlikely, but it is possible. It’s more likely he will clinch it the following week at Phoenix. “Man, sure would make the week of Homestead a lot easier for me,” said Johnson.
So what are you thinking about all this with just 3 races to go in the 2008 NASCAR season.
Photos of the Kevin Harvick / Carl Edwards fight photos
The Associated Press has released photos of the fight between Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards.
There is almost as much controversy surrounding the release of the photos as the fight itself. It seems NASCAR and track officials were slow to release the photos — and did so only after a ton of complaints from the media.
Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards Get Into Fight at Charlotte
Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards were involved in a heated argument that turned into an all-out brawl Thursday afternoon at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Harvick, Edwards and David Ragan were gathered in the Nationwide Series garage riding out an afternoon rainstorm when things turned ugly.
â€œThe deal with me and Harvick is between me and him and thereâ€™s nothing else to talk about. Thatâ€™s just what it is — we know where each other stand and thatâ€™s it.â€ ~ Carl Edwards after climbing off the hood of Kevin Harvick’s car.
It seems that Carl Edwards was still a little miffed because Kevin Harvick called him a â€˜pansy’ for riding around at the rear of the field at Talladega last Sunday.
After Edwards called Harvick out over his comments the two drivers exchanged intense words – then Harvick tried to turn and walk away.
That’s when Edwards grabbed him on the shoulder and spun Harvick around.
Harvick then shoved Edwards across the hood of the No. 33 Chevrolet – leaving a huge dent in the process.
Jeff Smith, who drives Harvick’s motor coach, stepped in and put Edwards in a headlock before the fight escalated any further.
The trouble has been brewing since Sunday at Talladega when Carl Edwards left a note with the pilot of Harvick’s Learjet that, according to The Charlotte Observer, read: “Kevin, Thanks for [profane] me on TV. I was really trying to screw up everyone’s day. Love, Carl.”
Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle must be loving this. If Edwards gets fined and docked championship points by NASCAR over the fight it will put the two of them alone at the top of the Championship standings.
Word is that a Lowe’s Motor Speedway staff photographer caught pictures of the whole thing – we’ll see if the speedway will release them.
If the motor coach driver hadn’t broken things up I think Harvick could have taken him. Who do you think would have won the fight?
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Johnson Cruises To Victory and Points Lead
Jimmie Johnson seemed to have victory locked up in Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Sunday – until Carl Edwards rocketed past his No. 48 Chevrolet in turn 3 of the final lap.
“I planned on hitting the wall, but I didn’t plan on the wall slowing me down that much.” ~ Carl Edwards
Edwards had built up a head of steam coming down the backstretch and appeared to have never lifted his right foot off the accelerator.
Edwards’ pass was short-lived, however. He was carrying too much speed into the flat Kansas corner and drifted up to scrape the SAFER barrier with he right side of his No. 99 Ford – allowing Johnson to easily re-pass him on the way to the checkered flag.
I wondered out loud whether or not Johnson had seen the pass coming. “That car goes flying by,” Johnson said of Edwards’ pass. “I knew instantly, there was no damn way he’s making the turn.Â Just stayed on the brake, tried to get redirected and turned down.Â I was so in awe of how fast he drove it in, I watched him pound the wall and jump back on the gas.Â I thought, Man, he’s serious about this win, I better get back on the gas myself.”
The win puts Jimmie Johnson back on top of the Sprint Cup point standings. Johnson looks poised to win his third straight title – a feat not seen since Cale Yarborough first did it exactly 30 years ago in 1978.
Carl Edwards was unapologetic for hitting the wall, however. “My number one thing was make this slide job a real deep one so I don’t collect Jimmie and then hope for the best.Â You never know what’s going to happen.Â He can go in there and get surprised and it can all work out, you know.” You have to hand it to Carl for giving it everything he had in order to try to win on his home track – even though he could easily have paid a big price in points had the move gone wrong.