Park Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards Should be Parked for Intentionally Wrecking Brad Keselowski
With 3 laps to go Brad Keselowski was running in 6th place Sunday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards was running 39th. Thatâ€™s when Carl Edwards intentionally made a hard right turn into the left rear of Keselowskiâ€™s Dodge sending Keselowski into a flying spin and a hard landing on his roof.
â€œIt looked like it could have been a payback from the No. 99 on the No. 12, said NASCARâ€™s vice-president of competition Robin Pemberton. â€œWe talked with Carl after the race and we have an understanding about it and we will talk internally again as a group Monday or Tuesday of this week and make any decision on if there will be any other actions that we will take.â€
When NASCAR Chairman Brian FranceÂ told drivers earlier this year that NASCAR “is a contact sport”, he was definitely not not sending a message that it was okay to intentionally wreck another driver at the end of a race.
Hard racing does not mean you can take out another driver. Especially when you are 156 laps down, like Edwards was.
Keselowski could have been seriously injured or killed in the crash. The roof of his car was caved in on both sides, and the A pillar, the post in front of the driver that supports the roof, was severely damaged.
The flying car of Keselowski didnâ€™t miss the catchfence by much. Edwards put the fans safety in danger as well.
Carl Edwards was parked following the incident, but since he was already 156 laps down his finishing position wasnâ€™t affected. He has not been punished at all yet.
So will NASCAR park Edwards? â€œWeâ€™ll let you know either Monday or Tuesday. Weâ€™ll meet as we normally do the first of the week at the R&D Center as a group,â€ said Robin Pemberton
After the wreck Carl Edwards said â€œPeople gotta have respect for one another, and I have a lot of respect for peopleâ€™s safety.â€ Well Carl, all I can say is your actions speak louder than your words.
Whatâ€™s more, Edwards may have affected the outcome of the race. Kurt Busch was leading at the time of the wreck, but Juan Pablo Montoya was closing. Would Montoya have caught Busch if Edwards had not caused the caution? Weâ€™ll never know. But we donâ€™t need an intentional wreck at any time â€“ especially with 3 laps to go.
I say park Edwards for a race. Carl, donâ€™t even bother showing up at Bristol. You can watch the race at home on TV.
What do you say?