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Carl Edwards put on probation for 3 races

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Well, NASCAR has responded to Carl Edwards’ retaliatory wrecking of Brad Keselowski:  he’s been put on probation for the next 3 races.  Practically speaking, this has no effect.  Sure, Edwards will have to be “extra careful” (whatever that means) the next few races, but this really will just force him into biding his time until he gets the right opportunity.  That, honestly, is what he should’ve done in the first place.  I’m not really sure how what Edwards did was as effective as, say, talking it over with Brad after the race and letting him know “you’re next”, and then waiting it out until you get a competitive chance to settle a score when it matters, with both of you actually racing (rather than just wrecking).  (Time also gives you the ability to really consider what had happened earlier and decide if it was what you thought it was, which still remains unclear to me in this case).  We’ll see if NASCAR’s lack of action here sends a signal to open up the floodgates for similar actions by other drivers.

Cynics would say that NASCAR is endorsing this behavior for ratings.  I’m not so sure.  That may be a component of it, but I think they’ve kind of painted themselves in a corner with their pre-season statements that they’d be more “hands off”.  I think they concluded that suspending Edwards would be somehow inconsistent with their previous statements (which, frankly, they should not have made, for exactly this reason), but they had to put forth the appearance of protecting their fans’ safety.  Suspending Edwards for recklessly and intentionally risking the lives of several people would not have been inconsistent with a general encouragement of heated — and bumpy — competition, but it’s fair to say that many NASCAR fans would not agree with me about that one.  If nothing else, I think NASCAR does know their fans.

Carl Edwards is a douchebag

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Carl Edwards and like-minded fans will point to any number of incidents prior to his intentional wrecking of Brad Keselowski with 2 laps to go at Atlanta today as a means to justify it.  Here are the facts:

  1. Carl Edwards was 156 laps down.
  2. Carl Edwards attempted to hit Keselowski on the previous lap and missed.  He went at him again in the next lap, ultimately succeeding.
  3. Carl Edwards’ hands can be seen turning the wheel right into Keselowski.  (This just in:  There are no right turns at Atlanta Motor Speedway).
  4. Carl Edwards took the lives of Keselowski, other drivers, and fans into his hands for no reason.
  5. Carl Edwards could’ve also wrecked any other number of drivers trying to make a top-10 finish.  Unlike Edwards, there are guys in the Cup series going race-to-race, trying to keep a sponsor, and a wrecked car could’ve easily broken them.  If Edwards is to be taken at his word (“I didn’t mean to flip him”), then clearly he had no control over the impact of his actions.

I get that Keselowski wrecked Edwards at Talladega (while they were both going for the win, and in a situation that both drivers and all observers agreed was not intentional).  I get that Edwards was mad that Keselowski’s minor nudge on lap 40 wrecked Edwards’ car.  I get that there are some people who don’t like Brad Keselowski as a person.  But, none of that changes the above 5 facts.  Hey, I’m all for settling scores on the last lap if you’re both going for the win.  What Edwards did was careless, dangerous, and contemptuous of the fans who actually go to the races.