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Edwards: I wrecked Keselowski for a 'for a damn good reason'

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08:15 AM ET 09.01 | Carl Edwards is far from from ashamed when it comes to his crash with Brad Keselowski at Atlanta earlier this season."It's really simple," Edwards says. "I treat everyone the way they treat me. I'm not gonna let somebody take advantage of me. That's all there is to it." Edwards and Keselowski tangled at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March when Edwards retaliated for being spun out by the No. 12 driver. It wasn't long before the two met up again during an incident at Gateway, leading to both drivers being put on probation. "I did what I did and I did it for a damn good reason," Edwards said. "I stand up and take responsibility for my actions and I've always done that, so there's nothing to be ashamed of. It's just the way it went."

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September 1, 2010  08:17 AM ET

That's just racing

September 1, 2010  08:58 AM ET

Edwards is a dick. I typically don't mind it when the drivers are bumpin and bashin out there and I don't have a big problem with giving a guy a little payback, but there's a time and a place for everything. Driving right through a guys rear bumper at 190mph is not the smartest move in the world, especially with a pack of cars right behind you.

If Cousin Carl doesn't learn to control his emotions a little better, he is going to wind up killing someone.

September 1, 2010  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Edwards is a dick. I typically don't mind it when the drivers are bumpin and bashin out there and I don't have a big problem with giving a guy a little payback, but there's a time and a place for everything. Driving right through a guys rear bumper at 190mph is not the smartest move in the world, especially with a pack of cars right behind you.If Cousin Carl doesn't learn to control his emotions a little better, he is going to wind up killing someone.

he is a jerk, when even a mild mannered guy like his own teammate matt kenseth has issues and run ins with him, that speaks volumes.

a real stand up guy would not use a 3400 lb car as his weapon. these two should go out behind the garage 1:1. Keselowski is no angel, and not without fault.

the let em race attitude is great. it has had SOME desired affect. But these two need to take it OFF the track to settle, and if they push and shove and toss a fist or two, NASCAR SHOULD leave it be. If this goes on to 'dega, and the next time the car or parts end up in the stands, we could have an issue similar to last months offroad race. THEN, it will be too late.

September 1, 2010  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Edwards is a dick. I typically don't mind it when the drivers are bumpin and bashin out there and I don't have a big problem with giving a guy a little payback, but there's a time and a place for everything. Driving right through a guys rear bumper at 190mph is not the smartest move in the world, especially with a pack of cars right behind you.If Cousin Carl doesn't learn to control his emotions a little better, he is going to wind up killing someone.

i gotta agree..
if i remember that Atlanta race right, Edwards got wrecked, was very diplomatic and forgiving of Kezlowski when he was in the garage getting his car fixxed, then he came back out on the track and damn near killed him..then after that his attitude was basically-he had it coming...KOO KOO!! KOO KOO!!!
he shoulda got suspended for that one...hack, Robby Gordon got suspended from a cup race for acting a fool in a N-wide race a few years ago, and Harvick got suspended for a cup race for acting a fool in a TRUCK race...

September 1, 2010  09:17 AM ET

Three out of the first five post are spam. At least the interns gave us a thread about racing. Cousin Carl can get out of control sometimes, but little Bradley definitely needed to get his bottom spanked for the way he was racing.

September 1, 2010  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

That's just racing

I agree. It's gotten to the point these young guys are coming up in their 1st or 2nd season of Sprint Cup racing and because their crew chief, their pit crew, the team owner, the media and in Brad's case even his daddy have told them they are special so they take that attitude to the track with them. With that attitude they think they can do the things the veterans are doing and it isn't going over too well. I'm not overly a fan of either of these guys but things are earned in NASCAR just like any other sport. You think any of these pretty boys would take to some of the things NFL Rookies have to endure? What if Brad would have had his hair cut like Tebow's his first year in Sprint Cup. You think he would have gone for that? Hell no because he's been told he's special and can do what he wants on the track. Well, Carl let him know he can do that but there will be consequences because to the other 42 drivers on the track, he isn't special, he's an opponent and when you piss the wrong guy off, you will get what's coming to you. And that is what Carl said about taking him out. "He punted me, so I punted him." If Brad can't take it, then maybe he should think twice about who he is trying to man handle cuz to the rest he isn't special, just another guy to pass for the win.

September 1, 2010  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I agree. It's gotten to the point these young guys are coming up in their 1st or 2nd season of Sprint Cup racing and because their crew chief, their pit crew, the team owner, the media and in Brad's case even his daddy have told them they are special so they take that attitude to the track with them. With that attitude they think they can do the things the veterans are doing and it isn't going over too well. I'm not overly a fan of either of these guys but things are earned in NASCAR just like any other sport. You think any of these pretty boys would take to some of the things NFL Rookies have to endure? What if Brad would have had his hair cut like Tebow's his first year in Sprint Cup. You think he would have gone for that? Hell no because he's been told he's special and can do what he wants on the track. Well, Carl let him know he can do that but there will be consequences because to the other 42 drivers on the track, he isn't special, he's an opponent and when you piss the wrong guy off, you will get what's coming to you. And that is what Carl said about taking him out. "He punted me, so I punted him." If Brad can't take it, then maybe he should think twice about who he is trying to man handle cuz to the rest he isn't special, just another guy to pass for the win.

picking a fight with a 3200 lb boxing glove is not racing.

September 1, 2010  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

picking a fight with a 3200 lb boxing glove is not racing.

So we should back away from the "boys have at it attitude"? Because what I see you saying is it was okay for Brad to do what he did to Carl with his car but Carl shouldn't retaliate in like with his own car. I'm thinking you are basing your point on the severity of the wrecks or the fact you either like Brad or dislike Carl.

September 1, 2010  10:00 AM ET

im not a racer, but i think you gotta pick your spots for a payback...a few years ago, the 24 owed the 17 a payback, and Gordon dumped Kenseth between turns one and two to win a race...was it called for? yes? no?...
one year Tony Stewart blew a gasket at Kenseth in the DAytona 500 and rammed in on the backstretch near turn three..that shot sent Kenseth spinning thru the grass and back across the track in front of a huge pack of cars, very dangerous...on that one, Stewart just blew his stack and decided it needed to happen, without thinking it out much....

September 1, 2010  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

im not a racer, but i think you gotta pick your spots for a payback...a few years ago, the 24 owed the 17 a payback, and Gordon dumped Kenseth between turns one and two to win a race...was it called for? yes? no?...one year Tony Stewart blew a gasket at Kenseth in the DAytona 500 and rammed in on the backstretch near turn three..that shot sent Kenseth spinning thru the grass and back across the track in front of a huge pack of cars, very dangerous...on that one, Stewart just blew his stack and decided it needed to happen, without thinking it out much....

DUHHH-i meant the 24 spun the 17 to win the Chicago race...oops.

September 1, 2010  10:02 AM ET
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So we should back away from the "boys have at it attitude"? Because what I see you saying is it was okay for Brad to do what he did to Carl with his car but Carl shouldn't retaliate in like with his own car. I'm thinking you are basing your point on the severity of the wrecks or the fact you either like Brad or dislike Carl.

not a bit! But take it OFF the track. Both of them. it started with a racing incident, and NASCAT let that be.. this retaliation on the track is gonna kill somebody in the stands one day... let em fight it out, and NASCAR turn their head the other way.

September 1, 2010  10:10 AM ET

let them fight it out whatever way short of lethal weapons they want, behind the garage. neither are making friends as these incidents continue to take out innocent bystanders on the track (other competitors), and I cannot believe, in the name of retaliation, its a smart business decision to wreck and have to rebuild a car. Let both of them man up and face either other, duke it out, I dont care, but this aint Demo Derby racing. Bumpin is racing, this is BS. Same goes for Kyle, Harvick, Smoke any of the other hotheads.

An incident AFTER a race, like Tony Stewart if I recall, spinning somebody out on pit row after the race, and relatively safely, as well as pushing and shoving human to human, I would hope, is part of what NASCAR envisioned with this let em race attitude, as well as encouraging a little more passionate racing by taking the fear of a 25 or 50 pt penalty out of the day. I'm not a big hockey fan anymore, but I remember back in the times I did watch, punching a guy was minor, but using the stick on him bought you a bit more problems.

Fair enough?

September 1, 2010  10:13 AM ET
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not a bit! But take it OFF the track. Both of them. it started with a racing incident, and NASCAT let that be.. this retaliation on the track is gonna kill somebody in the stands one day... let em fight it out, and NASCAR turn their head the other way.

I think we'll have to agree to disagree on this point for a couple of reasons. 1. Your opinion is that the first half of the situation was just a "racing incident" and we really don't know that for certain, Brad could have done it on purpose, we don't know what is going on in their head or what's happening on the track because we only see what the camera is showing us at any given point. What caused Brad to take out Carl could have been a situation going on for laps that we didn't see. 2. Your concern is for the fans in the seats which if we are going to take that as a basis for your argument then Brad is just as much at fault as Carl because when you take someone out you have no idea what the car you hit is going to do once out of control. So Carl could have went airborne and scattered debris in the stans in the initial accident. 3. You've already called Carl a jerk but didn't say anything derogatory against Brad so you indicate you are not a fan of Carl but apparently don't mind or even like Brad. I don't really have a like or dislike for either driver but you supported your feelings in your posts saying Carl even has problems with Kennseth but didn't mention the several people Brad has pissed off this year. So who really is the bad guy, the guy that started the altercation with his car or the guy that finished the altercation with his car?

September 1, 2010  10:14 AM ET

Nascar had an interesting article on their website about Richard Petty talking about feuds (including Keselowski). Petty mentioned that many times that these feuds will come down to money. Team owners will get sick of their cars being constantly wrecked and eventually tell their driver to cut it out.

Although Edwards can be a punk, Keselowski is still intent on proving himself, showing others that he wont be pushed, and letting them know he's willing to shove anyone out of the way when the time comes. I'm just wondering how many more wrecks it will take before he's told to change his style.

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September 1, 2010  10:21 AM ET

And it continues to be interesting! Maybe the feud isn't over....

September 1, 2010  10:38 AM ET

Good Morning; I take a little time off and nothing changes. Kyle keeps winning and T&R keeps treating us like we don't belong. Have been on a little trip to Va. and now in Ma. Next week back to Va. and then to the Richmond race to watch Kyle win. Went last year hoping he could make the Chase but he fell a few points short. Then it's back to Fl. and home sweet home.
FLOAT; is the heat letting up any in your area?

September 1, 2010  11:56 AM ET

How about fighting, wus! Don't be a coward and use your car.

September 1, 2010  12:32 PM ET

First off, I guess I lose my nickel. The story after the Jeremy story wasn't a Danica story, but a REAL story. Thanks T&R. Second, couldn't NASCAR make a bundle if they staged a fight between the 'feuders'? Put them in the ring and let them duke it out. If they are afraid to do that then dock them 100 points. They can show the fight before the race instead of all the tedious hokum they usually give us. I'd watch.

 
September 1, 2010  01:08 PM ET

While I agree that some level of respect should be shown to the Sprint Cup guys I also feel that instead of treating the rookies like they are lowest rung on the ladder show them some respect.
To get respect you show respect and telling a rookie that when it comes to the cup guys they need to bow down bites!

Not all cup drivers treat the rookies like that but the ones that do and get pist off and decide its up to them to teach them are the ones that went through it as rookies -- LOL guys!

Maybe Aretha Franklin needs to show them how it is done!!!

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