Kobalt 500

Well an interesting day today.  Or perhaps I should say, a day of disappointments.  Hopes were high as Junior won the pole for the first time in two years.  Not that it helped him any; he was no where near the front of the pack.  A nice turn of events to see was Kasey Kahne leading much of the race today, although he didn’t win.  But hey, at least Jimmie Johnson didn’t either.  My man, Tony Stewart, came in out of the top ten, which is somewhat unusual for him.

The big news of the race came on lap 323 when Carl Edwards deliberately (after a failed attempt a lap earlier) took Brad Keselowski out with a not so friendly nudge to the rear, which sent BK (also known as Krashlowski) airborne in what could have resulted in serious injury to the young driver.

Last season, Edwards was accidentally spun out by Keselowski resulting in a horrifying crash that even injured race fans in the stands despite the fencing and barriers.  The incident happened partly due to the inexperience of Keselowski and Edwards at the time, took much of the blame on himself saying he hadn’t given BK enough room.

Returning to today, BK and Edwards accidentally bumped into each other, which resulted in Edwards getting into Joey Logano.  BK went on to put on a great run that had him racing for the top 5 when the incident occured.  After 150 laps in the garage, Edwards came back out and from the replays, it absolutely looks as if Edwards deliberately wrecked BK; on further review by Darryl Waltrip, you can see one lap earlier where he tried to wreck Keselowski and missed, nearly hitting the wall in his attempt.

After ending up on his roof, BK got out of his car, very fortunately, but was quite dazed and shaken up and had to be assisted.  After checking out of the infield care center, he had this to say, “To come back and intentionally wreck someone, that’s not cool,” Keselowski said. “You could have killed someone in the grandstands. I know that it’s a little ironic that it’s me saying that, but at least I didn’t do it intentionally [when it happened at Talladega].

“It will be interesting to see how NASCAR reacts to it. They have the ball. If they’re going to allow people to intentionally wreck each other at tracks this fast, we will hurt someone either in the cars or in the grandstands. It’s not cool to wreck someone at 195 mph.”

Indeed it’s not.  NASCAR immediately pulled Edwards from the field.  To add further insult, he drove down pit road backwards to get to the garage.  Even Darryl Waltrip, a heavy Edwards supporter, said that it “just wasn’t right” in a quiet voice.  When the infield reporters caught up to Edwards heading toward the ‘principal’s office’ he had this to say.  “Brad knows the deal between him and I,” Edwards said. “The scary part was his car went airborne, which was not at all what I expected. At the end of the day, we’re out here to race and people have to have respect for one another and I have a lot of respect for people’s safety.

“I wish it wouldn’t have gone like it did, but I’m glad he’s OK and we’ll just go on and race some more and maybe him and I won’t get in any more incidents together. That would be the best thing.”Brad knows the deal between him and I,” Edwards said. “The scary part was his car went airborne, which was not at all what I expected. At the end of the day, we’re out here to race and people have to have respect for one another and I have a lot of respect for people’s safety.

“I wish it wouldn’t have gone like it did, but I’m glad he’s OK and we’ll just go on and race some more and maybe him and I won’t get in any more incidents together. That would be the best thing.”

Apparently Keselowski told reporters that he thought Edwards took at least 3 swipes at him before wrecking him.  I personally (along with everyone else watching) clearly saw at least one attempt the lap prior on the replay provided by DW.

As scary as Edwards’ accident last year was, undoubtedly for him, as well as BK who inadvertently caused it, to the fans who were injured, Edwards absolutely should have known better than to deliberately inflict that kind of incident again, on anyone.  Hello? Roid rage, anyone? Geez, I haven’t seen anything that malicious in a very long time.  It is a horrible example of sportsmanship in a sport that is known for sportsmanlike conduct.  While, no doubt, Crash-lowski has made many enemies on the field, I have no doubt in my mind that it isn’t deliberate, but inexperience that gets him involved in these incidents.  However, Edwards has most definitely been in the business long enough to know that inexperienced drivers need assistance, not retaliation.

I am normally a fan of Carl Edwards and I was shocked and disappointed to see him acting like such a child today.  I certainly hope NASCAR does take BK’s suggestion of a race suspension to heart because if that doesn’t incur some kind of penalty, I might take a ‘race suspension.’

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2 thoughts on “Kobalt 500

  1. What I always love is how race car drivers (Carl Edwards) thinks others should hit the brake and slow down to give them room (Brad-Carl first accident)…. IT’S RACING, should never expect others to slow down for you.

    Brad went all the way to the yellow line to try to avoid Edwards, yet Edwards came down right onto Brad. (my opinion – 100% Edwards fault)

    Then Edwards even after 100+ laps to think about it comes and wreaks someone at 170+MPH.

    I’m all for letting the drivers “police” themselves, but when a driver puts another drivers (or fans or official or crew) in danger, then their should be some sort of punishment.

    My opinion – park Edwards for the next race. Spinning someone on purpose on a small track is one thing – spinning them at 170+MPH is another.

  2. Indeedy! As an experienced driver he should have made allowances for ‘Crashlowski’, especially knowing the poor kid’s nickname. There’s a time and a place for teaching driving lessons but 170+ miles per hour is not one of them. BK is right, fans could have been hurt if he had hit the wall the same way Edwards did last year, and he (Edwards) should have been thinking about that more than anything. In my opinion, as experienced a driver as Edwards is and the fact that he took more than one swipe deliberately trying to take him out (I mean it’s one thing to do it in the heat of the moment but to plan it for 150 laps??) tells me that since he wants to act like a road-raging kid, treat him like one and give him a time out; I would like to see him parked one race for every attempt he made to take Keselowski out (so that would be at least 2, maybe 3 or 4…I saw 2 attempts, one of which did the job but BK thought he tried and missed 3 times first) Even DW said that wasn’t right, and if DW says you’re wrong you should know you really went out of line..not to mention, he said he didn’t mean to flip him but he didn’t even apologize.

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