In the wee hours of Sunday morning, I sat and read through the thousands of tweets from drivers, journalists and fans. Some called Carl Edwards a murderer, others said Brad Keselowski had it coming and a few said that was just good, clean racing.
I had to step away from the computer. I had to walk away from the fan reaction because it’s hard to separate yourself from getting caught up in the emotion of the incident.
In the end my conclusions didn’t change. What we saw on Saturday night was not racing. It was as Denny Hamlin said on Monday via his Twitter account “Dirty, just dirty”.
I couldn’t agree more with what he said and this coming from someone who has had his share of confrontations with Keselowski the last couple seasons.
Keselowski had the car to beat on Saturday night. He led the most laps and quite frankly the win was his. Contrary to what Edwards believed and said in his post race interview.
You know the story Keselowski bumped Edwards out of the preferred line in turn one. Coming to the checkered flag Edwards turned down on Keselowski setting off a violent wreck that involved about a dozen cars.
According to Edwards who won the race, it was the fair thing to do. "The way it went, he bumped me and he finished wherever he finished and I still won the race," Edwards said. "That's the only way I could see the race turning out fair."
Really, that is fair? The dominant car of the night gets taken out because of Edwards felt wronged by a classic racing move, the bump and run.
We saw the bump and run a couple weeks back between Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch. Busch bumped Johnson out of the lead and Johnson returned the favor and went on to win. That would be fair, that is good, clean racing.
I don’t buy the line “well Keselowski is aggressive and he has it coming”. I don’t doubt that Keselowski has caused his own problems but what he did on Saturday night was nothing different then what Johnson and Busch did.
Edwards won that race on Saturday night but in my opinion the win shouldn’t have been awarded. Edwards taking someone out to win a race isn’t racing, it’s dirty.
Edwards felt that Keselowski would have stolen the victory from him had he not done what he did.
“We had a great restart. My guys built me a great car. We came to the checkered flag, and I hate to see stuff tore up, but we came here to win and he took it from us there in Turn 1. I'm sure some of them don't like that win -- Brad Keselowski fans and stuff -- but, man, I just couldn't let him take it from me. I had to do what I had to do."
What Edwards doesn’t realize is he did the exact thing he didn’t want Keselowski doing and that is race dirty.
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Check out Jen Preston's take on whether or not Edwards should be on probation here.