• Mar 8, 2010
Carl Edwards intentionally wrecks Brad Keselowski at Atlanta – Click above to watch video after the jump

NASCAR had said it wanted a return this season to the bad boy days of oval racing where drivers settled disputes on the track rather than saying "Aw, shucks" in front of the camera afterward. On Sunday, America's favorite motorsport got what it asked for when Carl Edwards used his No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford to intentionally wreck Brad Keselowski and his No. 12 Dodge on Lap 323 of the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The two were traveling around 190 miles per hour at the time when a tap from side by Edwards sent Keselowski's car airborne and crashing into the outside wall. On-air commentators quickly noticed in replays that the white gloves worn by Edwards made a quick, sharp turn of the wheel towards Keselowski's car right before the crash. At the time of the wreck, Keselowski was headed for his first top-10 finish of the season.

The incident has sparked questions about whether retaliation on the track has gone too far in NASCAR. And while Edwards has been painted by many in the press as the bad boy in this situation, Keselowski has a reputation as a wrecker himself. Earlier in Sunday's race on Lap 40, he clipped Edwards car on Turn 2. Long before that, Keselowski had spun Edwards last April at Talladega on the final lap to secure a victory, a wreck that caused some injuries in the grandstand as well. Keselowski's other feuds with Denny Hamlin and Juan Pablo Montoya are also well known.

Edwards reportedly admitted to officials after the race that the wreck was intentional, though he did not expect Keselowski's car to go airborne. The affable Aflac spokesman may be suspended for a race, though NASCAR officials have said they would take their time to investigate the incident before making a decision. Follow the jump to see the crash in question as it happened and make your mind for yourself: Did Edwards go too far, or did Keselowski have it coming?

[Source: FOX News, NASCAR]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      The punk that was sent flying has done this to others his whole career. What Edwards did was wrong, but it couldn't have happened to a better jerk (the red car). The punk races dirty and he merely earned this flight. I expect more out of Edwards. But I do know that the jerk he wrecked would have been punted by any of a number of NASCAR races for the way he drives. It was only a matter of time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's one thing if drivers are racing for position, but Edwards was more than 100 laps down and Keselowski was in position for a top five finish. To take out a contending driver when you are effectively out of the race is really bush league and pretty much the definition of poor sportsmanship.

      Brad hasn't made many friends in the paddock, but I think there's also some resentment of him by the other drivers since he came out of nowhere to sign with some very well resourced teams.

      Edwards, as a NASCAR star, will get no more than a slap on the wrist. If you think that NBA stars get favorable calls, that's nothing compared to how NASCAR favors star drivers. The simple truth is that Dale Earnhardt Sr. would have been kicked out of just about any other first line racing series for intentionally wrecking other drivers. Also, the amount of collusion between "competing" teams cannot be found in any other sport.
      • 4 Years Ago
      PAYBACKS A BITCH!
      • 4 Years Ago
      all the what ifs this could happen or maybe not this is why i watch don;t know why others do most think everybody should think just like them and if had their way would sit watch cars go in circle for hours boring nascar has finley got back to racing first good wreck everybody up in arms i want to see some blood and guts drivers get paid damm good money to do what they like the sissy people that don;t want to see action should watch golf or paint dty on a wall maybe in golf they get to see tiger woods cry becaused he got caught f,,*&^&)) the only excitement was when wife hit in the head with club wish it had killed him
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where's Ricky Bobby when you need him?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keselowski has been asking for it for a long time. It ended much worse then everyone expected, no one wants to see a car get airborne and crash on its roof. However, they were battling it out the turn before and when the 99 turned the 12, rather than try and correct and save his car the 12 tried to collect the 99 while wrecking. This is what caused him to turn around and go airborne. Otherwise he would of just slammed them wall if he had tried to save his car. Brad is a punk and has a punk attitude toward all the drivers. Maybe this will be a wake-up call to him.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, regarding the crash that happened on the last lap of Talladega last year... it was Edward's fault. If you watched the race you can hear the commentators agree as well.

        Keselowski moved to the inside on the last turn and was already in the process of passing Edwards when Edwards intentionally, as you can clearly see, moved down in order to try to block the passing move but he was too late as Keselowski was already there and then Edwards ended up spinning in the air.

        Not only is Car Edwards an idiot, but he is also an ass, as demonstrated here.



        • 4 Years Ago
        Payback for him fliping Edwards a while back. I think it is justified. Just glad no one go hurt.

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        • 4 Years Ago
        While I don't like Keslowski, I totally disagree with your comment about his "inexperience and arrogance is what caused the car to go airborne."... You obviously don't realize how easy it is to get turned around going 195mph. If you watched the wreck in slow motion you can clearly see Carl turn right and hit Brad as he was turning left to get through the dog leg. Brad ran a perfect line through the front stretch and Carl just nailed him. There's not much you can do to save your car from wrecking at that point, rookie or veteran.

        And I totally disagree with people saying that Brad wrecked Carl in the early part of the race. Brad held his line low and Carl tried to squeeze in front where there clearly was no room. Granted Brad was being a little aggressive for it being early in the race but Carl was as well when he tried to put his car in a hole that was way too small.

        I usually like Carl but he had 142 laps to sit down and watch the replay and see that it was his fault and there was no need for retaliation. NASCAR is going to come down on him hard I think.
        marshall
        • 4 Years Ago
        Give the young man a break,This isnt who did this or who did that carl edwards needs to grow up and fess up to his ranges. Kaselowski is just much younger and has more class then edwards now tell me who,s the better.Will if you cant beat him just wreck him .Great finish carl you are will it starts with an A and ends with an S
        • 4 Years Ago
        Brads inexperience caused him to go airborne? No, the massive wing on the back of the car caused enough lift to cause him to go airborne. Are you saying that a more experienced driver going backwards at 180 mph could defy the laws of physics? This is the third time it has happened in the last 10 races.
        • 4 Years Ago
        By the way, i'm not saying it wasn't intentional...because it was. Just saying it's not noticeable like everyone thinks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Justin,

        You can not clearly see Edwards turn right. I'm sorry, but it's not CLEAR. I've watched it on my DVR in HD many times as well as the video above and you can not see his hands make a drastic move until after contact is already made.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Roid Rage is a terrible thing, but its Nascar's fault, they said they wanted there drivers to show more of there personalities, guess what Nascar, maybe all of those drivers personalty isn't all good. I really liked it though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i'm usually a major crybaby for drivers' safety, but this is the most entertaining thing NASCAR has had for as long as i can remember, and in the end, nobody got hurt. i'm really split on my opinion here. part of me looks at the dale sign hanging on my wall and says these antics need to be kept under control, the other part of me says "oh wow, finally stock car racing is getting exciting again."
      • 4 Years Ago
      The big difference between last year's incident and this year's is that last year they were both in it at the end. They both were trying to win and both were giving it their all. This time Edwards was 100+ laps down and had no reason to try to own the track and end up intentionally wrecking Keslowski other than spite and a wussy grudge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Keselowski/Edwards wreck at Talladega was completely Edwards' fault, so for this incident to be retaliation for that it doubly stupid. I want to like Edwards, but he's just too immature. At the very least he can't seem to make good decisions on a consistent basis.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It amazes me how so many can be so cavalier about this. You have race cars doing damn near 200mph, and these idiots think it's a good idea to force a crash?! Like anyone can "control" the events of the crash, right? You have to be a total idiot to think that this is in anyway alright.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Talledega wreck and this one are different situations.

      Last year they were both racing for the win, and here Carl Edwards was 160 laps down or something. This was pure malice, not sport.

      That said I haven't watched every lap of every race and can't say that Keselowski has never been in the wrong, but to my mind, left unpunished this would set a dangerous precedent
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