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NASCAR handed down its ruling yesterday on Carl Edwards' retaliatory wreck of Brad Keselowski during the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway last Sunday. The Roush Fenway Racing team driver will be subjected to a three-race probation that covers the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 21, the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28 and the Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway on April 10.

What does probation mean for Edwards? Not a whole hell of a lot. The best description we could find of this peculiar punishment was "little more than monitoring actions." That is to say, unlike a suspension, Edwards will race the next three Sprint Cup races. The fact that Edwards won't face much consequence for his actions last Sunday is in keeping with what NASCAR officials said in January about putting more responsibility in the hands of the driver. That said, NASCAR president Mike Helton remarked that, "... there is a line you can cross. When you cross that line in our opinion, we're going to get involved with you."

In addition to the probation, NASCAR plans on getting Edwards and Keselowski in a room together along with team owners Jack Roush and Roger Penske to iron out this feud. We don't know about you, but that sounds close enough to the plot of Days of Thunder that an epic rental car race on the beach is almost certain to occur on the way to dinner afterwards.

[Source: NASCAR, The New York Times | Image: Geoff Burke/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nascar should have it's head examined!! They should have safety of fans & driver in mine!!!!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with you totally, Wally. If I ran NASCAR (and I'm glad I don't), Edwards would've been suspended for the remainder of the season and fined $1 million or more.

        Accidental crashes are just that, accidents. This was done with malice, and I don't believe for one second that Edwards "didn't know" the car wouldn't go airborne. It's what the COT does best!

        That's not to say I excuse Keselowski for everything he's done, but that's no reason for Edwards to endanger Keselowski's safety and that of the fans in doing what he did. If Carl wants to take Brad out behind the trailer and settle things like men, fine. Just keep your revenge off the track.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only thing NASCAR has in mind is their professional wrestling type show. For the most spectacle they use cars that technologically belong to the times of the Neanderthals, driven by Neanderthals and form the comments here, watched by Neanderthals. To make excuses for such outrageously dangerous behavior and for NASCAR to virtually condone it is obscene.
      • 4 Years Ago
      NASCAR is about as legitimate as a sport as Professional Wrestling.. just stage managed fakery ! Rabble rousing driver "feuds. and "close finishes" created by convenient cautions could have been designed by the WWF. Whether this nonsense insults the intelligence of the average fan rather depends on the intelligence of the average fan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      NASCAR should amend the rules to include a tit-for-tat statement. A driver intentionally bumping another car will give the driver of the other car a "privilege" to "payback-bump" his car the same number of times in however many races. This should make a driver think twice about being the initiator of the bump.
      • 4 Years Ago
      how long before some redneck that watched this is driving along and gets pissed off and pulls the same stunt "because he saw it on TV". And kills someone? I've never watched NASCAR, I think it's low brow and this proves it.

      The fact you can use a 180mph car as an intentional weapon because things aren't going your way, shows just how childish this is. It shows the people watching that are dumb enough to be into it that there are ZERO consequences for potentially fatal and stupid accidents.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't this what Nascar wanted. To settle disputes on the track. Crashes have always been an integral part of the Nascar experience. Nascar knows this and with sagging ratings they're giving the roman populace what it wants... the spectacle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that was just a love tap
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL... Probably right... they should just make contact an acceptable strategy. Ratings will go through the roof.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL at some of these comments - "ban him for season", "fine him 1mil", "chrge him with a crime", "someone could be killed"...listen pantywaists, clearly you don't watch NASCAR or any other form of racing.

      Carl meant to spin the punk, not put the car in the air, in the stands, or into a pasture full of cute fluffy kittens and sad-eyed puppies chasing pretty butterflies. What Carl did is called retaliation, and it's part of racing.

      And since some here insist on playing the "What IF omg wtf" game, here's me playing along - if punk Brad K had been spun, and that was it (no airborne gymnastics), would your panties be as wadded up about this as they are now? Um, no. You would just see it as a cheap retaliatory move and you would perfectly OK w/NASCAR's decision.

      Put the flying car out of your minds, or watch a race, and you'll see that this type of thing goes on ALL the time as part of the sport...maybe then you’ll stop hyperventilating into your mommy's purses about this incident. Be forewarned however– some cars might crash during a race if you watch one, be sure to have tissues handy in case you cry…
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's too bad the car didn't fly into the stands and crush your family to death.

        No big deal right? Just part of the game right?

        I'll definitely be "sure to have tissues handy in case you cry".

        Geez people, know about physics much?

        • 4 Years Ago
        "clearly you don't watch NASCAR or any other form of racing."

        I've been watching racing (F1, NASCAR, LeMans, Indy) since the early 60's. And I know that this kind of deliberate wrecking of another car has gotten drivers suspended, fired by their teams and in the case of Nelson Piquet Jr. kicked out of F1.

        "Carl meant to spin the punk, not put the car in the air"

        You and Carl might want to think about what happens when you hit somebody at those speeds. Oh, wait a minute, Carl already knows what happens. Given that he does why do you think he didn't mean to put the other car in the air? That's what happened to him.

        And as for intention; we prosecute drunk drivers who don't mean to have accidents, they're just trying to get home.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What Carl also did was ruin the ending of a great race (Montoya taking .3/lap off the leader inside the last ten laps. And his crash established the conditions for the crash just after the first restart. So his little stunt affected the points standings since Montoya certainly finishes second not third, if he doesn't win the race outright and guys taken out in the second crash had their points affected as well. So, as a NASCAR fan since the days of Junior Johnson and Fireball Roberts, am I not supposed to care about that either?

        Making or not making the Chase can come down to a handful of points at the end of the season and Edwards actions affected a lot more people than he and Keslowski. It should cost him points and cash if nothing else. But NASCAR says settle it on the track and the hell with the other 41 drivers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nascar - the wrestling of motorsport
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is there a reason to watch crash-free NASCAR?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Prior to this, I had some interest in NASCAR. Now, I don't care.

      He should have been suspended at least 5 races.

      As others have said, what if someone in the Grandstands gets killed? Now, when you buy a ticket to a NASCAR (or any racing event) the back of the ticket basically says that the event sponsor is not liable for any harm that may come to you because of a racing incident. However, in the event of many racing fatalities, who here thinks that this will hold-up in a court?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, the more racing fatalities that occur, the stronger the waiver language becomes.

        People are attending with the full knowledge that spectators die on a regular basis? Then the risk is clearly assumed by the spectator.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't you just love it? I would bet over 50% of the A holes that are making a big sheat about Carl don't watch or even follow Nascar. Sorry... more like 70%
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