Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski have provided some exhilarating moments over the past two years. From Talladega in April of 2009 to Memphis in 2009 to Atlanta in 2010 to Gateway in 2010, the truculent history between the two drivers continues to intensify.
With just a lap remaining in the Missouri-Illinois 250, Keselowski drifted up into Edwards, moving him up the track. Edwards was able to remain stable (not mentally) enough to maintain the high line. The two drivers continued to race side-by-side, and on the final straightaway on the final lap, Edwards turned into Keselowski, sending him into the wall, as the incident collected several other drivers.
Edwards did not shy away from his intentions.
“I just couldn’t let him take the win away from me…We had a great restart…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 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 away from me. I had to do what I had to do,” said the unremorseful Edwards as he celebrated in victory lane at Gateway.
After spending several minutes in the infield care center, Keselowski emerged none-too-pleased with the race winner.
“He turned left into me and wrecked me on purpose…I gave him the lane, and he stille wrecked me…I figured out a way to beat him. He wasn’t happy with me so he wrecked me. Wrecked on straighaway is never cool, whether it’s 200 mph or 120 mph…He’s trying to figure out a way to win the points (championship) when he hasn’t run very well all year,” said Keselowski.
Keselowski’s father Bob, a former racer himself, was livid following the incident.
“I’ll get my own damn uniform back on and take care of this. He ain’t going to kill my boy…He just overacted so bad. If he wanted to bump Brad, it’s one thing, but don’t drive through the inside guardrail. Don’t put him in the grandstands at Atlanta. That’s asinine,” said the concerned father.
Keselowski basically repeated the sentiments of other drivers that have had issues with Edwards.
“I’m sure he’ll say how sorry he is, or how cool he thinks is, or how great of a guy he is in his own mind, but that’s not the reality.”
Keselowski and Edwards have a history, but that does not mean that the two drivers cannot rub against each other while dueling for the victory. Keselowski was aggressive, but that is how racing should be. Edwards overreacted and purposely crashed Keselowski for win.
I can understand Edwards’ frustration, as the two drivers have a history, but was that really the way he wanted to prove his point? Does he really think that Keselowski is going to race him any differently? I believe that Edwards needs to remember that he has wrecked Keselowski twice blatantly. While Keselowski has raced Edwards aggressively, he has not blatantly put him in the wall.