All Races Have Danger

Mike VorndranContributor IApril 27, 2009

TALLADEGA, AL - APRIL 26:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Claritin Ford, goes airborne as Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Steweart-Haas Racing Chevrolet suffers damage and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard / AMP Energy Chevrolet drives at the conclusion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 26, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

As it says in my profile I have been a NASCAR fan for 30 years.  The first day that I ever saw a race car drive around a track was a day that saw Cale Yarbrough flip during qualifying for the Daytona 500.  Driving by himself, without a restrictor plate at over 200 miles an hour. 

After that wreck you didn't hear Cale complaining about speeds or safety.  He got in another car and drove.

Now after Carl Edward's wreck yesterday in the Aaron's 499 he gets out and blames NASCAR for this type of racing.  This type of racing?  What does he mean by that?

Does he mean racing at high speeds?  Does he mean being a bone head and trying to block someone who has already gotten beneath him?  Does he mean actually making sure as a driver you know where you are?

This wreck was not caused by restrictor plate racing.  This wreck was caused by bad driving.   Or maybe bad spotting.  But it had nothing to do with plate racing.

This wreck could have happened at Atlanta or Texas or California.  Carl was not driving in a pack of 50 cars.  He was driving in front of 1 and he came down on to that driver.  That caused the wreck. 

Carl Edwards is to blame for that wreck.  And Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon are to blame for the big one.  These drivers need to learn that there is no need to be 4 wide at lap 8.  Period. 

Also big ones happen at other tracks too.  Darlington a few years back had a wreck of 14 or more cars.  Bristol has wrecks with 5 or more almost every race at the track.  Richmond tears up up.  Martinsville, etc, etc. 

So man up NASCAR drivers.  These wrecks are your fault no one else’s.  If they take the plates off you will all then complain that the cars are too fast.   How about this.  A little less complaining and a lot more driving.  Trust me when I say us fans don't like whiners we like winners.