The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (or NASCAR as it is known today), was the driving force that allowed each driver the opportunity to showcase his driving skills, which at one time was unforeseen because of the way the sport was being run.
One of the key principles that Bill France Sr. had in mind when he took over the sport 60 years ago was to provide a safe and controlled racing environment for the enjoyment of the fans, as well as the drivers who participated in this very dangerous sport.
Through the years NASCAR has seen its fair share of changes, but the foundation has always been the same, with the drivers competing against one another while performing as professional athletes.
After cruising around the Internet's highways and byways, reading comment after comment posted by Edwards’s fans that the action he took were nothing more than another racing incident, I found it strange that the majority of them would actually get their facts mixed up when it came to defining exactly what the word racing actually meant.
Their meaning of the word "racing" did not match up to what the sport was originally founded on, and here are a just a few of their comments that were out of alignment with what the true meaning really is:
“So its not 'normal' to spin somebody out because you are 150 laps down... but its ok to do the same thing for a win - because the results could be the exact same.... but for a win, its 'normal' - wow.... strange way of thinking in my book.”
Is being 156 laps down and intentionally wrecking another driver really considered racing, and is it really okay for a veteran driver to act in this manner?
The only thing strange thing in this case were Edwards actions, especially when he was not even close to a win.
“And you might have missed the part where some drivers have said they understand why it happened and Rusty Wallace even said he would have done the same thing.”
In Rusty’s case it’s easy to sit in a nice comfortable announcer’s booth and agree with the majority since that is his job, but in realty how many times did Wallace intentionally wreck another driver when given the chance?
“This was just the straw that broke the camel's back and Carl was trying to be diplomatic when he made the comment right after the wreck.”
When Carl made the comment after the wreck it had nothing to do with being diplomatic; it was more of a case of C.Y.A. because he knew what he did was wrong.
If Edwards cannot control his own emotions as this fan clearly stated, than maybe it's time too for him to find a less stressful sport to participate in.
“Sorry, but hard racing is the name of the game. If this upsets this journalist, maybe he should switch his sport of choice to Curling or Tennis.”
How hard was the racing when there were no other drivers around, and if you look at the replay you can clearly see Edwards white gloves making a right turn, when they should have been going left?
The only one who was upset in this case was the person who wrote the comment because they couldn’t find the words to justify what Edwards did, so they attacked the writer.
So in their eyes it was okay for Edwards to take the word "race" out of racing and replace it with personal vendetta, even though he was 156 laps down with nothing to lose.
What was really ironic is while these fans were pointing fingers and spewing out insults that were directed at Keselowski, saying what he did was wrong at Talladega last season.
They forgot they had three fingers pointing back at them, and in reality were putting their own driver in the same category as Keselowski without even realizing it.
Once again Edwards’s actions to them were justified and Keselowski‘s weren’t, even though at Talladega they were racing for a win.
Edwards made it clear by his actions that the only thing on his mind was to seek revenge, so how can his deed be classified as a racing incident?
Rookies are known to make mistakes, and the fans were quick to point out that Keselowski still belongs in that category.
So what do you call a driver who is not considered a rookie anymore that uses his race car other than what it was originally built for, while taking into account that he openly admitted Keselowski was not at fault in both instances?
Yet he still chose to go against his own admission and render a judgment that was uncalled for with no respect to those around him?