Carl Edwards Makes His Thoughts About Kevin Harvick Public and Personal

Travis SmithAnalyst IIMarch 19, 2010

FONTANA, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway on February 19, 2010 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Carl Edwards seems to have stirred up the pot yet again in the NASCAR world. Two weeks ago in Atlanta, Carl took out Brad Keselowski with three laps ago because he was out for “revenge” on Brad for taking him out earlier in the race. Brad and Carl seem to have their differences worked out between the two but it isn’t Brad Keselowski that Carl seems to have issues with, its Kevin Harvick.

Carl did his pre-practice media obligations early Friday morning and had this to say about Kevin Harvick, "I have absolutely no respect for Kevin Harvick," he said before Friday's first practice at Bristol Motor Speedway. "I think he's a bad person. That's my opinion. I've told him. We've had our deal before and his actions through that interaction were so devious and underhanded and cowardly that, it's like, I just have no respect for him.

"When people like that question me, it makes me feel better because if those people were lined up patting me on the back I'd be on the wrong side of what's right and wrong. And I truly believe that."

Carl and Kevin have had their past issues, look back in 2008 when Carl caused the big wreck at Talladega in the chase; Harvick went out of his way to call Carl a “pansy” for hanging out in the back of the pack all day and then causing the crash with less than ten laps left in the race. The next week, Carl left a note in Harvick’s hauler in a sarcastic way. This led into the physical altercation in the garage area at Charlotte Motor Speedway the next week which made the media’s top stories.

When Carl got to the topic of Kevin Harvick on Friday, he also put it like this, “Not a big fan. I think he's a fake." This in turn left Harvick saying this, "As far as the 'fake' comment, you can't be the nice guy, you can't be the bad guy and you can’t be the bully. So, I mean, that's just how I feel about that." Edwards then went on to say, "All those people that say whatever they say, know that if I have an issue with them I go speak to them," he said. "I don't go talk behind their back like little girls. That's what a lot of them do. I learned that wasn't cool in about the fifth grade.

"It's really simple. I treat everyone the best way I can possibly treat them. That's the way I was raised, but I stand up for myself. That's simple. If somebody doesn't respect that, then that's their problem. It doesn't really matter."

Carl has had issues also with Matt Kenseth in the past, heck even threaten to punch his teammate on camera because he thought Kenseth wasn’t giving him enough room on the track.

Carl has went on record about his anger by saying, “People are going to say what they do, That's all they can say about me because it's hard for them to accept that I am a decent guy. If you go ask all the people who know me, all the people around me, go ask them and they'll tell you.

"Go take those people who are talking and ask the people around them what kind of person they are, and they'll tell you. That's just the way it is.''

So it seems that Carl Edwards has really went on to mark who his enemies are on the track and maybe even off the track, but the point is that with the new laded back rules that NASCAR has implemented to the drivers, we could see more fireworks from Carl before the end of the season and maybe even at Bristol this weekend and Martinsville next weekend.