Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards Meet with NASCAR, but Are They on the Same Page?
There are always two sides to a story, and it usually ends up with each individual—or driver, in this case—saying he had probable cause for his own actions.
The action that Carl Edwards took against Brad Keselowski during the last few laps of the Kobalt Tools 500 two weeks ago was by no means a mistake, but instead it was a choice that Edwards made, and he clearly admitted after the race what his intentions were.
Common sense also tells us that for every action there is a reaction, and in this case it was widespread news throughout the sporting world with each newspaper, Web site, television, and sports talk radio show making it one of their top stories come Monday morning.
The reaction from the fans to what took place was easily seen by all the comments that were posted, both for and against each driver that was involved.
NASCAR stepped in on March 9 and handed down a punishment that they felt was appropriate for the actions that Edwards took against Keselowski.
NASCAR Nation once again voiced their opinions, with some saying the penalty was nothing more than a slap on the wrist, and then there were those who felt that NASCAR did their job and made the right decision.
The truth of the matter is that NASCAR has already made their decision, and now it's time to bring closure to this chapter; waiting around the corner is probably another racing incident that is waiting to unfold.
NASCAR made that clear when they met with Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion, and car owner Jack Roush, along with Penske Racing owner Roger Penske and driver Keselowski before Nationwide practice was to begin.
Both Edwards and Keselowski commented on the meeting during Nationwide practice, and from what was said it's going to be an interesting season—between not only these two, but any other driver with whom these two come in contact.
Edwards once again took a two-sided approach, just as he did two weeks ago when the alleged racing incident took place, and once again tried justifying his own actions instead of admitting that maybe the situation was not handled the proper way.
"Everything went really well. I think the biggest thing coming out of that meeting is that now, I think, Brad and I understand one another a little better," said Edwards.
Edwards also added, "I think we’re gonna be able to just go forward and go racing, and that’s what this is all about.
"Sometimes people don’t understand everything that’s going on. It’s interesting, I’ll say that."
Edwards answered the question, "What don’t people understand?" with this:
"Well, for instance, with what happened at Atlanta. It’s very hard for people to understand that the result is far different from the intent," said Edwards.
He also added that, "Things can be presented in a lot of ways, but I guess that’s just part of it. What’s most interesting to me is that sometimes it’s about selling ad time or newspapers and it’s not about explaining the story."
What is there to not understand, when Edwards himself explained exactly what his intentions were not only to the media, but to his Facebook fans as well.
After all, isn’t he considered a professional race car driver, and shouldn’t his actions at least portray some of that professionalism?
Now, it’s true that we all have our faults and we don’t live in a perfect world, but there is also a trait that we are born with that’s called "better judgment."
After the fallout from the incident at Atlanta and knowing that one more meeting was going to take place on Saturday with NASCAR, Edwards could have deployed his sense of better judgment when he made the choice to go after RCR driver Kevin Harvick on Friday.
With his latest outburst, you have to wonder if maybe Edwards has anger management issues, since he does have a history of letting his anger get the best of him.
"I think some people would like that to be the case, but let me put it this way—it’s real easy to stand back and throw stones at someone and make little chirps and say things that make you feel better about yourself, but, in the end, what I said yesterday holds true," said Edwards in defense of his actions towards Harvick on Friday.
Edwards also added that "The people who know me know that I’m a very fair person. I guess if my biggest fault is standing up for myself, I’ll take it. They can fault me all day for that."
Keselowski, on the other hand, did not hold back any punches, and of course he had his own version of what actually took place in the morning's meeting.
"I don’t know how Carl feels about it, but I don’t think it’s cool to say everything that was said in there. Hopefully, it will be productive to where we can move forward and continue to race each other hard and not have any more incidents like we had at Atlanta," said Keselowski.
Keselowski also added this about Edwards,"We hadn’t talked before. I wouldn’t say there was anything said that surprised me. You have to understand, Carl and I have a mutual respect for each other in a sense we’re almost the same people. We drive the same way. I have a lot of respect for him before and after the accident. Hopefully, that will stay the same."
Brad knows more than anyone else that he is not one of the most popular drivers in the garage, but in his defense what a lot of us tend to forget is that he is still considered a rookie driver—unlike Edwards, who can be put into the category of a seasoned driver.
"The only time I really talk to other drivers is when I bump into them," said Keselowski on Friday.
"Nobody really reached out to me. I've tried talking to a few of them, and they didn't seem all that interested, to be honest, even the ones I didn't feel like I had done anything to make them mad."
With this bold statement, Keselowski has made it clear that there is no love lost between the two, at least from his own perspective, and it's almost safe to say that we have not seen the last of these two making headlines in the near future.
"Carl and I have talked before about leaving each other more room, but it seems like when it came down to it, it just never worked out. It’s racing," said Keselowski.
Keselowski also added that, "The biggest thing to me, you know, is incidents are going to happen because we race against each other more than 60 times."
“We’re going to run by (beside) each other. We just each have to build up a tolerance for that.”
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