Carl Edwards: NASCAR's Hit Man?

Sandra MacWattersCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2010

JOLIET, IL - JULY 09:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Silver Ford, looks on in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LIFELOCK.COM 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway on July 9, 2010 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Once again, Carl Edwards has used his car, the Aflac Ford Fusion, as a weapon during the final lap at the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway in Madison, Il.

Brad Keselowski had bumped Edwards during hard racing for a win, but Edwards used his car to take aim at the rear of Keselowski's car on the final lap.

The car went careening into the inside wall and caused damage to other cars. Keselowski's car was destroyed, and there were no reported injuries to the driver.

"I couldn't let him take the win," Edwards says, in the winner's circle. 

Bob Keselowski, Brad's father waited at the infield care center.  He said of Edwards, "He ain't gonna kill my boy."

Edwards appeared arrogant about getting the win the way he did.  Perhaps after NASCAR reviews this incident the smile might be wiped from his face.

Edwards was not suspended by NASCAR for sending Brad Keselowski flying during the Kobalt Tools 500 in March of this year at Atlanta.

Keselowski said, "The hit was not cool and could have killed someone in the grandstands."

Edwards did not deny he intentionally caused the crash adding, "The scary part is that his car went airborne which is not what I expected."

The prior year, Keselowski sent Edwards airborne at Talladega, but not with the deliberate intent that has become  characteristic of Edwards.

Edwards portrays the smiling good guy, but I am sure others feel the same regarding Edwards and possibly an anger management problem.

Brad Keselowski was leading the points in the NASCAR Nationwide series going into this race and Edwards was 227 points behind him.

The "have at it boys" is racing, but Edwards seems to have assumed the role of a hit man ready to take out a driver that angers him regardless of consequences.

His method of operation doesn't even resemble a racing incident, but deliberate hits that he doesn't even try to deny.

NASCAR will hopefully take a good look at this latest incident involving Edwards and his dangerous antics on the track.

Reed Sorenson finished second and Trevor Bayne was third.