Carl Edwards Wins and Brad Keselowski Crashes: That's Just Racing!

David YeazellSenior Analyst IJuly 18, 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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Since an incident at Atlanta , the Brad Keselowski-Carl Edwards feud seemed to have taken the same path as Rip Van Winkle.

On the last lap of the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway, the Edwards-Keselowski feud was startled from its slumber.

Or was it?

It has been documented over and over again about who did what and why this was that and where we were when.

Edwards did nothing wrong Saturday night. He didn’t do anything that any multitude of drivers on that track, especially Keselowski, would have done to get the win.

Sometime in the past two years it had become painfully obvious that NASCAR was also taking the same path as Rip Van Winkle.

During the offseason there were meetings, discussions and fan forums all with one common goal: How do we make NASCAR racing exciting again?

Fans wanted to see more racing, more lead changes, more mixing it up on the track.

Some of their complaints were too much single file racing, lack of competition and boring finishes.

Well, NASCAR heard the fans cries and took steps to bring excitement back to racing, starting with the utterance of a single sentence: “Have at it boys.”

Keselowski made his bed long before the race Saturday night.

Earlier in the year at Daytona, Keselowski said that Carl Edwards was the toughest guy in the garage, but, with a 3500 lb. race car, he [Keselowski] could kick some ass. 

Going into the last lap at Gateway Keselowski set the tone quickly.

Keselowski thinks he knows Edwards will not race him clean, so he must be the aggressor.

What Keselowski does know is he wouldn’t race Edwards, or anyone else, clean if it meant the difference between winning or being the first loser.

Keselowski tried to crash Edwards going out of turn one. Edwards recovered and stayed pinned against the wall down the back stretch into turn three.

The next sequence of events, including the win, Victory Lane celebration, and justification for his actions, were handled by Carl Edwards the exact same way Brad Keselowski handled them at Talladega .

No fan wants to see a driver get hurt. They do however like seeing crashed cars, side by side action and bumping and grinding of hard racing.

This is a perfect example where NASCAR has given the fans everything they asked for. 

When the dust settles and pointed fingers are retracted, the facts will still be the same.

Keselowski wrecked, Edwards won and that’s racing.