Why NASCAR Should Not Suspend Carl Edwards

Travis Smith@TravisLeeSmith2Analyst IIJuly 18, 2010

MADISON, IL - JULY 17: Carl Edwards, driver of the #60 Aflac Ford, leads Brad Keselowski driver of the #22 Discount Tire Dodge into turn three during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway on July 17, 2010 in Madison, Illinois.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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NASCAR's "have at it" approach to the racing has been pushed to the limit again by another battle between two of the sport's most aggressive drivers, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski.

Brad nudged Carl out of the way with two laps left in the Nationwide race at Gateway. Carl waited until the two came to finish to punt Brad into the infield and crash half the field.

With the what occured, I say NASCAR should not suspend Carl Edwards or even intervene in the feud.

Yes I know what Carl did was crazy, but this crash has brought so much buzz to the Nationwide series and to NASCAR in general just like the battles that Earnhardt and Wallace had in the early 1990's.

Why kill the buzz by suspending a driver that felt like he had to settle the score with a young man that hasn't shown much "respect" (I use that term loosely by the way)?

NASCAR needs some attention to the Nationwide series and this latest chapter in a bitter war between Carl and Brad has already convinced folks to turn into next week's race at ORP, so to suspend Carl would kill any hype for the next race.

Now my personal opinion is that NASCAR needs to stay out of this because after they cracked down on drivers before, we saw racing become vanilla on the track and it isn't something race fans want to see.

Maybe NASCAR could build up this feud for months down the line as much as say WWE builds up a pay-per-view event.

This could create cash for NASCAR and give the Nationwide series it's own identity.

Carl may have wrecked Brad to teach him a lesson, but I think the only fair thing in this instance is to have Brad knock out Carl in the next race or maybe at Richmond in the Cup race. 

If Brad costs Carl a shot at the championship, there would be no better way to piss him off than taking him out of the chase.

So with fans buzzing over the latest battle between these two drivers, people have to think about when is this going to end?

My guess would be not anytime soon.