Carl Edwards, Anger Or Lack Of Talent

Roy LaFaverCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2010

MADISON, IL - JULY 17: Brad Keselowski driver of the #22 Discount Tire Dodge wrecks on the final lap of 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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I watched Carl Edwards do something at Atlanta that was absolutely jaw-dropping.  He made a move in a wrecked car that might very easily have killed another driver and/or a spectator.  He did it purposely and admitted it.  At that point you have to wonder about an organization that would allow this driver to continue competing in a sport; you have to wonder about the Sprint Cup series.  I don't remember the penalty, but suffice to say it was a slap on the wrist.  I have to wonder why authorities in Georgia didn't investigate this matter.

But hey!  It happened, it's over, move on.  Fast forward to St. Louis.  Carl Edwards doesn't belong in a stock car.  Perhaps he should try Indycar racing where a touch is never intentional.  Rubbing is racing, or at least that's the way it was.  Wrecking half the field intentionally is not racing.  At best it was childish; it was a tantrum.  At worst it was attempted murder, and again I have to wonder why authorities didn't investigate this matter.

So these are my questions:

Does the guy have a mental situation that brings on uncontrollable rage?  Is his anger so intense that he is absolutely blind to the consequences of intentionally putting a car into the wall at high speed . . . with other cars in the vicinity for chrisakes?  Enough of this stuff happens accidentally, but to intentionally create the situation is mind boggling.  Is this guy crazy?

Or . . . does Carl Edwards simply not have the talent to retaliate in a way not tantamount to attempted murder.  I have long felt that some of these drivers are absolutely the best in the world at controlling a motorized vehicle.  They don't even have to touch another car sometimes; they can simply do it with air.  Is it possible that Carl Edwards is a hack driver getting by on Roush horsepower, good cars (until recently), and an "aw shucks" personality?

I gotta tell you, I am lately leaning toward the talent thing.  I just don't believe the guy has the talent for stock car racing at the highest level.  I think he would be fine at a dirt track in Missouri, but they don't reach speeds of 200MPH.  Or he would be fine in Indycars.  Those guys don't dare touch each other for fear of killing themselves.

I'm surprised series directors don't look into this situation.  If Carl Edwards finally manages to kill someone, and he surely will if this continues, France is going to have a lot of explaining to do.  And Jack Roush will be right there at the hearings along with France.  These two guys are as crazy as Edwards for allowing this to continue.  Officials should be slapped in the mouth for claiming they penalized Edwards.  I don't mind them using "wrestling promoter" methods to generate fan interest, but this is criminal what they are doing.