Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250: Gateway International Raceway July 17, 2010
Another little gift that keeps on giving in the feud between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski.
The most react altercation took place in July with an extremely controversial bump and run that sent Edwards to the front of the pack and Keselowki into the wall, causing a mullticar pileup on the frontstretch.
The drivers raced side-by-side in the final lap and as Keselowki's Dodge inched ahead, Edwards turned into him and the rest was history.
"I just couldn't let him take the win from me," said Edwards, "My guys work way too hard for that."
"We had a great restart. My guys built me a great car. We came to the checkered flag, and I hate to see stuff tore up, but we came here to win and he took it from us there in Turn 1. Just an awesome race. ... I'm sure some of them don't like that win -- Brad Keselowski fans and stuff -- but, man, I just couldn't let him take it from me. I had to do what I had to do."
Keselowski's interpreted Edwards' actions as intentional.
"He turned left into me and wrecked me on purpose," Keselowski said. "I gave him the lane, and he still wrecked me. … I figured out a way to beat him. He wasn't happy with me, so he wrecked me. Wrecking down the straightaway is never cool, whether it's at 200 mph or 120. I'm sorry that's the way it had to end."
Keselowski's father, a retired racer, took an even harsher stance regarding the fiery finish.
"Brad got into Carl getting out of turn one -- racing -- they bumped, they rubbed, typical rubbing-racing deal," Bob Keselowski said. "Carl flipped out like he did at Atlanta and tried to kill the kid. I'm sick and tired of this. I'll get my own damn uniform back on and take care of this. He ain't going to kill my boy."
Edwards ultimately was penalized 60 points in the Nationwide Series championship standing, a fine of $25,000 and probation in all NASCAR series until the end of the year.
Edwards' car owner, Jack Rousch was penalized 60 owner championship points and Keselowski has also been put on probation until Dec. 31, 2010.
Will that be enough to finally put this feud to rest?