A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words: Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IOctober 11, 2008

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. NASCAR says that the incident between Harvick and Edwards is a non-issue.

What are they going to say now that there is photographic evidence of what went down in the garage area at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Thursday.

Jen Preston broke the story of Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick getting into an altercation at Lowe's after last Sunday's Amp Energy 500 at Talladega.

NASCAR said that it was a non-issue and nothing would come as a result.

However, now we know that Edwards grabbed Harvick by the throat and my question is, how will NASCAR let this slide?

In 2003 when Jimmy Spencer punched Kurt Busch in the garage at Michigan, they suspended Spencer for one week.

When Jeff Gordon shoved Matt Kenseth at Bristol, he was fined and placed on probation.

They each had laid hands on another person, something NASCAR says is a no-no, but now Carl has done the same thing. And they're going to look the other way?

And Edwards also has a history of "going off the deep end."

During the Chase in 2007 at Martinsville, he became upset with his teammate Matt Kenseth. After the race was over and cameras were rolling, he approached Matt and they argued. Then as he walked away he cocked back as if to punch him but appeared to think better of it.

During a Nationwide race at Michigan after being spun by Dale Earnhardt Jr. he came back out on the race track and hit Earnhardt Jr.'s car as he rode around under caution. At the time Earnhardt Jr.'s hand was out of the window and could have been hit.

We've also seen him turn Kyle Busch at Bristol in April after Busch bumped him on the cool down lap as he was getting ready to celebrate.

Will NASCAR calm Carl down? Emotion is one thing, but getting physical with someone is a totally different story.

It's time to hand down the penalties.