The Simple Fix for Talladega

Rob RhodesContributor IMay 4, 2009

TALLADEGA, AL - APRIL 26:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Claritin Ford goes airborne as Ryan Newman, driver of the #34 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet hits the wall at the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 26, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

Like most of the Cup races this year, I didn't get to watch this one live, and I'm kinda glad I didn't.

As I've mentioned before, I am a Carl Edwards fan. Seeing the No. 99 flying through the air scared the crap out of me, but I knew before seeing it that he come out unhurt. Seven fans in the stands weren't so lucky.  The two drivers involved in this wreck, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski, were not to blame for the injuries. NASCAR is to blame.

If NASCAR had stuck to it's original version of "The Yellow Line Rule," this wreck may have never happened. I can totally understand not allowing drivers below the yellow line in the turns, but this should be allowed on the frontstretch and backstretch, at least on the final lap. If this had been the case, Keselowski would have simply moved down below the line and out of Edwards' way.

From what I've read so far, NASCAR has no plan to change the rule. I guess Carl was right, maybe somebody does have to die before NASCAR steps up.

This article and more comments on it can be found on my blog at http://www.robsnascar.wordpress.com .

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