NASCAR Friday at Bristol: Edwards, Keselowski, Harvick, Logano, and More

Ashley McCubbinAnalyst IMarch 19, 2010

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 19:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Scotts Ford, sits in his car prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 19, 2010 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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The talk right when everybody got into Bristol dealt with the incident two weeks ago when Carl Edwards wrecked Brad Keselowski. Edwards restricted comment on Keselowski, saying he'll comment after meeting. Keselowski said on Thursday in Nashville that he plans on no payback for Brad, adding that the slate is clean.

“I don’t have any hard feelings; it’s over as far as I’m concerned,” Keselowski said on Thursday.
 
However at the track on Friday, things quickly heated up after Kevin Harvick said that Edwards was "fake" on a radio show earlier in the week.

In response to that, Edwards told his opinion straight up

"I have absolutely no respect for Kevin Harvick," Edwards said. "I think he's a bad person. That's my opinion. I've told him that. "We've had our deal before and his actions through that were so devious and underhanded and cowardly that I just have no respect for him.

"When people like that question me, it makes me feel better because if those people were lined up patting me on the back, I'd be on the wrong side of what's right and wrong. And I truly believe that. I am not trying to be a good guy or a bad guy. That's just who I am.

"All those people that say whatever they say, know that if I have an issue with them, I go speak to them. I don't go talk behind their back like little girls, that's what a lot of them do. I learned that wasn't cool in about fifth grade."

When Kevin Harvick was told the comments from Edwards, he added more thought towards what he said and also thoughts towards Edwards' penalty.

"I don't think I ever said anything about the penalty being one way or the other. I made a crack about maybe I got in trouble in the wrong era," Harvick said.

"It was more expensive then. But things change, and the sport has changed, and I'm not up in arms about anything like that. As far as the fake comment, you can't be the nice guy, you can't be the bad guy, and you can't be the bully. So, I mean, that's just how I feel about that."

Delana Harvick also tweeted in response, "No he just leaves notes in planes!"

Recall the incident from two years ago when Edwards, according to the Charlotte Observer, left a note on Harvick's plane that said, "I was really trying to screw up everyone's day. Love, Carl," which resulted from Harvick calling Edwards a "pansy" for riding in the back at Talladega all day and then causing the big wreck. The following weekend at Charlotte, the feud continued with an incident in the Nationwide garage.

According to witnesses of the Charlotte incident, Edwards approached Harvick in the garage that day and after a heated conversation, Harvick turned to walk away. Then Edwards grabbed him by the shoulder and spun him around, in which then Harvick shoved Edwards in retaliation on to the hood of Harvick's car.

Sprint Cup First Practice:

Joey Logano led practice with a speed of 124.114mph while he was followed by Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne. Last year's winner Kyle Busch, though, was back in 38th.

With the new goodyear tires, lack of rear grip was heard from many drivers as everybody was loose. This promoted problems during practice as five minutes into the session, Kyle Busch went for a little spin and was then followed by Bobby Labonte, who got into the wall, and Jimmie Johnson. The only one that went to a back-up, however, was Bobby Labonte.

Nationwide Series Practice:

Danny O'Quinn Jr. led practice with a speed of 121.836 mph while he was followed by Brad Keselowski, Justin Allgaier, Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick.

The loose conditions continued into the Nationwide practice as multiple drivers had issues there. Scott Riggs, Joey Logano, John Wes Townley and Johnny Chapman all ran into the issues, though John Wes Townley was the only driver to a back-up.


Sprint Cup Qualifying:

Joey Logano won the pole with a speed of 124.630 mph, followed by Kurt Busch, Dave Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, and Jeff Gordon while Max Papis and Mike Bliss went home. The shock of qualifying, however, was Kyle Busch as last year's winner qualified 38th. Click here to see the full lineup

The handling issues continued as Brad Keselowski spun the car, though went on to continue his qualifying run. Max Papis also spun, which cost him a shot at running the race Sunday.


Nationwide Series Happy Hour

Brad Keselowski led the practice with a speed of 123.714 mph, followed by Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Trevor Bayne, and Kasy Kahne.

Bad luck continued for John Wes Townely in happy hour as his back-up car caught fire on pit road. Nobody was injured and Townley was seen on track later running the car.


Saturday:
Nationwide Qualifying and Race plus a pair of practices for the Sprint Cup Series.

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