Carl Edwards Still Has Custody of Golden Horseshoe After NASCAR's Ruling

Sal Sigala Jr.Senior Analyst IJuly 21, 2010

CORAL GABLES, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Jimmie Johnson (L), driver of the the #48 Lowes Chevorlet and Carl Edwards (R), driver of the #99 Office Depot Ford, pose with the NASCAR Series trophy following the NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference on November 13, 2008 in Coral Gables, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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The now famous golden horseshoe, that Kevin Harvick said was stuck up Hendrick Motorsports' driver Jimmie Johnson’s rear end, has surfaced once again in the camp of Roush Fenway Racing’s driver Carl Edwards.

Edwards made it clear for a second time that he will not let anyone take a win away from him, after he claimed the nudge was simply a bump and run to get around Penske driver Brad Keselowski.

The bump, as Edwards called it, knocked Keselowski out of control on the final straightaway during the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 on Saturday night.

"That's my job, to win the race, and to make sure I don't get walked on or get something taken away from me that's mine," said Edwards as he insisted that he did nothing wrong.

Edwards also went on to say that he meant no harm to Keselowski, and all he wanted was to take the checkered flag he felt he deserved.

This is not the first time Edwards has claimed an on-track incident involving Keselowski wasn’t his fault, and it probably won’t be the last since its obvious there is no love lost between the two.

The first so-called incident happened in Atlanta earlier in the season, when Edwards purposely put Penske Racing driver Brad Keselowski into the wall, causing him to go airborne onto his roof before landing on all four wheels.

Edwards then put this survey on his facebook page, which clearly stated what his intentions were.

"My options: Considering that Brad wrecks me with no regard for anyone’s safety or hard work, should I:

A-Keep letting him wreck me?

B-Confront him after the race?

C-Wait til Bristol and collect other cars?

D-Take care of it now?

"I want to be clear that I was surprised at his flight and very relieved when he walked away. Every person has to decide what code they want to live by and hopefully this explains mine."

The word “option” should have never been selected, but instead, the word “decision” would have been more appropriate, followed with a more appropriate way of describing how to best look out for another person’s safety.

Edwards escaped with a three race probation, along with some harsh words and comments from the fans, for round No. 2 of the Carl Edwards-Brad Keselowski “have at it boys” spectacular.

Now with round No. 3 in the books, NASCAR took a harsher stand by penalizing the No. 60 team and the No. 22 driver for rule violations committed during last Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Gateway.

The penalties come as a result of violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing/aggressive driving) of the 2010 NASCAR Rule Book.

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60, has been penalized with the loss of 60 Nationwide Series championship drivers' points, fined $25,000, and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

Car owner Jack Roush has been penalized with the loss of 60 series championship owners' points.

Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 22, has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

Many of the fans have expressed that Edwards should have been parked for the rest of the season, or at the minimum, had his win taken away.

The penalty will stand with the golden horseshoe once again prevailing, until Johnson either takes it back, or round No. 4 of the Carl Edwards-Brad Keselowski “have at it boys” spectacular pushes NASCAR to take a more aggressive stance.


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