Does Carl Edwards deserve a suspension?
I have met NASCAR driver Carl Edwards many times either at the track or at promotional events around the North Texas area. He is one of the nicest guys you'll ever want to meet. But, what he did on Sunday deserves a suspension. Take your pick, one race or two.
Racing is one thing, but intentionally bumping Brad Keselowski was uncalled for. What makes it uncalled for is the simple fact that Edwards was 156 laps off the lead. That's when he decided to settle a score with Keselowski. If he had been really clever, he would have done it on the backstretch with fewer cameras.
Safety wise, none of us worry that much about the drivers inside those new cars anymore. After the redesign, the cage inside the car combined with the Hans devise, has made the cars safer than they've ever been. But even the cage won't stop a pipe from the fence entering the car and neither will it protect the fans who are sitting just a few feet from the track.
There's definitely some history between these guys. Last April, Keselowski and Edwards were racing for the win in a tightly bunched pack at Talladega when their cars got together. Edwards spun into Ryan Newman's path, and the second hit sent Edwards' car soaring toward the main stands. No one was hurt.
Earlier on Sunday, a mistake by Keselowski cost Edwards 156 laps. That's why he thought it was time for a payback.
NASCAR does have a new philosophy this year. It's called "have at it." It's supposed to let the drivers show more aggression and emotion. I didn't know stupidity was included.
As it stands now, Edwards faces the possibility of a fine, loss of points or even a suspension for the next race at Bristol in two weeks.
The good news is that Edwards was lucky no one was killed just to settle a score.