Now, before I get blasted, I’m not a NASCAR fan. I’m aware of the competition and of course, some of the personalities. In fact, it’s safe to say my NASCAR knowledge doesn’t extend much past the “I know Jimmy Johnson is pretty damn awesome at what he does. His wife’s hot, too.” Outside of that, besides names like Stewart, Earnhart, and Gordon, I’m a NASCAR know-nothing.
I do, however, know bad form when I see it, and thanks to some petty back-and-forth-ing from Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski, we have some bad form from two stock car drivers who can’t or won’t let their differences go. From what I’ve read, there’s a history between these two and that’s all fine and good. What’s not fine and good however, is using such a powerful vehicle to get some sort of payback against the offending driver.
Perhaps I’m wrong.
Perhaps it is good form using a vehicle weighing over 3000 pounds and is capable of speeds in excess of 200 MPH, to do make a point or get some payback when you’re feeling wronged. What the hell happened to smacking each other around in pit row? Seems a lot safer and the repercussions are nowhere near as expensive. Of course, what does a city-slicker like me know? Apparently, when it comes to some NASCAR-flavored payback, not much. That being said, using your car as a weapon — or a tool to carry out your mission of revenge — is incredibly suspect.
Try doing that on the way to work tomorrow when somebody cuts you off. I doubt a dented car would be the least of your worries.
Apparently, this weekend existed just so we could post some non-regular content around here. This time, we’re talking NASCAR and Carl Edwards. By now, you’ve probably seen footage of the final lap crash that could have been so much worse, but thanks to the retaining fences, spectators in grandstand only suffered minor injuries. While the fence did in fact hold, Edwards’ car was dangerously close to clearing the barricade, something the driver is well aware of:
“I’m glad the car didn’t go up in the grandstands and hurt somebody,” Edwards said. “I saw some fencing at one point and that made me a little bit nervous. I don’t know if I could live with myself if I ended up in the grandstands.”
Thankfully, Edwards doesn’t have to face such a horrible reality. That doesn’t mean, however, the awesomely-terrifying wreck hasn’t spawned talk of rule changes to prevent this kind of racing chaos — something that wasn’t restricted to the Edwards wreck:
On Lap 7, contact between Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon turned into a wreck involving 14 cars, knocking four out of the race and badly damaging five. Gordon finished 37th and lost the points lead to Kurt Busch.
A 10-car wreck later collected, among others, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, pole-sitter Juan Pablo Montoya and Jimmie Johnson. During that caution, Earnhardt, running second, and Newman, running first, concocted a scheme to leave the field behind.
Are changes to the restrictor-plate necessary to prevent these kind of field-clearing wrecks? According to many drivers, the answer is yes.