Just when you thought it was safe to watch Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards race for a win, this happens:
Keselowski had run Edwards up the track to take the lead in turn one. Coming off of turn 4, Edwards used the PIT* to turn Keselowski right into the wall. Keso then spun back across the track, collecting Colin Braun before he hit the inside wall and had Shelby Howard slam headfirst into him, as well as Steve Arpin. Taylor Malsom was also spun during the wreck.
In his victory lane interview Edwards claimed that he was just taking the win back from Keso. I don't get it, Keso gets him loose, and gives him the chance to win, and Edwards retaliates by wrecking Keso in a disastrous fashion. I feel that what Edwards did was uncalled for. Really. I'm not much of a fan of either of these guys and I think that my opinion is an unbiased one and it was a bad move. It was a local short track move, not a Nascar move. And certainly not a move that a former Nationwide Champion should be doing.
The announcers handled the wreck okay. We didn't get a Rusty Wallace "Dumbass" comment, like he gave to Kyle Busch last week. The only thing I had a problem with was them sticking a microphone in front of Bob Keselowski.
Bob, father to Brad and Brian, is a former racecar driver, hence the "I'll put my suit back on" comment he made on the broadcast, but in this case, he's just Brad's dad. Bob is the listed owner of the K-Motorsports team, which fields the #26 for Brian Keselowski as well as the #92 and #96 part time. If it was Brian that was turned into the wall, I could see you talking to the team owner. But it wasn't Brian, he started and parked.
Bob is a father. It's his job to say his son can do no wrong. So of course, he's gonna be mad about Carl Edwards wrecking his son. Even if it would have been Brad's fault (which it wasn't IMHO) Bob would have been mad at Carl.
I did feel for Bob, but saying that Carl Edwards is trying to kill your son is a little much. Plus, it's incorrect. Nascar has made these cars the safest form of Racing around. We can wreck guys like this because it's a 1 in a million chance they will get hurt. We lost Dale in a wreck that was 1 in a million.
I was surprised they talked to Bob. I don't see them Skype Chatting with Brad Coleman's Dad after Matt DiBenedetto got loose and collected him. I didn't see a call to Carl Edwards' dad after he flew into the fence at Dega. Just cause Bob is there, doesn't mean you gotta talk to him. Just look at Joey Logano's dad. He should never have gotten into it with Kevin Harvick.
We love a sport where guys can take each other out, talk about it, and be sitting around enjoying a Coke the next week. The problem is, we love drama. We like to see things like Edwards telling us all he intentionally took out Keso. We love to hear "he won't kill my boy". It gets us going. Makes you love this sport. It's a necessary evil.
Finishing order, and a few more of my ramblings after the JUMP!
*Precision Immobilization Technique or PIT maneuver is a method by which one car pursuing another can force the pursued vehicle to abruptly turn sideways to the direction of travel, causing the driver to lose control and stop.
|1||8||60||Carl Edwards||Aflac Ford||200||Running|
|2||13||32||Reed Sorenson||Dollar General Stores Toyota||200||Running|
|3||1||99||Trevor Bayne||Out! Pet Care Toyota||200||Running|
|4||5||98||Paul Menard||Richmond/Menards Ford||200||Running|
|5||9||66||Steve Wallace||5-hour Energy Toyota||200||Running|
|6||6||11||Brian Scott #||AccuDoc Toyota||200||Running|
|7||2||16||Colin Braun #||Con-way Ford||200||Running|
|8||34||7||Josh Wise||GoDaddy/HowDoYou?.com Chevy||200||Running|
|9||15||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #||CitiFinancial Ford||200||Running|
|10||22||34||Tony Raines||Long John Silvers Chevy||200||Running|
|11||33||15||Michael Annett||Pilot Travel Centers Toyota||200||Running|
|12||12||70||Shelby Howard||Foretravel Chevy||200||Running|
|13||26||88||Steve Arpin||Blue Harbor Bank Chevy||200||Running|
|14||3||22||Brad Keselowski||Discount Tire Dodge||200||Running|
|15||21||5||Willie Allen||31-W Insulation Chevy||200||Running|
|16||10||33||Kevin Harvick||Jimmy John's Chevy||200||Running|
|17||4||62||Brendan Gaughan||South Point Casino & Hotel Toyota||198||Running|
|18||20||10||Tayler Malsam||Iron Horse Jeans Toyota||198||Running|
|19||39||40||Mike Bliss||Jansen Chevy Chevy||198||Running|
|20||32||28||Kenny Wallace||Juggle.com Chevy||198||Running|
|21||41||21||Morgan Shepherd||Victory in Jesus Racing Chevy||197||Running|
|22||37||1||Mike Wallace||Bandana's Bar-B-Q Chevy||197||Running|
|23||24||38||Jason Leffler||Great Clips Toyota||196||Running|
|24||42||23||Alex Kennedy||Media Master Chevy||196||Running|
|25||16||12||Justin Allgaier||Verizon Wireless Dodge||194||Accident|
|26||43||24||Eric McClure||Hefty Odor Block Ford||193||Running|
|27||17||87||Joe Nemechek||HostGator.com Chevy||189||Accident|
|28||19||0||Ryan Truex||NAPA Toyota||178||Accident|
|29||18||20||Matt DiBenedetto||Pizza Ranch Toyota||163||Running|
|30||7||18||Brad Coleman||SafeWay Driving Centers Toyota||150||Accident|
|31||38||9||Landon Cassill||RAB Racing Ford||102||Vibration|
|32||29||27||Kelly Bires||Baker-Curb Racing Ford||62||Engine|
|33||40||43||Brad Baker||Baker-Curb Racing Ford||61||Brakes|
|34||23||35||Jason Keller||TriStar Motorsports Chevy||44||Accident|
|35||31||56||Kevin Lepage||RaceDaySponsor.com Chevy||26||Ignition|
|36||11||91||Chase Miller||D'Hondt-Humphrey Motorsports Chevy||24||Electrical|
|37||28||90||Danny O'Quinn Jr.||D'Hondt-Humphrey Motorsports Chevy||20||Vibration|
|38||27||26||Brian Keselowski||K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge||13||Brakes|
|39||14||37||Kevin Swindell||Curb Records Ford||8||Brakes|
|40||35||89||Johnny Chapman||Victory In Jesus Chevy||6||Oil Pressure|
|41||25||36||Johnny Sauter||Long John Silvers Chevy||4||Electrical|
|42||36||92||Dennis Setzer||K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge||3||Vibration|
|43||30||49||Mark Green||Jay Robinson Inc. Chevy||2||Electrical|
Great race for Trevor Bayne, he picked up his best career finish. Both Roush Rookies had top 10s in this race. Steven Wallace also picked up his first top 5 of the year.
I mentioned that the #43 would drop out of the top 30 in points bu that was before Michael McDowell missed the race. Had McDowell raced, he would have moved past the #43. Instead the team is still locked in, and McDowell had falled back. Here's the battle:
McDowell just needs to keep making races, and he could have that team back in one or two weeks.
Next week we head to ORP in Indiana for the Kroger 200. It's race 3 of 4 straight under the lights racing. Join us Saturday July 24th at 8 eastern, 7 Central for more great Nationwide Racing! Enjoy!