Sunday Feud Steals Spotlight
March 7, 2010 | 6:11 P.M. EST
After getting together early in the race, Edwards seemed to downplay the contact between the two.
“We were on the restart and I was going for the bottom," he said. "I knew Brad was peeking inside, but I thought he’d give me just a little bit of room and he didn’t and we ended up overlapping. I had it saved and I guess I got into the 20 car at the very top of the race track. I didn’t see that part of it, but it’s so frustrating for a number of reasons, most of which is that I love racing here.
"I know Brad has made his career on being super-aggressive. We both had a part in it and it’s not his fault, but it’s just a little too aggressive overall, I think, for that early in the race and caused us to wreck.”
When Edwards came back on track he found himself 156 laps down when he made contact with Keselowski seven laps from the finish as the pair raced down the frontstretch.
In what appeared to be a deliberate move, Edwards swerved to the right and into Keselowski's rear quarter panel with the result sending the No. 12 Dodge into a wild ride.
Keselowski flew upside down and into the wall in a scary-looking crash that thankfully ended without injury - but some obvious hard feelings.
Edwards was summoned to the NASCAR hauler and parked for the rest of the race.
"That was not what I was expecting," Edwards said. "Everybody knows the history between me and Brad. People have to respect each other. I wish that didn't happen the way it did."
Keselowski, who was on track for a potential top five finish, was obviously upset with what transpired.
“To come back and just intentionally wreck someone, that’s not cool,” Keselowski said. “He could have killed someone in the grandstands.”