I'm a little late in offering congratulations to former student Carl Edwards. Carl won both NASCAR cup races on the last weekend this year, but it wasn't enough to fuel wins in either series. He finished second in both the Nationwide and the Sprint Cup series.
Despite the second place finishes (which ain't all that shabby), Carl won nine races in the Sprint Cup, including three of the last four. He won seven races in the Nationwide Cup this year, also including three of the last four. The finishes were not enough to win the overall points race, but the season was not shabby.
Edwards, who scored his first win of the season in Monday's
rain-postponed event in California, celebrated win No. 2 with his
trademark backflip. The victory moved Edwards to the top of the Sprint
Cup points standings for the first time in his career.
I am disappointed to see the rift between Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth nearly come to fisticuffs. It's one thing to have a problem with a teammate, but it's another thing to go after him when he's going to be interviewed! You've got to keep that private lest you want to end up on YouTube.
In regards to the lifting of the fist, the article notes:
Smith said that the Martinsville incident would not have attracted
the attention and concern that it did had Edwards not balled up his
fist. He also said there was no danger that Edwards would have used
“These racing things are so common between drivers,”
Smith said. “If Carl was not so over the edge in a public display of
making Matt flinch, there would be nothing to it. It was eighth-grade
boys locker room. It was, ‘Ha, ha, made you flinch.’ ”
Carl does grin before he walks away. Still, it looks bad. I'm glad my kids haven't seen that clip.
Carl Edwards, the NASCAR driver whose career began in dirt track racing in central Missouri, apparently broke his hand in a accident on the dirt track at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska.
The NASCAR superstar was involved in a third-lap collision and left
I-80 Speedway in the back of an ambulance. One track official said
there had been talk of someone in the collision having a broken bone,
and Carl's father, Carl Sr., said his son's hand "looked broken."
Outside of following what Carl does, I don't follow NASCAR much. Still, it surprises me that something like competing in such a race wouldn't be forbidden in racers' contracts. Riding motorcycles etc. are forbidden in some players' contracts in other sports, why not in NASCAR?