Ke­selowski, Ed­wards have dif­fer­ent views of feud

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — If any­thing has been re­solved in the Carl Ed­wards-Brad Ke­selowski feud, it cer­tainly wasn’t ap­par­ent Fri­day at In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speedway.

The driv­ers couldn’t even agree on the rea­sons be­hind the NASCAR penal­ties for their last-lap ac­tions in last week­end’s Na­tion­wide Se­ries race in Madi­son, Ill.

Ed­wards in­sisted that he re­ceived his penalty — loss of 60 points, a $25,000 fine and pro­ba­tion for the rest of the year — pri­mar­ily be­cause a num­ber of other cars were wrecked af­ter he in­ten­tion­ally spun Ke­selowski as the two raced to­ward the check­ered flag.

“When I left the race­track, ev­ery­thing seemed OK, like that was just a race and that’s how it went,” Ed­wards said. “As the week went on, I think some other things were brought to light about the other teams and maybe this was a gray area that they needed to ad­dress.”

A NASCAR news re­lease is­sued ear­lier this week cited “ag­gres­sive driv­ing” as the rea­son for Ed­wards’ penal­ties and the pro­ba­tion for Ke­selowski.

Ke­selowski was placed on pro­ba­tion for ini­ti­at­ing the con­tact be­tween the two driv­ers ear­lier in the lap, NASCAR spokesman Ram­sey Pos­ton said.

There will be plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties this week­end to see if Ed­wards and Ke­selowski can re­frain from fur­ther dus­tups.

Cup qual­i­fy­ing for Sun­day’s Brick­yard 400 be­gins this morn­ing, and both driv­ers are sched­uled to com­pete in tonight’s Na­tion­wide Se­ries race at O’Reilly Race­way Park in nearby Cler­mont, Ind.

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