The Pendleton Panther

Nascar’s Call for Aggressive Driving Ends Badly

Posted on: March 8, 2010

Accent last Sunday

In hopes to draw back more fans during the middle of an attendance and ratings slump, Nascar went back to their natural roots and went back to aggressive driving. “Boys, have at it and have a good time,” Nascar’s vice president for competition, Robin Pemberton, said in January. If drivers wanted to use their fenders to bump others on the track —”Rubbin’ is racin,’ “as they say — Nascar would not necessarily penalize offenders.  The message was given to the drivers before the season and it was short and simple.  An obvious accident occurred on Sunday at the Sprint Cup Race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Carl Edwards, number 99, deliberately drove his car into the rear quarter panel of Brad Keselowski’s number 12 Dodge.  Luckily no one was hurt but the hit caused Keselowski’s car to go airborne in a wreck that could have been severe.  After the race Keselowski and the former driver Kyle Petty called Nascar and complained, hoping to punish Edwards.  Nascar agreed to idle Edwards for the rest of the race as punishment for the uncalled for accident.  Officials will decide on a further punishment by Thursday.

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