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Edwards, Keselowski Penalized

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Wednesday, July 21 2010

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

NASCAR has ruled on the ugly incident which occurred during Saturday night’s Nationwide Series race.

The series has penalized the No. 60 team and the No. 22 driver for rule violations committed during last Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Gateway International Raceway.

The penalties come as a result of violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing/ aggressive driving) of the 2010 NASCAR Rule Book.

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60, has been penalized with the loss of 60 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship driver points, fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31

Jack Roush, owner of Edwards’ Ford, has been penalized with the loss of 60 series championship owner points.

Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 22, has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

The incidents leading to the penalties occurred on the last lap of Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250.

In the first turn of the lap, Keselowski bumped Edwards out of the way to take the lead. Edwards held onto his car and came back to reach Keselowski’s rear bumper. He then bumped Keselowski, the series’ point leader, out of the way to retake the lead.

Keselowski crashed into the outside wall and then was hit by two other cars.

Edwards won the race and afterward admitted he wrecked Keselowski as payback.

“We have received notification of NASCAR’s penalties against Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Roush Fenway Racing related to Saturday night’s race at Gateway International Raceway,” Roush Fenway president Geoff Smith said.

“As with all NASCAR actions of this nature, we will internally evaluate the penalties, and the underlying explanations, prior to making any decision about next steps. We look forward to watching Carl and Brad as they continue to compete on a weekly basis for the championship in the Nationwide Series.”

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Wednesday, July 21 2010
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  • Richard in N.C. says:

    For the good of Carl, Brad, and the sport I sure do wish Humpy Wheeler was still active so that he could come up with some fun, creative competition or “duel” between Carl and Brad that could diffuse the situation and get publicity for the sport.