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NASCAR crashes: Vigilante justice going too far?

What exactly does "boys, have at it" mean?

As Carl Edwards understands it, apparently, it means when someone angers you on the race track, you wreck him and you wreck him hard, regardless of what other competitors get taken out in the mess.

NASCAR will have to determine its answer, and soon.

Brad Keselowski is a driver who has annoyed many, but none has wrecked him multiple times so forcefully as Edwards has. Twice Edwards has put Keselowski in a visibly and obviously dangerous position. He did it in Atlanta in March and at Gateway International Raceway in this weekend's Nationwide race.

Both wrecks were intentional and payback. The first time Edwards was parked. The second time he won the race.


The relaxation on rules about decorum has been refreshing from NASCAR. It had been great to see drivers able to say what they want without penalties. It has been fun to see them get out of their cars and argue in each other's faces.

But there's a line somewhere and NASCAR has to decide where it is before things really get out of control.

Ten things we learned last week:

1. Carl Edwards has quite the sense of vigilante justice.

2. Most observers objected to Edwards' actions of intentionally wrecking Keselowski. It's the second time this season he has found himself on the wrong end of public perception.

3. Jeff Gordon said what Edwards did was "definitely out of line."

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined Albert Pujols, Travis Pastrana, LaDainian Tomlinson and the Oakland Raiders as part of ESPN's Make-A-Wish series this year. In his segment, Earnhardt met with Jeffrey Buzzell, a 15-year-old with Alport syndrome, a kidney disease.

5. A friend of Earnhardt's once told me being charitable was important to Earnhardt, though he didn't advertise it.

The ESPN segment marked the 200th Make-A-Wish event Earnhardt has been part of.

6. Juan Pablo Montoya's wife, Connie Freydell, gave birth to the couple's third child this week.

7. Fun fact: Sebastian Montoya, Juan Pablo and Connie's oldest son, has a favorite NASCAR driver, but it isn't dad. He likes Kyle Busch.

8. Winning at Chicago meant more to David Reutimann than we can probably understand. It wasn't long ago that Reutimann was struggling to make it financially as he chased his racing dream. Ty Norris, vice president and general manager of Michael Waltrip Racing, wrote in a column for, "Since the first moment I met David, I sensed the fear of returning to those days had become his shadow, the boogeyman under the bed. It seemed as if he has always wondered if he belonged, if he was secure, if he was worthy."

9. Boris Said will drive the No. 83 Red Bull Racing Toyota at Watkins Glen.

10. Jimmie Johnson has won three of the last four races at Indianapolis and the last two. This is his track until someone else takes it.

— Tania Ganguli

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