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Edwards feared Harvick would interfere with championship outcome

By admin | November 22, 2011

By Richard Allen

Prior to arriving at the Homestead- Miami Speedway for this past weekend’s championship deciding events, competitors were warned by NASCAR to not interfere with the outcome of the championship in any of the three divisions being contested. During the running of the Ford 400 on Sunday, Carl Edwards believed Kevin Harvick was indeed trying to interfere with the championship outcome and asked his crew to do something about it.

Just after the halfway mark of the race, Harvick and his crew employed a two tire stop to gain track position. This put him ahead of Edwards as the race restarted. Within a few laps Edwards caught and passed Harvick on the outside as their machines raced off of turn four. Just as Edwards went by, Harvick veered to the right. If the two cars did not actually touch, it was very close.

After that, Edwards came across his team radio to say, “”Have NASCAR talk to the 29. He’s running into us and affecting the outcome.”

The contact, or near contact, apparently continued to weigh on Edwards’ mind as several laps later he again told his spotter, “”Make sure you have NASCAR keep an eye on that 29,” Edwards says again. “He was goofing with us earlier.”

When told by his spotter that the Edwards team had issued a complaint, Harvick replied, “I never touched the 99. I just moved over to get a side draft but I never touched him.”

Although they have had some pretty intense battles themselves, eventual race winner and Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and Harvick have a longstanding relationship. Stewart has driven Nationwide Series cars for the now defunct Kevin Harvick, Inc. in the past.

And more, Edwards and Harvick also have a longstanding relationship, but not such a positive one. After Harvick criticized Edwards for a move he made that caused a crash in 2008 at Talladega the two were involved in a physical altercation the next weekend in Charlotte.

It should also be noted that both Harvick and Stewart drive Chevrolets while Edwards drives a Ford. The Roush Fenway Racing driver may have also figured that into his thinking.

Apparently, Edwards felt as though his tumultuous relationship with Harvick combined with Stewart’s more hospitable one with the same driver were enough of a reason to be concerned on Sunday. As it turns out, there was never another instance in which Edwards and Harvick came near enough to each other for anything to happen.

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20 Responses to “Edwards feared Harvick would interfere with championship outcome”

  1. Jeff P Says:
    November 22nd, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Come on Rich. “Got close enough that anything can happen?!?” Only NOTHINH DID HAPPEN (asside from Carl whinning about nothing)! This is a preety BIG non issue piece. Harvick is ahead, Edwards passes, Harvick moves up but doesn’t intefere with Edwards, Edwards squeels (Only God knows why) and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAPPENS. Why on earth is ANYONE talking about THIS. Why not report that a lady in turn 4 almost had a heart attack but BURPPED instead; But it turns out not one little thing happened. Just not news here”

  2. Bill B Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 7:37 am

    The issue here is that it exposes what a farce that race was. If 41 drivers were told they have to yield to the two championship contenders then what’s the point.

    This cheapens all the talk about Tony Stewart passing 5000 cars during the race. It’s easy to pass if the pull over and let you by.

  3. Arnold Decker Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 8:28 am

    It was Hendrick money and special cars that won the championship. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

  4. john hickson Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 8:29 am

    i agree,all 43 guys should race as if it were the 3rd race of the season. no pullin over ,no getting out of the way. goin for it. NASCAR as a sanctioning body is soooooo stupid about some things. at least they didnt throw a phantom caution with 7 laps to go to set up a GWC

  5. Josie Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Well, Jeff is alittle cranky this morning…and Bill must’ve been watching a different race then I was Sunday. In an interview last week Harvick DID state he (if the circumstance presented itself) WOULD “help” Stewart in a “non Chase interfering manner”…and I didn’t see cars laying down to let Stewart pass…I saw Stewart going 3-4 wide up to the wall and down on the apron to pass “5000″ cars. Granted, during the very end of the race SOME lap cars gVe way to Stewart and Edwards … but alot didn’t. I have a sneaky suspicion if Harvick had been one of those lap cars Edwards would have had a real tough time getting around him!

  6. Oceancat Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Jimmy Spencer got it right on NASCAR Race Hub Tuesday, Harvick has this uncontrollable urge to be a “tough guy” and it is diminishing his ability to be a championship-winning driver. I felt that Harvick’s obsession with Kyle Busch this year took him out of real Chase contention at mid-season. Busch pushing the 29 in to the pit wall at Darlington while Harvick swung and missed at Busch’s helmet has to be one of NASCAR’s funniest all-time moments. While I admire Harvick’s ability on the track, I’m not sure he bright enough to be a Sprint Cup champion.

  7. Lou Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Harvick made some aggressive moves on Jimmie Johnson the last race in the Chase 3-4 years ago. TV played Chad’s radio where Chad said, “What did we do to the #29 this week?” Typical Harvick being Harvick just like Jimmie Spencer said last night.

  8. Glen H Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Why did NASCAR even bother letting the other 41 cars on the track then? If NASCAR is so concerned about other cars affecting the outcome of the chase, they should just let the 12 chase cars run the last 10 races and park the rest of the field.

    It is racing and there are 43 cars in the race after all.

  9. Jerome Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Let them race. God forbid if some car had gotten loose and taken out either Stewart or Edwards. It would have been unfortunate; what would NASCAR have done? Stuff happens when you have 43 cars on the track (supposedly) racing. I would love to know what NASCAR’s definition of “interfering with the race” was in this case. John, you are so right. I just kept waiting for a yellow-I was sure it was going to happen and quite shocked when it didn’t.

  10. Bill B Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Well Josie,
    The fact that Carl would even whine to NASCAR about someone racing him “too hard” and “afffecting the championship” during the race proves more than your comment. If there wasn’t an order to pull over why would Carl have done that given the fact that Harvick really didn’t do anything even close to controversial in any other race.
    You can drink the koolaide if you want but I’ll give you an example. That 4 wide pass that Tony made where one of the drivers was Kyle Busch. I saw Kyle move up, away from Tony, giving him plenty of room even though he got dangerously close to the car to the right of him. Any other race in the season Kyle drops down to block Tony from making that move.
    I realize that Tony fans want to build his legend as high as possible but maybe it was you that was watching the race through fan-colored glasses.

  11. Bill B Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 10:52 am

    FYI - That should be “Harvick really didn’t do anything even close to controversial in that race.” Meaning Homestead.
    He’s done lots of controversial stuff everywhere else.

  12. midasmicah Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 10:56 am

    It wasn’t Harvick Edwards should have watching out for. Didn’t anyone else notice the beautiful blocking Brad K did on Edwards after the last caution. This allowed Stewart to build a lead that wouldn’t be challenged. Stewart probably would have won anyway, but Carl and Brad have had their run ins.

  13. Sue Rarick Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Harvick will do whatever Harvick needs to do in order to get in a spotlight……..everything but win a championship

  14. Larry Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Hey folks, Nascar is not telling the other drivers not to race. It’s just telling them not to interfere with the guys running for the championship. Would you want Biffle trying to block Tony or Tony’s Team mate doing the same thing to Edwards? That’s the things that I’m sure Nascar had in mind when they talked with the other drivers.

  15. Joe W. Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Harvick is a jerk. He has proved it over and over again. Bill B. Edwards talking on his radio is NOT complaining to NASCAR. He just wanted a fair chance. Guys like Harvick and Kezoloski or however you spell it aren’t good enough to win championships themselves so they want to hurt someone elses chances. Stewart is a great driver buyt so is Edwards. They should be able to race each other for the title and not have some guy who isn’t in contention knock them out. Perhaps some of this extra manufactured drama could be removed buy going back to a season long champion with no chase. Oh wait you guys wouldn’t want that because Carl would have one that! I’m tired of all the chevy people. Have you driven that government funded crap? Fords are better period, exlcamation point!!!

  16. Bill B Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Joe,
    I agree Harvick is a jerk. I’ve never liked him. He is a punk. But that doesn’t change the fact that it seems most of the drivers did not push the issue when they were around Stewart or Edwards.
    For the most part it was down to the 14 and 99 after the flag fell at Martinsville. In the three races after that the 14 and 99 finished, 1st and 2nd @ Texas, 3rd and 2nd @ Phoenix, and 1st and 2nd @ Homestead. Statistically speaking do you know how low the probability is of the top two guys finishing that closely and that high up in the order three weeks straight. Just look back at the results prior to that. They both ran good obviously but not so dominating as to render the rest of the impetant. I don’t buy that they both were that much better than the rest of the field for all three of those races. IMO the rest of the guys (except for Vickers… LOL) started backing off as the became mathematically eliminated when racing those two.

  17. jerseygirl Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Gee, poor Carl, he asked NASCAR to keep Harvick away from him and not “interfere”, but then Ford Co. doesn’t give any “team orders” do they?

    Sheesh, how about just racing? The chase is a farce anyway, still just a 10 race championship, no matter who won it.

  18. Josie Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I guess I watched an entirely different race..I hate koolaid but do like Stewart. As far as Kyle moving away from
    Stewart on the final restart..I’m sure Kyle was thinking”well I already wrecked the truck title contender..don’t think NASCAR would give me any more passes if I wrecked Stewart”. To me, when NASCAR tells the guys not to “change interfere with the outcome of the championship” I think they are referring to paybacks and team orders. The cars that did move out of the way the last laps were lap cars..that’s standard procedure for cars during any race. I guess not everyone is happy Stewart won…I am..so there you have it!!

  19. Lee Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    aww, something ‘ALMOST’ happened , the cuz got his panties in a twist and Harvick’s a jerk?? Carl needs to stop whining and you Harvick haters need to shut the hell up. if you dont like hard racing, don’t watch it.

  20. tyler west Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 7:09 am

    That race was a JOKE!! It was more made for TV BS!!! If you really think everyone else was that much slower than you need to have your head examined. This is what Brian France has turned the sport into. And to make things worse, Nascar bring Ms. Obama down to parade around!!! The only thing I can’t stand more than Hendrick always buying his way to another championship (Stewart’s included) are BS politicians and celebrities showing up to blow smoke up everyone rear. Stay out!! Go blow smoke somewhere else!!!