By admin | November 22, 2011
By Richard Allen
Prior to arriving at the Homestead- Miami Speedway for this past weekendâ€™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, â€œ”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 Edwardsâ€™ mind as several laps later he again told his spotter, â€œ”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, â€œI never touched the 99. I just moved over to get a side draft but I never touched him.â€
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 Stewartâ€™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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