By admin | October 5, 2008
By Jayson D. Henry
Last week Carl Edwards took the approach of, â€œpoints be damned, I want to win racesâ€. He flew by Jimmie Johnson going into turn 3 on the last lap but his car wouldnâ€™t stick and he drifted into the wall. Johnson passed him back and went on to win the race.
Winning races, not collecting points, seems to do it for Edwards.
On the other hand, Johnson had an opportunity to win in Talladega on Sunday and instead decided to play it safe. After two â€œBig Onesâ€ eliminated most of the serious competition Johnson could have gone all out for a win. Instead, he decided to play it safe and have a good points day.
One of those big crashes was the result of Edwards’ racing to win rather than have a good points day.
Johnson cruised to a 9th place finish. He said over his in car radio something to the effect of, â€œI think Iâ€™ve used up my good luck for the dayâ€, when asked if was going to go for it by his crew chief.
Edwards likes to win races and let the points fall where they may. Johnson seems to want to play it safe, not make any big mistakes and let the points fall where they may. At least that seems to be his strategy in 2008.
There is something to be said for both strategies. Johnson has two championships to prove his way works.
Edwards style has not yet produced a championship but he makes things exciting.
Last year, of course, Johnson was the one racing for wins during the Chase for the Championship but he had to. Jeff Gordon pushed him right to the very end.
In the end Johnsonâ€™s style of playing it safe may very well result in a third championship, but Edwardsâ€™ style will result in the race finishes fans like to see when they pay for their tickets.
Jayson D. Henry is a guest blogger for RacingWithRich.com.
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