Brad Keselowski needs to resolve some issues

March 10, 2010

A side issue coming out of Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski's interactions in Sunday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was that the racing world learned Denny Hamlin isn't the only driver who has issues with Keselowski.

I asked Hamlin for his thoughts via Twitter on Tuesday morning when news first surfaced that Edwards was not going to be suspended.

"I think everyone needs to take a chill pill," Hamlin replied. "Was it OK for Brad to spin me in front of the field? How dangerous was that to me?"

Back at Homestead in November, when Hamlin wrecked Keselowski intentionally during a Nationwide race, he alluded to the fact he did didn't do it just for himself. He said it was also for all the other drivers Keselowski wrecked in the previous weeks. Edwards indicated there was more than met the eye in his case too.

"Brad knows the deal between him and I," Edwards said mysteriously after Sunday's race.

A Penske Racing spokesman said Keselowski was not available for an interview Tuesday.

Most new Cup drivers go through a period where they're still learning the unwritten rules of driving and how to accomplish their own goals without knocking over everybody else's. Kevin Harvick and Juan Pablo Montoya, for example, ruffled some feathers in their first seasons.

None of them received quite this much reaction though. Two experienced Cup drivers have been so furious with Keselowski they felt the need to wreck him in retaliation.

Keselowski is a smart, interesting and thoughtful driver. He has paid his dues, races hard and aggressively. He is a good guy. But at this point, it's not everybody else's fault. If Keselowski doesn't take a look at what he can change, he'll remain a punching bag.

Ten things we learned:

•NASCAR meant, "Boys, have at it."

•Any track that leads to speeds as fast as those at Atlanta Motor Speedway can lead to upside-down cars. That's the real issue for NASCAR.

•Twitter is great when news breaks during an off week. Driver reactions came quickly after Edwards' probation was announced. Harvick said he'd consider asking for refunds on his past penalties.

Kurt Busch will race in the NHRA's Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in the Super Gas division this weekend while NASCAR is off.

Steve Addington made no secret about wanting to be better than the 18 team from which he was fired as crew chief last season. Round 1 goes to him as Addington won with Kurt Busch on Sunday. His old driver, Kyle Busch, finished 25th and dropped to 15th in the point standings.

•There is something that can upstage Jimmie Johnson who, by the way, improved one spot to fourth in the point standings.

•International Speedway Corporation named former Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey its new managing director of business.

•The Cowboys' Jason Witten was named honorary starter for next week's race in Bristol.

Scott Speed and Paul Menard are in the top 12.

•Wait … SCOTT SPEED and PAUL MENARD are the top 12?

- Tania Ganguli

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