Edwards Spins Keselowski, Wins Gateway

One of the wildest finishes this season, to be seen at the Gateway International Raceway Nationwide race, saw the feud between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski reignite after the former did the unthinkable and pushed Keselowski into the wall as he was coming for the checkered flag.

The incident, which is likely to cause the NASCAR sanctioning body to react in one way or another, took place in the last turn of the last lap of the Dodge Dealers 250 race. By all intents and purposes it was Keselowski who started it all, passing Edwards by means of a light touch.

Edwards fought back and hit Keselowski in the left-rear, sending him spinning into the inside wall. Keselowski bounced down across the track to the inside wall, and got hit hard by Shelby Howard and Steve Arpin. Obviously, Keselowski says Edwards move was intentional, a scenario not so disputed by the latter.

"He turned left into me and wrecked me on purpose," Keselowski said according to NASCAR. "I gave him the lane, and he still wrecked me. … I figured out a way to beat him. He wasn't happy with me, so he wrecked me. Wrecking down the straightaway is never cool, whether it's at 200 mph or 120. I'm sorry that's the way it had to end."

"I just couldn't let him take the win from me," admitted Edwards. "My guys work way too hard for that.”

So far, NASCAR hasn't taken any decision. Nationwide Series director Joe Balash did say however than the battle between the two, which last March ended in a a three-race probation for Edwards after a similar skirmish, was just the result of hard racing.

“I think at the last lap there was a lot of hard racing going on," Balash said. "There was some movement on the racetrack. It was a tough finish for a really great race.”

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