Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards wants to talk to Brad Keselowski on Saturday before commenting on their controversial incident at Atlanta Motor Speedway March 7, in which Edwards intentionally wrecked Keselowski and sent his car flying into the fence.
But Edwards is responding to criticism of him by Richard Childress Racing’s Kevin Harvick, who has had his issues with Edwards in the past and called Edwards “fake.”
“I have absolutely no respect for Kevin Harvick,” Edwards said Friday before practice at Bristol Motor Speedway. “I think he’s a bad person. That’s my opinion. I’ve told him that. We’ve had our deal before and his actions through that interaction were so devious and underhanded and cowardly that, it’s like, I just have no respect for him.
“… When people like that question me, it makes me feel better because if those people were lined up patting me on the back I’d be on the wrong side of what’s right and wrong. And I truly believe that.”
Earlier in the day, Harvick was asked about a comment he made on a radio show this week in which he called Edwards “fake.”
“You can’t be the nice guy and the bad guy and the bully,” Harvick said about Edwards on Friday at Bristol.
Edwards and Harvick got into a physical confrontation in 2008 after Harvick criticized Edwards for causing a wreck at Talladega. After Harvick criticized Edwards on TV at Talladega, Edwards left him a nasty note, which was leaked to the media. Edwards then confronted Harvick in the garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway, leading to an altercation that ended with Edwards grabbing Harvick around the throat.
Edwards also denied Friday that he has anger issues – a common criticism of him considering he was 153 laps down when he wrecked Keselowski at Atlanta and has had other confrontations with drivers, including Roush teammate Matt Kenseth.
“People are going to say what they do,” Edwards said. “That’s all they can say about me because it’s hard for them to accept that I am a decent guy. If you go ask all the people who know me, all the people around me, go ask them and they’ll tell you.
“Go take those people who are talking and ask the people around them what kind of person they are, and they’ll tell you. That’s just the way it is.”
Former Roush teammate Mark Martin defended Edwards on Friday at Bristol.
“I think Carl is a stand-up guy and a really, really fine young man and I think that he sure didn’t mean for that to happen [Keselowski’s car getting airborne at Atlanta],” Martin said.
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