Brad Keselowski has been one of NASCAR’s most aggressive drivers since he joined the NASCAR ranks back in 2007. Last week, however, he pushed one of NASCAR’s most affable drivers to the breaking point.
Keselowski angered Carl Edwards at Atlanta last Sunday to the point where Edwards intentionally spun him out, resulting in Keselowski’s car flipping over and into the wall, endangering both the driver and the fans.
So how did Keselowski react? Is he going to change his driving style? His choice has been made:
“That’s probably the best revenge there is – to not let it get to me one bit, to not change. That’s a sign to (Edwards) and everyone else that that’s not going to work on me. I feel lucky to be in race cars that are as safe as they are, to be able to be here talking today and to be able to say, ‘Hey, I’ll take the lick and I’ll get out of the car and come back the next race weekend and drive just as hard,’ just to prove a point that I wasn’t wrong and I still don’t feel like I’m wrong.”
So that’s how it’s going to be. On the one hand, I’ve got to pat Brad on the back for sticking with his guts and doing what got him into a top-tier NASCAR ride. That takes a lot of… well, something a lot of drivers don’t have these days. But…
On the other hand, Keselowski is showing how little he values life in general also. His own, as well as that of the fans. In two separate incidents in the past year, fans and drivers have been endangered, and even hurt, by flying cars. Both incidents involved one common denominator:
But the choice has been made. Like it or not, it is what it is. Nobody can make that choice besides Brad Keselowski. It’s a big risk/big reward decision. But if somebody loses their life because of it, don’t say I didn’t tell you so.
Hopefully the reward is greater than the risk. I don’t want to have to say “I told you so.”