NASCAR has opted to penalize the teams of both Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski for their controversial collisions on the final lap of last week's Nationwide Series race at Gateway, with race winner Edwards drawing the lion's share of the punishment.
Citing both drivers for actions detrimental to stock car racing and aggressive driving, NASCAR deducted 60 Nationwide Series championship drivers' points from Edwards, fined the Roush Fenway driver $25,000 and placed him on probation until Dec. 31. Car owner Jack Roush was also penalized with the loss of 60 series championship owners' points.
Meanwhile Keselowski, who crashed out of the race, was given only probation for the remainder of the year for his part in the incident.
"The incident at the end of Saturday night's race at Gateway was unfortunate not just for Penske Racing and the No. 22 team, but for all of the teams that were caught up in the aftermath," Keselowski said in a statement. "There was unnecessary damage done to a lot of racecars as a result of the incident, including one of our best cars. We support NASCAR's decision and we look forward to putting this behind us."
TV analyst Larry McReynolds agreed with Keselowski in regards to all the unnecessary damage but doesn't think the penalties go far enough.
"Feuds, rivalries and wars of words are good for any sport and they're part of what makes people tune in. But in my book, this deal had gone beyond a feud or rivalry," McReynolds said. "NASCAR could take 600 points from Edwards, fine him $500,000 and put him on probation until the end of 2015, but it doesn't repair those racecars that got torn up behind these two during their fun and games on the last lap – teams that don't need to be tearing up racecars."
McReynolds added that in his view it was time for the drivers' car owners rather than NASCAR to settle their ongoing feud.
"This thing had gone well beyond NASCAR's intentions of 'have at it, boys.' Is that going to put an end to it? I feel strongly that only two people can put an end to this – Jack Roush and Roger Penske because they do carry a lot of weight in this sport," he said. "If I was Jack Roush, my point to Carl would be, 'Yes, thanks for another win because they're few and far between here at Roush Fenway right now, but I've got two destroyed racecars that were behind you.'"