Tag:Carl Edwards
Posted on: November 15, 2008 2:10 pm

Twice as Nice

Several media members have tried to generate some confrontation between Sprint Cup championship contenders Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards. Those attempts have failed. There is nothing but respect for each other from the two drivers, which many believe makes for bad copy. If Johnson hated Edwards or vice versa, the villain-hero story line would be in play. Having Kyle Busch or Tony Stewart in the mix might stir that up, but the Johnson-Edwards relationship is based on nothing but high regard for the other. "Im a fan of racing, and Carl has raced anything and everything, Johnson said of his title combatant. I respect what hes done in all types of vehicles and enjoy watching him on Saturday in the Nationwide race and stuff. "Man, we just kind of sat there on the steps, and we didnt really have anybody else to talk to, Edwards remembers of his first encounter with Johnson when they were just starting out in NASCAR and in attendance at a pre-season corporate function. It was kind of cool. He was a really nice guy, and I thought, Man, thats a cool guy. Its neat to see somebody like that succeed. I don't think you need drivers hating each other for good competition and racing. In fact, respect - like what we saw in Friday night's Craftsman Truck Series championship-deciding race between Johnny Benson and Ron Hornaday, might also be a better ingredient for exciting on-track action. If it comes down to racing for position side-by-side in Sunday's finale, neither Edwards or Johnson will have the inclination to lean on the other just for the sake of making contact. Sportsmanship in professional sports. What a concept.

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