INSIDE NASCAR™ COVERS EVERY ANGLE OF
THE SPECTACULAR CRASH AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Go Deep ‘Inside’ The Rivalry Between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski; Kurt Busch Sounds Off and President Mike Helton Details NASCAR’s Reaction To The Retaliatory Wreck
TONIGHT ON SHOWTIME® — 10 p.m. ET/PT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 10, 2010) – Coming off the heels of an exciting and controversial weekend of racing, Inside NASCAR talks with Kobalt Tools 500 champion Kurt Busch via satellite about his win and the on-track feud between drivers Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski that resulted in a spectacular crash during Sunday’s race in Atlanta. Also on this week’s episode, NASCAR President Mike Helton joins the cast via satellite to discuss NASCAR’s reaction to the retaliatory wreck, the three-race probation of Edwards, and what to expect when the action resumes in Bristol on March 21.
Inside NASCAR chronicles the heated Edwards-Keselowski rivalry that was uncovered in the final lap of last season’s race at Talladega when a crash sent Edwards soaring through the air and Keselowski riding to victory lane. Relive all the drama with exclusive highlights Wednesday, March 10, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
Inside NASCAR is hosted by Chris Myers with analysts Brad Daugherty, Randy Pemberton and Michael Waltrip. Inside NASCAR is produced in conjunction with the NASCAR Media Group. New episodes will air on SHOWTIME Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT for 38 weeks corresponding with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The co-executive producers are Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports and Jay Abraham, Chief Operating Officer, NASCAR Media Group. The executive in charge of production is Jim Jorden with Mike Wells acting as consulting director.
Episode 5 Quotes:
(Discussing the intent of Edwards)
Waltrip: You’d like to think you could make it a little less obvious than Carl did…That was premeditated, deliberate and it didn’t look good.
Pemberton: Carl finished 39th and got 46 points. The difference was, Brad was having a career day running 5th and Carl says, “No you’re not.” How many miss the Chase by less than a hundred points?
Waltrip: How are they going to let him (Edwards) get by with wrecking the guy and then driving down pit road the wrong way?… Carl was a little full of himself in that circumstance.
(From Kurt Busch Interview)
Busch: He’s (Edwards) got to look over his shoulder and maybe we can rough him up a little at Bristol knowing he can’t necessarily rough us up back.
(From Kurt Busch Interview continued)
Busch: When you get parked, when you’re running 35th already, and you finish 39th…that’s only a 12 point swing. He (Edwards) should have lost 100 points in my mind…that would’ve affected him long term throughout the season.
(#24 Car Crew Chief Steve LeTarte on set)
LeTarte: I’ve never liked retaliation on the track for two reasons; it’s very dangerous and it’s very expensive…but I am a fan of a right hook in the garage area.
(NASCAR President Mike Helton referring to NASCAR’s thoughts and concerns resulting from the crash in Atlanta)
Helton: What we are promoting is typical NASCAR driving, side-by-side racing with our type of race cars. That is what we talked about back in January. A lot of that came from the conversation of NASCAR taking stock of its rules and regulations to back away from the grip we may have on drivers that caused them to pull up to a car a say, “I think I can get around him but maybe I can’t, if I hit him I don’t want to pay the price for what that costs.” We were telling the drivers, and telling the public that we told the drivers, that we were going to back off on that grip we had. But, there is a line you can cross and when you cross that line, in our opinion, we’re going to get involved with you.
Helton: To us, the #12 car getting airborne is a much more serious topic right now. Certainly we take what Carl did seriously and we’ll react to it accordingly, and we feel we have. But the bigger topic is the #12 car getting airborne at a 1 1/2 mile track which we typically don’t see. It’s been years since we have seen that. A lot of our effort yesterday, today and until we find resolve to it, is figuring out how that happened, why it happened and what we can do to prevent it from happening in the future.
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