Carl Edwards issued an apology Tuesday for his actions following Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The Columbia, Missouri-native was caught on camera in an altercation with Roush Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth after the ...
Carl Edwards issued an apology Tuesday for his actions following Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The Columbia, Missouri-native was caught on camera in an altercation with Roush Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth after the race.
"I was definitely wrong for showing my anger and putting on an aggressive display towards Matt after the race," Edwards said during Tuesday's NASCAR teleconference. "I want to apologize to my fans and everyone -- That was definitely the wrong thing to do."
Edwards's No. 99 Ford suffered alternator failure around lap 185, forcing him to conserve battery voltage and turn off all fans. With the 0.526-mile paperclip-shaped oval notorious for taking a toll on brakes, Edwards faced am uphill battle keeping the scorching rotors cool without the fans.
"I went down in the corner, and I had all my fans off," Edwards explained. "I couldn't get the car stopped like I planned [to]. I hit him in the door in turn 1. We went down in turn 3 and he pile-dived me so hard in the rear end that I barely saved it."
Edwards soldiered onto an 11th place finish, retaining his fifth place position in the Chase for the Nextel Cup Standings. However, as he exited the track, he ran into Kenseth.
"I was walking out [of the track] thinking about how frustrated I was," Edwards remembered. "I then look up and right there in front of me is Matt Kenseth standing there. I don't remember what he said or even if he looked at me wrong."
That's where the incident occurred, caught on camera. Edwards approached Kenseth and pushed him on the pit wall. The teammates were then seen talking before Edwards raised a fist and Kenseth flinched. Edwards then walked away.
"I think anyone can tell you Matt Kenseth and I are completely different people," Edwards said. "But I believe that we both are extremely competitive. Obviously, he's a great race car driver. He's a champion. He's won tons of races. I believe he's a good person. I just think that we just need to communicate a little better."
Lack of communication is a factor that Edwards believed caused the incident.
"I don't think Matt's voluntarily said two sentences to me in the last six months," he said. "We just don't talk a lot. We don't know one another well enough. And it's my opinion that's what precipitated this stuff -- is that lack of communication."
Edwards looks to mend his relationship with Kenseth and help unite Roush Fenway drivers. He said he talked with team co-owner Jack Roush and team manager Geoff Smith about Sunday's incident. Edwards also left Kenseth a message but has yet to receive a response.
"I really look forward to putting my best foot in front of me and going out and doing whatever it takes to be the best teammate I can be to Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle and all these guys," Edwards said. "I think we've gotten off of what's important lately. I know for me, personally, I'm ready to get back on track."
Edwards, who will be one of five drivers pulling double-duty this weekend between Atlanta Motor Speedway and Memphis Motorsports Park, can clinch the Busch Series championship Saturday if he holds a 585-point lead in the standings at the conclusion of the race.
"I thought we were going to win that race," Edwards said about last year's Memphis Busch race. "In the end, Kevin Harvick got behind me, but it was an awesome race. So I'm very excited to go back there and to be able to clinch the Busch title. As hard as my guys have worked on the Busch team, that would be great."