Carl Edwards driver of the #60 Aflac Ford poses with the trophy after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway on July 17, 2010 in Madison, Illinois.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images for NASCAR)The second Brad Keselowski got into Carl Edwards in turn 1 at Gateway International Raceway on Saturday I knew it was only a matter of opportunity before Carl got Brad back. So I wasn’t surprised in the least when Carl nudged Brad before the checkered flag.

Maybe what I’ve thought about Carl is all wrong. Maybe he’s just an “Eddie Haskell” smiling and being the nice “Aw shucks” guy in front of the cameras, doing all the right things you need to do to get a ride, get a sponsor, and get fans. But then once it’s time for the competition he’s clearly out for himself, he’s out for the win and I think in the case of Brad Keselowski it doesn’t help that Carl has had many issues with him in the past. Oh and the fact that it was a race at his home track also didn’t help matters. He couldn’t let this win slip out of his hands if he had a shot at it.

But then again, aren’t you supposed to be out for yourself when you’re racing for the only spot that matters? I dunno, I’m having a conversation with myself in writing. Just trying to figure this guy out which is impossible to do from 3,000 miles away. I don’t think Carl was trying to hurt anyone, he was just trying to win. And I did appreciate he honesty in his post-race interview. That’s one thing you can say for sure about him, if he does something people might not agree with he’s upfront about it.

In other news…

Juan Pablo Montoya and his wife Connie Freydell welcomed their third child into the world today. Juan Pablo announced via Twitter that his wife gave birth to a daughter they’ve named Manuela. Connie tweeted as well but her’s was in Spanish. She’s happy her family is complete. As a total side note from observing Juan Pablo’s tweets, what is up with all of the exclamation points all the time? Everything can’t be that amazing all the time can it??!!!

:)


MADISON, IL - JULY 17: Kevin Harvick, driver of the  Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q Chevrolet (R), celebrates in victory lane with his wife, Delana, after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series CampingWorld.com 200 at Gateway International Raceway on July 17, 2010 in Madison, Illinois. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Kevin Harvick, driver of the Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q Chevrolet (R), celebrates in victory lane with his wife, Delana, after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series CampingWorld.com 200 at Gateway International Raceway on July 17, 2010 in Madison, Illinois. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

July 17, 2010 - Madison, Illinois, United States of America - 16 July 2010:Jennifer Jo Cobb.

Jennifer Jo Cobb

July 17, 2010 - Madison, Illinois, United States of America - 17 July 2010: NASCAR Nationwide series Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois.

Teams line up before the start of the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, IL.

July 17, 2010 - Madison, Illinois, United States of America - 17 July 2010:Carl Edwards ( , Aflac, Ford) safely makes it past Brad Keselowski ( , Discount Tire, Chevorlet) to take victory. Reed Sorenson.

Carl Edwards safely makes it past Brad Keselowski to take the victory, followed by Reed Sorenson in second.