Opie or Eddie? Carl Edwards' actions bringing out debate
Is Carl Edwards the nice all-American guy he comes off as most of the time or the angry confrontationalist he sometimes reveals at the track? The jury seems to be out, writes David Newton.
- CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- People across the country will dress up in Halloween costumes this weekend and go to parties as someone they're not.Some say Carl Edwards does that every weekend at the track.On the surface he comes off as the Mr. All-American nice guy with the Hollywood smile and aw-shucks, Opie Taylor from "The Andy Griffith Show" personality who wows the crowd with his patented victory backflips.Below the surface he sometimes comes off as the sneaky Eddie Haskell character from "Leave it to Beaver" whom Tony Stewart compared him to last year at Pocono.Remember? Edwards was collected in an accident with Clint Bowyer when Stewart retaliated for an earlier incident. Edwards was so mad that he called Stewart a "jerk" and said "if not for my respect of the sport, he would be out there bleeding right now."Stewart then compared Edwards to the two-faced character Haskell.A month later, Dale Earnhardt Jr. saw that side of Edwards at the Busch Series race at Michigan. Remember? Earnhardt spun Edwards out with two laps remaining to get the win.
There's some tension, obviously. Everyone is a little up in arms when there's some tension between co-workers. It trickles down the chain. It affects everybody.
-- Greg Biffle
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