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NASCAR officials are reviewing whether to punish Carl Edwards for intentionally wrecking Brad Keselowski on the last lap of Saturday night's Nationwide Series race at Gateway International Speedway, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
A decision will be made Tuesday or Wednesday.
Edwards turned Keselowski sideways heading for the checkered flag on the straightaway coming off the final turn. The incident triggered a multi-car wreck that allowed Edwards to win and left point leader Keselowski 14th.
Afterwards Edwards said it was justice for Keselowski getting him loose to take the lead in Turn 1 to start the final lap.
"I just couldn't let him take the win from me," Edwards said. "My guys work way too hard for that. We had a great restart. My guys built me a great car. We came to the checkered flag, and I hate to see stuff tore up, but we came here to win and he took it from us there in Turn 1.
"I'm sure some of them don't like that win -- Brad Keselowski fans and stuff -- but, man, I just couldn't let him take it from me. I had to do what I had to do."
Edwards received a three-race probation from NASCAR in March for sending Keselowski's car into an airborne flip in the final laps of the Sprint Cup race at Atlanta. His intent in this incident is being scrutinized by the governing body, which has shied away from penalizing points and money after issuing a "have at it boys" edict in January.
"We made it very clear to [Edwards] that these actions were not acceptable," NASCAR president Mike Helton said in March. "We believe [Edwards] understands our position at this point.
"The clear message, I think, we sent in January was that we were willing to put more responsibility in the hands of the driver. But there is a line you can cross and we'll step in to maintain law and order when we think that line's crossed."
In Keselowski's mind, that line was crossed.
"He turned left into me and wrecked me on purpose," Keselowski said. "I gave him the lane, and he still wrecked me. . . . I figured out a way to beat him. He wasn't happy with me, so he wrecked me. Wrecking down the straightaway is never cool, whether it's at 200 mph or 120. I'm sorry that's the way it had to end."
The incident cut Keselowski's lead over Edwards from 227 to 168 points.
David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.