Kenseth has no plans to make up with Edwards
The 2003 Nextel Cup champion said that if Edwards, who has left him several phone messages, wants to apologize for his behavior following Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway, he needs to do it with action on the track, not words."It helps to get an apology," Kenseth said Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "The main thing is, actions speak louder than words. Anybody can call and say the words. I've heard them actually a lot of times. "You can go run into people and walk up the next week and say, 'Hey, man, I'm really sorry.' And then you can run into him again the next week and say you're sorry. And then you can do that again. Well, pretty soon when you walk up and say you're sorry, you say, 'OK, he doesn't mean that.' " Edwards said that is Kenseth's decision, but he would like to clear the air. "My belief is that we should try to work it out,'' he said. "I called him. If he doesn't want to, that's his prerogative. He can do that.''
Kenseth was preparing to do an interview with The Speed Channel shortly after Sunday's race when Edwards walked up, pushed him backward and cocked his right arm as though he were about to throw a punch.Kenseth called the behavior erratic, noting that only minutes earlier Edwards was talking to members of his team and former teammate Jeff Burton and smiling as he did television interviews. "I thought that was a little strange," Kenseth said. Kenseth and several of his Roush teammates, as well as several former teammates, said they've seen this "Jekyll and Hyde" demeanor before. "I was a little surprised to see what I saw there," Kenseth said of the incident, which was caught on film. "That's a side I see of him every once in a while that maybe some people see and other people don't." Kurt Busch, who left Roush after the 2005 season, said he's seen that behavior from Edwards all along. "He gives you that smile like he's always got something under his breath," Busch said. Burton, who left Roush midway through the 2004 season, said Edwards crossed the line.
They just didn't do it together.Kenseth began Friday's news conference by jokingly referring to the charge he is making in the Chase, when in reality, he is in last place, 462 points behind leader Jeff Gordon. "I'm pretty sure we're going to win the championship," he said. "We're closing in right on it. A couple of more good weeks like we had at Martinsville, and we'll be right there." He then closed the news conference by saying, "The whole thing was disappointing. Obviously, it was kind of ugly, but it gave you guys something to talk about all week. I'm really sick of talking about Jimmie [Johnson] and Jeff driving away, leading the points thing." David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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