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NASCAR's Carl Edwards calls penalties from wreck with Brad Keselowski 'fair'

July 23, 2010 |  1:09 pm

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards said Friday he won't appeal penalties he received after wrecking Brad Keselowski on the last lap to win a Nationwide Series race Saturday near St. Louis.

"I feel that NASCAR's penalty is fair," Edwards said before practice for Sunday's Brickyard 400 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series. "I don't plan on appealing it."

NASCAR this week docked Edwards 60 championship points, fined him $25,000 and placed both drivers on probation after their incident at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., which Edwards said stemmed from Keselowski earlier bumping him out out of the way.

Edwards noted that his tangle with Keselowski spread to several other cars, and "I sincerely apologize to those guys that were caught up in that wreck."

"There's nothing personal between Brad and I -- from my side there's not," Edwards said. "The problem is that he can't just run into me to get an advantage, especially for wins."

But when Keselowski was asked Friday if the feud was personal, he replied: "If that's not personal, I don't know what personal is."

Keselowski also said NASCAR's penalties meant "NASCAR doesn't want me to go out there and intentionally retaliate against Carl, which is great. I don't want to."

-- Jim Peltz in Indianapolis

Photo: Brad Keselowski climbs from his mangled car after colliding with Carl Edwards at the end of a NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. Credit: Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images