With an impressive third place, Carl Edwards increased his lead in the Sprint Cup points standings
, validating his decision to pull out of the Nationwide race at Road America to concentrate on Infineon.
"It was tough to watch the race [at Road America]. But I think staying was the right decision," Edwards said Sunday. "It paid off. It was a good call. We could have finished poorly here, ended up on the fence over there like Tony did or something. Anything can happen. It turned out to be the right call and it paid off, so it was a great move."
Whether there will be a new outbreak of driver feuds and hostilities as a result of some of the wrecks seen during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 remains to be seen: Stewart and Vickers certainly seemed to be trying to calm down the situation between them without backtracking on their respective positions, but Montoya certainly seemed to have stirred fights with Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne while Joey Logano was just as unhappy with Robby Gordon for their own mid-race encounter.
But that's road course racing for you, and especially when you try and do road course racing with oval-racing cars and oval-racing drivers. As Jeff Gordon summed it up best: "Man, it was nuts out there."
Yes, it was. But also a hugely entertaining change from the norm.
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