Carl Edwards' crew chief says bump-and-run move made it a 'grand day for NASCAR'

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 3:44 AM

The person with the most eloquent reply to that existential question wasn’t Carl Edwards, who bumped his way to triumph in Sun’s Toyota Owners four hundred at Richmond International Raceway.

Carl Edwards' crew chief says bump-and-run move made it a 'grand day for NASCAR'

Edwards took out teammate Kyle Busch to win at Richmond

To bump or not to bump? That's the question.

The person with the most eloquent reply to that existential question wasn’t Carl Edwards, who bumped his way to triumph in Sun’s Toyota Owners four hundred at Richmond International Raceway.

And it wasn’t Kyle Busch, the victim of the nudge by teammate Edwards that sent his No. eighteen Toyota up the track in the final corner and out of Triumph Lane.

No, the person with the best perspective on the teammate-on-teammate contact was Dave Rogers, who used to be Busch’s crew chief and presently serves in that capacity for Edwards.

After Edwards caught Busch on the latest lap and moved him for the win, Rogers talked about the relationships between the drivers and between himself and No. eighteen crew chief Adam Stevens.

“Adam and I are grand friends,” Rogers said. “Kyle and I are grand friends. So I'm not worried about any relations. If we see at the huge picture, today was a grand day for NASCAR. Our fans don't wish to look teammate orders. They don't deserve teammates to fall in line. They deserve good, hard racing.

“So I think today was a grand day for the sport. It stinks that we'd to move a teammate. I'm sure Adam and I'll speak about it, and Carl and Kyle will speak about it. But I think it'd be very disappointing to our fans if (owner) Joe (Gibbs) imposed a team order and told us, ‘Hey, have a parade instead of a race.’

“There's going to be plenty of days that the eighteen is faster than us, and they'll probably obtain to our back bumper and move us. We'll go down to Victory Lane, shake their hands, tell them ‘Good job.’ That's just a testament to Joe Gibbs Racing, allowing us to keep ourselves in that position.”

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