Is Carl Edwards what NASCAR officials had in mind when they said they wanted more heated rivalries and a wilder approach for this season?
Probably not. But the three-race "probation" for a clear case of on-track road rage doesn't send much of a message.
Intentionally chasing down and crashing Brad Keselowski after coming back into a race just to get revenge is going entirely too far.
Seeing Keselowski's car flying through the air is one thing, but seeing it go toward a fence and the grandstands is another. Honestly, I'm expecting someone to be killed before the season's over. Let's hope that I'm wrong, and at least that any fatalities aren't among spectators. Drivers know what they're risking. Fans just come to watch.
"Every person has to decide what code they want to live by and hopefully this explains mine," Edwards posted to his Facebook page Sunday.
So his "code" is being a thug? Street justice -- taking it into his own hands?
Those two have been at odds for at least a year. And Keselowski has been overagressive at times, leaving a trail of crashes in his wake. It's understandable that Edwards would be angry.
No one expects competitive athletes to be well-behaved little boys during the heat of competition. But taking life-threatening action during an auto race -- something that, broken down to the basics, is just a highly-expensive game -- is going too far. And NASCAR may not be going far enough -- in the cases of both Edwards and Keselowski.