Bruton Smith quotes on Edwards, more.... Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith stopped by SPEED’s NASCAR Race Hub on Monday to promote the recently announced “Legends Million,” a Legends Car battle with a $1 million purse scheduled for July 15-17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The A-Main winner will take home an unprecedented $250,000. But he also weighed in on some of the hot topics coming out of the weekend NASCAR Sprint Series race in Atlanta. To see the full interview, NASCAR Race Hub airs at 7:30 and 11:30 p.m. ET.
On the incident between drivers Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski at Atlanta:
“… Keselowski took off into the air, destroyed the car and it gave him a serious headache after a while, but I’m sure that Carl did not mean to make him airborne. But it happened, and I think the summation is, ‘that’s racing.’ Of course, it’s caused everyone to be very busy in Bristol for the race that’s there. I would not miss that race. I would not miss Bristol because I don’t know what’s going to happen up there, but rubbing is a way of life up there, so we’ll see a lot of things happening in Bristol.”
On his support of green, white, checkered finishes:
“We owe that to those race fans. Race fans – we’ve polled them over the years – they want to see a green-flag finish. I am a strong advocate of that. We used two of them yesterday … we still had one to go. I am a very strong advocate because this gives those race fans what they paid for and what the richly deserve and that is a finish under green.”
On NASCAR drivers being allowed to let their frustrations show:
“NASCAR has decided to show a softer side of NASCAR and we’ve been talking about that for the last three or four years. They just got too tight on these guys … I’ve seen (the footage) on SPEED where Jeff Gordon got out and pushed (Matt) Kenseth up in Bristol. They fined him 10 grand. I said, ‘Hey, wait a minute, that’s not right … they should give him a medal.’ They’ve got to stop that. NASCAR has got to stop it, because these guys get out of these race cars and often times they are very angry and they need to vent. That’s the way this racing business grew up.”
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