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NASCAR had no choice but to let Edwards slide

Updated: March 9, 2010, 1:38 PM ET
By Eddie Gossage

NASCAR has ruled on the Carl Edwards-Brad Keselowski incident at Atlanta. Edwards will be placed on probation, but no further penalty will be assessed. No suspension, no fine, no loss of points.

Just probation.

NASCAR had no choice. When its chairman, Brian France, proclaimed in January that NASCAR Sprint Cup racing was a full-contact sport, he meant it. When Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition, said, "Have at it, boys," he turned them loose.

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