NASCAR & Auto Racing

Edwards regrets his antics,

decries lack of 'team spirit'

Carl Edwards apologized Tuesday for his confrontation with teammate Matt Kenseth after Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, but he also said there's a lack of "team spirit" among drivers at Roush Fenway Racing.

"Hendrick Motorsports and those people that we compete against do a better job of having team spirit than we've done lately," Edwards said. "I'm just as guilty of that as anyone. As a team, we need to do a better job working together."

Edwards said he was wrong for "showing my anger and putting on an aggressive display" toward Kenseth, which was videotaped and shown on Speed.

Kenseth was about to be interviewed when Edwards came up and nudged him out of range of the microphone. They exchanged words. After Edwards climbed over the wall heading out of the track, he turned and feigned a punch at Kenseth.

"It was not a one-day deal," Edwards said of frustration between him and Kenseth, "It wasn't just Sunday's on-track incident where I bumped into Matt and he bumped into me harder and I got madder all day.

"... Matt Kenseth and I have not spoken -- I don't think Matt's voluntarily said two sentences to me in the last six months, you know. ... We just don't talk a lot. We don't know one another well enough. And it's my opinion that that's what's precipitated this stuff is that lack of communication."

Edwards said none of his teammates had called to congratulate him after any of his three Nextel Cup victories this year.

"When I win, people call and congratulate and people are happy for me, it's just the wrong people," Edwards said. "I've got (Hendrick driver) Jimmie Johnson calling me every time I win to say good job. And my teammates aren't the ones doing that. And I'm just as guilty. I haven't been as happy for their successes as I could be."

Roush Fenway Racing President Geoff Smith said that team's philosophy is to allow its drivers to work through issues with each other. But, he said, there is room for improvement.

"We don't think that the drivers have been as courteous and friendly to one another about their various successes as they might be," Smith said.

Edwards said he will try to do what he can to improve on that.

"We had a lot of success in 2005, and I didn't always race everyone the way they wanted to be raced," he said. "I literally was driving for a job. If I didn't work that hard, I'd still be living at my mom's house. I think it kind of started there, and since then, we just haven't done a good job, all of us, of communicating how we want to be treated on the race track and it turns into all of these grudges and instances where nobody really knows how everyone feels about one another."

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