Let's be real -- when you send a fellow competitor flying through the air and smashing dangerously into the outside wall, a lot of folks aren't going to be taking your side. That's exactly what Edwards -- regardless of what his original intent was -- did Sunday.
But before we condemn Edwards for his intentional act, let us not forget that Mr. Ed himself (just ask Kyle Busch about that nickname) is far, far from being the first NASCAR driver to ever wreck someone intentionally. And, thanks to the wonders of YouTube, you'll get to relive just a few of those moments from the comfort of your computer chair.
Yes, friends, Earnhardt was booed heavily by the Bristol fans that night.
Punishment: Come on, you think NASCAR would ever touch Earnhardt?
Our next entrant on this list comes from the very first NASCAR Sprint Cup race I saw in person. The actors? Kyle Petty and Ted Musgrave.
Petty flat dumps Musgrave (in the blue & red No. 16 car) on the restart. The reason? Petty felt Musgrave had been mistakenly placed ahead of him by NASCAR, and over the radio told his team that he'd "take care of it". That apparently meant spinning Musgrave in front of the entire field. NASCAR wasn't pleased.
Punishment: Petty was parked for several laps for the move, and more when team owner Felix Sabates vehemently argued with a NASCAR official in the pit box.
The ESPN team with Bob Jenkins, Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons never say it, but it's pretty obvious by looking at Wallace's hands and left front wheel that he meant to turn Gordon. It worked.
Punishment: NASCAR had no problem with it, though Gordon would bump Rusty for another Bristol win later in their careers.
The crash was a brutally hard hit for Montoya on the driver's side, but he walked away merely disgusted with Gilliland -- despite admitting to being a player in previous run-ins during the same race with Gilliland.
Punishment: Surprisingly, NASCAR only parked Gilliland for the race with no further sanctions.
This incident probably had a direct correlation to NASCAR changing their tune to the "Boys, have at it" policy that so dominated the early parts of the 2010 season.
Earlier in the race, Stewart had cut a tire down on Montoya's car, sending Montoya into the wall. Of course, Juan was none too pleased and expressed his anger on his next appearance next to Stewart. Two weeks later? Montoya and Stewart were joking about it on a radio show. The bad blood didn't seem to last.
Punishment: Montoya was brought to pit road for a two-lap penalty, though you can be sure he felt it was well worth it. Score settled.