(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer Just two races into the season and NASCAR already has a little driver discord.
Jimmie Johnson didn't like the way Carl Edwards restarted the race at Phoenix, intimating Edwards didn't follow the rules to the letter while snapping his 70-race winless streak.
''I felt like Carl didn't follow the restart protocol and was slower than the pace car on his last two restarts, and it gives the leader a huge advantage when that happens,'' Johnson said after the race.
It's no surprise that Edwards felt it was Johnson, who was lined up behind Edwards in third on one restart - and next to Edwards in second on another - who was playing the games.
''I thought, `Man, he's playing some kind of trick, he's speeding up,''' Edwards said about the final restart. ''I thought, `What's he doing?' I thought he was speeding up, and I thought it was pretty genius what he was doing because he kind of got me off of my game. But then when I went, I ...