BRISTOL, Tenn. --- Carl Edwards is personable and polite, always approachable. When he talks on camera, he makes sure to take his sunglasses off so the audience can see him clearly.
Edwards attributes it to being raised right.
Others have doubted his motives, and Tony Stewart once even described Edwards as the Eddie Haskell of NASCAR.
A deliberate accident with Brad Keselowski two weeks ago at Atlanta has Edwards once again being scrutinized. For all the talk about Keselowski being too aggressive, there are just as many accusations that Edwards is a phony who suffers from anger management issues.
Edwards, somewhat silent since the March 7 incident, vigorously defended his character on on Friday.
"That's all they can say about me because it's hard for them to accept that I am a decent guy," Edwards said.
Edwards found himself back in the spotlight because of the Atlanta wreck. Kevin Harvick called Edwards "fake as hell" this week in a radio interview, while others have privately wondered about the veteran driver's ability to control his anger.