Drivers not making amends

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HAMPTON, Ga. - Carl Edwards said his problems with Matt Kenseth started long before the two argued after last week's race at Martinsville. Both said Friday they might never work out their differences.

Edwards apologized for pushing Kenseth on pit road, then pulling back a punch a foot short of Kenseth's face. But Kenseth said he's not interested in any more apologies.

"It helps if you get an apology, but, like I said, I think the main thing is that actions speak louder than words," Kenseth said as he prepared for qualifying for the Pep Boys Auto 500 on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Team owner Jack Roush said he didn't plan to talk to his drivers about their problems, saying their tempers were a product of their competitive natures.

"I am a competitor. I am a fierce competitor. That's why I'm here," Edwards said. "When I run well, I'm happy and I'm happy to be here. When things don't go my way or I feel like someone is trying to take something from me, I'm going to stand up for myself. That's just the way I was raised. That's the way I am. That's the way I've always been."

Kenseth said he still doesn't know what sent Edwards into a tirade at Martinsville, or why Edwards said his blowup was the culmination of lingering problems.

CARPENTIER SPEEDS UP DEBUT: Patrick Carpentier's move into the No. 10 Dodge at Gillett Evernham Motorsports will start sooner than expected.

The former Indy car driver will take over for Scott Riggs in the last two races of the season, said team owner Ray Evernham. The move was made to give the team a head start on the 2008 season, Evernham said.

BOWTIE BRIGADE: General Motors put the finishing touches on its entry list for the Cup, announcing that Dale Earnhardt Incorporated will continue to race Chevrolets in 2008 and beyond.

No details were announced, but a GM spokesman said it was a multiyear deal.


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