Thursday, September 3, 2009
Edwards plans to race despite injury
By David Newton
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carl Edwards may have to forgo a backflip if he wins this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The three-time winner at AMS fractured his right foot playing Frisbee on Wednesday. FoxSports.com first reported the story.
"I know this probably sounds ridiculous to a lot of people and I could hardly believe it myself," Edwards said in statement. "I was playing frisbee with a couple of buddies and we both went for the Frisbee at the same time. I put my foot on it, my friend dove for it, and the next thing you know ... we all heard a pop.
"I knew it was broken and we all kind of looked at each other in disbelief that of all things, I would break my foot playing frisbee."
Officials at Roush Fenway Racing said Edwards may have to be on crutches this weekend, but that the medical report indicated he would have no problem participating in Saturday night's Nationwide race or Sunday's Sprint Cup race. He said doctors told him he'll have no problems using the accelerator.
Edwards, who celebrates wins with a backflip from the door of his car, was scheduled to see a specialist in his hometown of Columbia, Mo., late Thursday afternoon.
Atlanta has been one of Edwards' best tracks. He has three wins, six top-5 and eight top-10 finishes in 10 starts.
Edwards is winless in 24 Cup starts this season and ranked fifth in points with two races remaining before the Chase field is set.
Meanwhile, he's turned it up a notch in the Nationwide Series. His win last weekend in Montreal helped him slice Kyle Busch's lead in the standings, and Edwards now trails by 192 points.
David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Associated Press contributed to this report.