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« on: July 23, 2007, 08:42:25 PM »

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Edwards Wrecks in Late Model Race: UPDATE 3: An accident during a late model race at I-80 Speedway near Lincoln, Nebraska sent #99-Carl Edwards to an Omaha area hospital Sunday night with what appear to be minor injuries. Edwards was racing as part of a ‘Carl Edwards’ promotion for the Speedway and was scheduled to appear with his brother Kenny and father Carl Sr. The accident happened while racing in the 25 lap Super Late Model ‘A’ main Feature on a restart after the event’s single caution only a few laps in. A car slowed in the front of the field sending another car into the backstretch wall. Edwards crashed into the second car setting off a melee that involved 11 of the 28 cars in the field. Edwards was able to walk from his car to his hauler where paramedics treated him. Shortly after he walked to an ambulance with an ice pack on his left hand. He was eventually taken by ambulance to a hospital in West Omaha for precautionary x-rays. Hospital officials, citing privacy concerns, refused to give details of Edward’s injuries but one person did say that there seemed to be no indications of any broken bones.(Cup Scene Daily)(7-23-2007)
UPDATE: [Edwards] was involved in a third-lap collision and left I-80 Speedway in the back of an ambulance. One track official said there had been talk of someone in the collision having a broken bone, and Carl's father, Carl Sr., said his son's hand "looked broken." Edwards started the 25-lap race on the inside of row eight and was making a charge into contention early when he hit the back of a car that had spun out and gotten into the wall along the backstretch. A 10-car pileup ensued and left Edwards' car mangled. He walked to his trailer, where he received medical attention for nearly 20 minutes before emerging with a bag draped around his right hand. He gave the crowd one last wave before getting into the back of the ambulance. Younger brother Kenny Edwards said Carl had been transferred to Lakeside Hospital in Omaha and was awaiting results. Kenny said he thought it was a broken thumb, probably caused when it was caught in the steering wheel during the collision. Kenny Edwards suffered the same injury in the collision and was shaking hands with his left hand after the race but said it wasn't as severe as his brothers.(Omaha World-Herald)(7-23-2007)
UPDATE 2: Interviewed on Sirius Radio'sThe Morning Drive, Nick Rubek of the Omaha World-Herald said that Edwards has been diagnosed with a dislocated thumb.(7-23-2007)
UPDATE 3: [Edwards] is not testing today at the Milwaukee Mile and will not test a Busch Series car Tuesday at Bristol Motor Speedway but likely will race this weekend in the Busch and Nextel Cup events in Indianapolis. The Roush Fenway Racing driver was having his right hand examined today by a specialist in Columbia, Mo., to determine if there were any injuries, according to the team.(SceneDaily.com)(7-23-2007)

 i understand the promotion of the sport, the commitment to the sport in general, but you have chosen to compete at the elite level with owners and sponsors who food you with platnium spoons, and yet these guys get into under prepared cars. and shame on carl for causing the melee to begin with. how many times have we seen cup/busch drivers go race something else and get hurt?Huh? no everyone can be like kenny schrader and field enough cars to race in 20 different divisions across the country and be successful at it

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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2007, 01:25:37 AM »

Saw that on Jayski and it made me wonder if anyone had watched the Busch race earlier....
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2007, 12:25:56 PM »

shame on carl for causing the melee to begin with.

I saw the clip of the wreck on TV last night and (as I believe the article I read said), a car in front of him wrecked and he was just part of the "piling in" afterwards.  So I definitely wouldn't say he started "the melee..."

That said, I don't think these "stars" should be out running in other series, beginning with Busch.  We've seen so many of them injured in the last few years and it definitely has affected the rest of their Cup seasons.  IMHO, their first comittment needs to be to the team that is paying them millions of dollars to compete.  I remember when Bobby Labonte broke his collar-bone simply practicing for a Busch race several years ago.  After that, I'm pretty sure his car owner put an end to him running Busch races. 

Thankfully in Carl's case, it sounds like this shouldn't affect him too much.  Although I did hear on XM last night that it was his shifting hand.

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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2007, 05:42:42 PM »

I disagree with Cheryl.  I do not mind drivers like Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards racing in these events on the side.  It is an atmosphere of more fun and less pressure than one finds in Cup racing.  In fact, I would rather compete in these local short-track races than in the Busch or even Craftsman Truck series.

It's unfortunate that Edwards was injured, but that's the risk and every driver knows it.
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2007, 10:19:31 PM »

Iis an atmosphere of more fun and less pressure than one finds in Cup racing.  In fact, I would rather compete in these local short-track races than in the Busch or even Craftsman Truck series.

But how do you think the drivers who are trying to make a living in these series feel about having the thunder (and purse money) stolen by these guys?

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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2007, 04:33:03 AM »

Cheryl, as much as I fear disagreeing with you, I'm gonna (to an extent).  If a small track can get a NASCAR "star" to participate in a race; it most often increases the gate and the appearance is coupled with a Marquee type race and subsequently bigger purses.  These appearances seem to help both the track owners and the local drivers (increased purses).  I know there's increased entries in these cases, but that's only more competition; which most drivers thrive on.

As far as injuries, they're gonna happen to all of us.  I've ridden horse's all my life and have the x-rays and medical records to prove it.  I learned to ride horses riding the ones no one else could or would and still get the urge to "straighten" one out, but maybe I've gotten a lil' smarter.  My point is (much like a young Marine I met a couple years ago, adapting to his "new" leg and watching me fish.  We conversed a bit about fishing and he and his friends turned to leave and I thanked him for his service and sacrifice.  He replied "No thanks necessary Sir; that's what we do.")  Much like the Marine, racing is what they do, and they jump at the opportunity.

OK Cheryl, my rants over:)
   
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2007, 04:06:58 PM »

OK, I am a CarlEdwards fan, so I probably am somewhat biased, I agree with James on this one, so long as they don't overdo it. I think when they make an appearance, especially in an area where they are well known, (Carl is from Missouri), it is fun for everyone. And it just may benefit the local tracks enough to help keep them going.
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2007, 04:31:34 PM »

But how do you think the drivers who are trying to make a living in these series feel about having the thunder (and purse money) stolen by these guys?

I understand that.  Ideally, those should be limited to special events like Prelude to a Dream and the Night of Stars.  Those were some very fun races in which the drivers were in different cars.
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