Carl Edwards coy about report of U.S. Senate run in 2018

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Carl Edwards didn’t rule out a possible run for the U.S. Senate next year in a text Wednesday to The Associated Press.

Terry Smith, a political science professor at Columbia (Missouri) College, speculated in a Wednesday column for KBIA’s Talking Politics that Edwards would challenge U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat representing Missouri, next year.

In a text to the AP, Edwards wrote: “I believe firmly in the principles that the U.S. was founded upon. If I could help, I definitely would consider it.”

The AP reported that Edwards stated he had no such plans at the moment to challenge McCaskill, who is in her second term.

Edwards, 37, shocked those in NASCAR by announcing Jan. 11 that he was “stepping away” from the sport. He cited health, satisfaction with his career and desire for other pursuits.

During his news conference that day, he was asked about any political aspirations, saying: “I’m not prepared right now to participate in any public office or anything, but I am very open to helping that cause and helping the cause of liberty and freedom and what it is that America is about.’’

Edwards twice raced for the championship in the season’s final race. He lost the 2011 title to Tony Stewart on a tiebreaker. He crashed in the final laps of last fall’s season finale while leading a late restart. Edwards won 28 Cup races since entering the series in 2004.

McCaskill led a hearing in May 2014 on the Army National Guard’s sports-related marketing and sponsorships with organizations such as NASCAR and IndyCar. In Aug. 2014, the Army National Guard announced it would curtail its spending on sports-related marketing and recruitment with organizations such as NASCAR and IndyCar.

McCaskill announced last fall she would seek a third term. She was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006.

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NASCAR on NBC podcast, Ep. 90: Roger Slack

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Eldora Speedway general manager Roger Slack joined the NASCAR on NBC podcast to discuss his track’s past, present and possible future with NASCAR.

Slack detailed the run-up to the initial “secret” test with Tony Stewart and Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon that led to scheduling a Camping World Truck Series race that recently completed its fifth edition.

Slack also discussed the storied history of Eldora, which opened in 1954 and was bought by Stewart 50 years later.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the AudioBoom embed below or download and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts by clicking here. The free subscription will provide automatic downloads of new episodes to your smartphone.

It also is available on Stitcher by clicking here and also can be found on Google Play, Spotify and a host of other smartphone apps.

NASCAR America: How Daniel Suarez found out he was replacing Carl Edwards (video)

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On Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America, Daniel Suarez recalled the moment he got the call that he was being promoted to replace Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Cup Series at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Suarez was at dinner back home in Mexico with family and friends when JGR officials called and him to be ready for a teleconference in a few moments.

Suarez stepped away, telling his dinner partners he’d be back shortly — which ultimately lasted 40 minutes.

When he returned to the dinner table, he couldn’t tell anything about the phone call — JGR officials swore him to secrecy — but he eventually revealed that he had been promoted to the NASCAR Cup Series to replace Edwards, who had decided to take a hiatus from his racing career.

Check out the video above.



NASCAR America: What Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other (video)

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Daniel Suarez appeared on Wednesday’s live broadcast of NASCAR America from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina,

One of the funniest segments of Suarez’s visit was a video and verbal collage of how much he and his fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other — all in good humor, of course.

Check out the video above where Suarez, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch answer the “tough questions” about themselves, as well as how they feel about their fellow teammates.

NASCAR America: Daniel Suarez’s journey from Mexico and VW Beetles to NASCAR champion (video)

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In winning last year’s Xfinity Series championship, Mexican native Daniel Suarez became NASCAR’s first international champion.

It was the culmination of a journey that began with his father and, interestingly enough, Volkswagen Beetles.

Check out Suarez’s story and the thoughts about his success and prowess by our NASCAR America analysts in the video above.

Speaking of VW Beetles, Suarez’s father sold his restoration shop to fund his son’s racing dream. Years later, Daniel repaid his father by purchasing a new restoration shop for him. See the video below.