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Carl Edwards: ‘no regret’ in stepping away after missing Daytona 500

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During a commercial shoot for Subway on Tuesday, Carl Edwards told ESPN.com he has no regrets about his decision to step away from NASCAR racing.

That was two days after Edwards only watched a portion of the Daytona 500 on TV. It was the first time Edwards had not competed in the race since 2004.

“The chance to go win the Daytona 500 is something that is really cool,” Edwards told ESPN. “But that’s one of the things that I gave up when I made the decision. But there is a lot of gain, too.

“Things have been really, really good — definitely no regret.”

Edwards was filming a Subway commercial at Concord Speedway in North Carolina with Daniel Suarez, his replacement in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19 Toyota.

While Edwards was on hand to help Suarez during a test at Phoenix Raceway at the end of January, the 28-time NASCAR Cup winner wasn’t in Daytona for Speedweeks. He told ESPN he would be present this Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway to provide any help he could to the defending Xfinity Series champion.

Edwards won his first Cup race in 2005 at Atlanta.  He tallied three wins at the 1.5-mile track in 19 starts.

“This is Daniel’s team, and I’m only at the race track as a tool for Daniel to pick my brain if he wants,” Edwards said.

Said Suarez, “It’s very good to have a Cup driver to help you 100 percent (of his time) at one of his favorite places.”

In two Xfinity starts at Atlanta, Suarez finished 14th and seventh. He finished 29th in the Daytona 500 after being involved in a crash.

Click here and here for ESPN’s full reports on Edwards and Suarez.

NASCAR America: Is there cause for concern with Jimmie Johnson’s performance thus far?

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It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.

The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.

He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.

And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?

NASCAR America: Mark Martin is definitely a Kyle Larson fan

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching  Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson involved in minor fender bender while leaving Fontana

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Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.

But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.

No one was injured, Larson tweeted.

But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson’s Fontana win shows continued maturing as a driver

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Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.