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Edwards Steps Wrong, Breaks Right Foot

Jeff Hood | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Thursday, September 3 2009

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards

Hampton, Ga. – Carl Edwards still plans to compete in this weekend’s NASCAR doubleheader at Atlanta Motor Speedway, despite fracturing his right foot earlier this week.

The Roush Fenway Racing driver experienced a freak accident near his home in Columbia, Mo. on Wednesday.

“I know this probably sounds ridiculous to a lot of people, and I could hardly believe it myself,” Edwards said in a 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 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.

“I immediately went to the doctor and have been working with a great team of people at the University of Missouri, who work with all the college teams here. They have me on crutches to help me walk, but said I could race in both races this weekend and shouldn’t have a problem using the accelerator.”

Edwards, who will hobbling around this weekend at the track where he earned career first victories in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series earlier this decade, didn’t miss an opportunity to plug one of his sponsors while explaining the mishap.

“I guess you never know when something is going to happen,” he said . “This is obviously an unforeseen accident and, even though I am not going to miss work, my Aflac policy has me covered.

“I’ve now seen first hand how Aflac works and it’s clear that no matter how big or small the accident is Aflac is there for their policyholders.”

- Jeff Hood can be reached at jhood@racintoday.com

Jeff Hood | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Thursday, September 3 2009
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