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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Chevrolet To Introduce New NASCAR Body For 2018:

Chevrolet To Introduce New NASCAR Body For 2018: With the Chevrolet SS on its way out, Chevy will be looking for a new car to serve as the basis for its NASCAR stock car body for the 2018 racing season. The automaker has already confirmed its new racecar will arrive in time for the 2018 NASCAR season, but it has so far remained tight-lipped as to what it will be. Chevy's motorsports director in the U.S., Jim Campbell, refused elaborate on the brand's 2018 NASCAR stock car body in a statement released by General Motors. "It was already known that the Chevrolet SS was going to be discontinued in 2017," Campbell said. "That information was originally announced last summer. As you know, we don't talk about future projects. We'll make any announcement regarding our next Cup entry at the appropriate time."(GM Authority)(1-17-2017)

Sunday, January 15, 2017



            CARL EDWARDS:  I didn't want a podium up here, but all right, thanks for coming.  It's occurred to me there must be some sort of thing that people do on the internet where they communicate really quickly because everybody found out about this in a hurry, Twitter or something.
            Anyway, so I am, I'm stepping away from full-time driving in the Cup Series.  And I'm not taking any questions, so thanks for coming.  No, I'm just joking.
            I think I owe it to you guys, and I'd like to share my reasoning and then allow you guys to ask some questions and talk about this.  But before I get to my reasons, I'd like to just talk a little bit about my career and things that are important to me.  I want to say, first of all, this is about the most scared I've ever been about something, just talking about this and going through this whole process, so bear with me on that.
            I've been racing for over 20 years.  It's been something that I wouldn't trade for anything.  I have no regrets.  It's been a blast, and I owe thanks to a lot of people.  My family, my mom, my dad, and all the people who have become like family through racing, from Capital Speedway in Holts Summit, Missouri, all the way to Daytona, and Mike Helton and Lesa and Brian France and everybody at the top of the sport, and I've had so much fun meeting everyone, had so much fun driving.
            I mean, guys, there is nothing I love more than driving down a corner at 190 miles an hour sideways next to the best drivers in the world, and so yeah, my competitors.  You guys are amazing.  You can be jerks sometimes, but let's be honest, I can be a jerk, too.
            But what you've done for me, my competitors, all of you, is you've pushed me, and you've made the -- when you win one of these races or you do well, you know that you have beaten the best, and it feels almost impossible in the process, but then when you're done, it's the most amazing feeling ever, and that's because of how good all of you guys are, so thanks for letting me be a part of that group.
            To all my crew members and team members and the people who have built these cars and worked on these things, and Jason Hedlesky, my spotter and Randy Fuller and Dave Rogers, who's become one of my best friends, the team owners I've driven for, Mike Mittler, Jack Roush, Coach Gibbs, there are no better men on earth, and I'm glad to have been around them and to see how they do things and to have been a part of that.  And without racing, I wouldn't have been able to do any of that.
            So the fans:  The fans have been spectacular.  Jack Roush said, We could all go do all this and race around a field with nobody watching but that wouldn't be any fun.  The fans are what make this great.  My buddy, the late great Bob Healy, used to say, The world is all screwed up because all the people that are qualified to fix it are busy messing with cars, and I think that sums it up.  There's some really great people in the sport.
            And the media, thank you guys.  I know when I first came in the sport, all you did was write nice things about me and I thought that's how it was always going to be, and I really appreciated it and I thanked you, but then we went through some down times, and now we're good again.
            If any of you are planning on writing bad stuff, you don't get the free Subway on the way out.  So just let that be known.
            So we get to the reasons.  Why would I step away from all of that?  And the reasons are pretty straightforward.  There are three of them.  Number one, I am truly, I am personally satisfied with my career, and I know right now you're thinking, well, you don't have a championship.  Well, Jimmie [Johnson] has got some extras if he wants to send one my way, but truly, you guys know that I don't race just for the trophies.  This has always been a really -- this has been a neat journey for me and it's always been something that I've been rewarded by the challenges, and there's some race car drivers sitting here, Ricky, and you know how it is.  It's scary in so many ways to go racing.  I mean, initially, first time I stepped on the throttle of my dad's race car, I mean, I thought I was the greatest driver ever, and about a half second later I pulled my foot right off, and I couldn't get it to go back down, and I thought, man, this is going to be tough.  So you go from that to working up the courage to ask people to drive a car to being put in situations where you know if you drive well and you win, you get sponsorship and everything works.
            Going through that whole process and becoming a better person, a stronger person, a better competitor, a better teammate, a better friend to people, that's a big deal to me, and I feel accomplished.
            And I know when I sit in that race car that I am the best race car driver I can be.  So whether or not I have a championship, I'm really satisfied with that.
            So that's a long-winded version one.  And remember, I am long-winded.  I'm saving you like a whole year of this stuff by doing it this way.
            Second reason is that -- and I'm not going to get any sympathy from anyone in the room, but this is an all-encompassing thing.  You guys, we do this, and it's full-time.  And not just the physical time, but I wake up in the morning thinking about racing.  I think about it all day.  I go to bed thinking about it.  And I have dreams about racing.  And that's just how it is.  I've been doing that for 20 years, and I need to take that time right now and devote it to people and things that are important to me, things I'm really passionate about.
            And the third reason is my health.  I can stand here healthy, and that's a testament after all the racing I've done and all the stupid stuff I've done in a race car, that is a true testament to NASCAR, to the tracks, to the people who have built my race cars, to my competitors, and to the drivers who have come before me who haven't been so fortunate.
            Having said that, though, it's a risky sport.  I'm aware of the risks.  I don't like how it feels to take the hits that we take, and I'm a sharp guy, and I want to be a sharp guy in 30 years.  So those risks are something that I want to minimize.
            Now, if I put those three things together, that brings us to the timing of this.  Slight shock, I know.  I keep thinking about that scene from "Forrest Gump" where he stops running.  Everybody is like, what?  If I put those three things together, the timing for me to do this is now, and that's where Coach Gibbs comes in.  I don't know if Coach is in here.
            Thank you for allowing me to do this.  This is a personal decision. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017


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