Edwards Tuned Into Testing, Veteran Guests

Carl Edwards chats about getting tuned in for The Chase after meeting with a group of our Nation's veterans.

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Carl Edwards, who won the 2013 Federated Auto Parts 400 here at RIR and is currently locked into the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, knows testing at America’s Premier Short Track is key.

“We can learn a lot from this test session. It’s a good opportunity for us to get our ARRIS Toyota tuned in,” said Edwards. “This track is a really tough place. Richmond is finesse, but it’s rough sometimes. You’ve got to really have your car perfect, hit your line perfect, figure out how your car is going to work in the race, and this test gives us an opportunity to do that.”

Being locked into The Chase means one thing for Edwards and his team: continue to get better for The Chase. The races leading up to the “Last Race to Make the Chase” here at RIR is when Edwards and his team can be a little more daring on strategy calls, or try out a new set up to see what works and what doesn’t.

“With us getting the Coca-Cola 600 win, I mean that was just the greatest gift we’ve could have gotten this season,” said Edwards. “So, now we can just focus on getting better for The Chase."

But it wasn't all work and no play for the Joe Gibbs driver. Edwards took some time to meet with a few veterans who attended the test session on behalf of RIR and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Edwards took pictures, chatted a while and gave each veteran a special military coin. 

The VA will be back in Richmond for the Department of Veterans Affairs Pole Qualifying on Friday, September 11, where they'll team up with RIR to bring home greater awareness and access to VA benefits for our nation's Veterans and Servicemembers. 

You can see if Edwards can grab some more bonus points when he and the entire NASCAR Sprint Cup Series return to RIR on Saturday, September 12 for the Federated Auto Parts 400. Come see who’s in and who’s out of the 2015 NASCAR Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship after the “Last Race to Make the Chase.”

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