A Winning Trim

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CONCORD, N.C. - The last time a razor touched the face of Tom Giacchi was a few days before the Texas race in November of 2005. Giacchi, who is the motorcoach driver for NASCAR driver Carl Edwards made a pact with himself and Edwards that he wouldn't shave again until Edwards pulled his Ford Fusion back into Victory Lane. It has been over four months since Tom has last shaved and needless to say, he is ready to trim it off.

What started as a joke between two friends has turned into a great story for everyone. Giacchi told Edwards after his win in Texas that he wouldn't shave his beard until the end of the season. However, during the off season, Giacchi took it a step further and told Edwards he wouldn't shave until Edwards won again in 2006.

Giacchi has been driving for Edwards since the beginning of the 2005 season. Since then, he has driven over 40,000 miles on the NASCAR circuit. On race days you won't find Giacchi relaxing in the motorcoach, he has positioned himself as a regular crew member on both the Busch and Cup teams.

It is ironic that Edwards was recently inducted into the Gillette "Young Guns" program. Edwards helps promote the Gillette Fusion, while Giacchi can't wait to use one again.

Giacchi said the beard makes him look older, but the time has come, he is ready to see it go. "It's really funny to have this beard, you know, I have never really had one before in my life. My beard now has gotten really, really long, to the point that it tickles my ears. I made a promise to Carl that I would shave everything off right there in Victory Lane."

Edwards thinks it is great that Giacchi was able to contribute to the team saying, "Tom took it upon himself to dedicate his head and facial hair to the cause and hopefully he will be clean-shaven soon. His facial hair is a direct reflection of the frustration of our team. If he has a lot, it has not been a good year. And if he is trimmed up, spic and span, that means we are doing good."

Giacchi hopes Edwards will land himself back in Victory Lane soon so he can "trim up" for the 2006 season. Look for Giacchi this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as Edwards competes in both the Sam's Town 300 and the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.

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