10 Questions: Carl Edwards

In this edition of "10 Questions" RacingOne sat down with Carl Edwards to talk about one of his favorite fans, his holiday plans, and much more.

RacingOne: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

Edwards: The only thing I do before a race is I always make sure I take a couple minutes and remember where I came from and what I'm trying to do and get my mind straight before I go out there and race.

RacingOne: Where is your ideal vacation spot?

Edwards: Columbia, Missouri. It's where I grew up. I just love going back there as much as I can and, you know, going for a good bicycle ride or something down by the river. It's beautiful, the best town in the United States.

RacingOne: What was your first car and what do you currently drive?

Edwards: My first car was a 1987 Ford Ranger extended cab. Currently I drive an F-150. The deal is I had a nice F-350 that I really liked, which I got from Ford that my brother commandeered and he's been towing his race car trailer with it, so I don't get to drive that one.

RacingOne: What's been your most interesting interaction with a fan?

Edwards: The coolest one is a guy named Andy that I met at IRP. I was running the Truck Series. This guy is a huge Carl Edwards fan. He's a big dude, I mean he's like a big scary guy, a tough guy. We were in the pits - you pit at IRP on the front straight away - and I can hear this guy, during practice with the trucks going by, I can hear someone screaming my name across the race track during practice. This is not an exaggeration, he's standing at the fence screaming at me. He's just the biggest fan.

We ended up winning the race - this was in 2003 I think. We won the race and after the race he somehow talked them into letting him come down and this guy was the most rabid Roush Racing/Carl Edwards fan ever, he had Roush Racing tattooed on his arm with giant flames. He was like 'sign my arm I'll get it tattooed' so I signed real nice, the best I could in the flames on his arm and he said I'm going to get that tattooed. I thought you're drunk you're not going to get that tattooed, but the next time we show up at IRP here's Andy screaming from the stands and he's showing me the tattoo. I see that guy every where now.

I couldn't believe he got my name tattooed, I mean before I had a sponsor, I was in the Truck Series, he's just the biggest fan. That's cool.

RacingOne: What was your first impression of Daytona International Speedway?

Edwards: My first impression was when I drove through the tunnel and came up on the other side, I couldn't believe how steep turns three and four were right there - I thought this is it, this is Daytona. And also, how big it is just to stand on top of the hauler and look across the infield and across Lake Lloyd and see the back straight away.

RacingOne: Any recent purchases?

Edwards: I like farms, I just bought a farm. It's just a little bit of crop land and some woods, you can see deer there.

RacingOne: Outside of racing, what's the most extreme sport you've ever participated in?

Edwards: I guess the most extreme thing is that I got to go hang out with the Metal Mulisha - it's a group of freestyle motocross guys. They have a foam pit and a ramp and I got to do a back flip on a dirt bike, a little bike, a little bitty one, into a foam pit. That's the most extreme thing that's an organized sport that I've participated in.

RacingOne: What do you want for Christmas?

Edwards: I don't really want anything for Christmas. I don't know. I hope for Christmas I get to relax a little bit and just have some fun. My mom always comes up with a cool gift. At some point in the year I probably told my mom 'I really want one of those' and she'll probably give me some cool gift, but the most important thing is just to be able to be with everybody and to be able to relax a little bit and be at home.

RacingOne: What are your holiday plans?

Edwards: I don't have any plans yet, my plan is to have no plan. I have a plan for just about everyday of my life and I'm going to try real hard not to have a plan.

RacingOne: What kind of music do you have on your IPod?

Edwards: I have a lot of Back 40 music (Edwards' music label), but just a lot of different music. I like music that I can tell people give a damn about, where somebody writes a song and performs it and you can tell it's real and they like it and they really mean it, that's what I like the most.

Related Topics:

NASCAR Sprint Cup, 2007, Carl Edwards

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