March 7, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 46

The stock car racer/athlete debate is always in high gear

Crunch Time

It’s been 70 races since Carl Edwards last got to do his accustomed backflip to celebrate a NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car victory.

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But the 33-year-old Missouri native still didn’t miss a beat as he hopped out of his Subway-sponsored Ford Fusion in front of cheering fans at Phoenix International Raceway.

Edwards promptly launched himself into the air and made a landing at the start-finish line that could even make an Olympic gymnast – and even those stodgy scorers – happy. Not a 10 but easily a good 8.5 as he landed on both feet, but stumbled just a bit following victory at the Subway...

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