ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY'S PEP BOYS AUTO 500 PIT NOTES 3 Saturday, September 05,2009 NEW TEST TRACK: Local businessman and racer Jim Gresham has poured millions into the old Peach State Speedway in northeast Georgia to create Gresham Motorsports...
ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY'S PEP BOYS AUTO 500 PIT NOTES 3
Saturday, September 05,2009
NEW TEST TRACK: Local businessman and racer Jim Gresham has poured millions into the old Peach State Speedway in northeast Georgia to create Gresham Motorsports Park, a ½-mile oval motorsports facility.
Gresham, an AMS Thursday Thunder champion driver and owner, renovated the old race track to serve as a multi-purpose complex for both racing and local events.
Gresham Motorsports Park features a seven-loop timing data system, a new ¼-mile infield oval, a garage office data center, a fully enclosed two-stall drive-through garage and shuttle service. Additional services include fire safety, catered luncheons and racing fuel. For more information visit www.greshammotorsportspark.com.
KEEPING PERSPECTIVE: Carl Edwards is hobbling on crutches after breaking two bones in his right foot playing Frisbee Wednesday night, but he isn't crying about his luck.
"There's nothing I can do about it; things happen," Edwards said. "When I went to the hospital (Friday for a visit to the Aflac Cancer Center) with my crutches, I walked in and saw a guy missing over half his leg. I've got nothing to complain about. I can still do my job; I'm still fast on the race track."
Fast enough, in fact, to start 14th in Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500.
The only thing Edwards has found difficult is the grief he's getting from drivers and crew members alike, who are ribbing him for the "pansy" way he broke his foot -- just as Edwards knew they would. Friends urged him to make up a story, but he said he figured the truth would come out anyway.
"Of all the things I've done the last few years, I never thought I'd break a bone playing Frisbee," he laughed.
Edwards still plans to race in both tonight's Degree V12 300 Nationwide race and Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500, but he will have to make adjustments to accommodate the injury.
"It hurts the most when I hit the pedal hard," Edwards said. "I'm going to have to get out of some of my habits."
That includes skipping the post-race victory backflip, should he win either race.
Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty has raced with broken bones before, and he offered a bit of insight as to how Edwards might feel after 800 miles in the car this weekend: "It depends on how good a cast he has."
Petty downplayed the pain Edwards might experience, adding that "something always hurts after you get out of the race car. But then it don't matter."