Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Another reason to like him

Cliff Note: I belong to a Yahoo group called "No Bar NASCAR". I get many emails about happenings in the racing world. I got this one yesterday. I thought I would post it, as a few weeks ago I mentioned why Carl Edwards is one of my favorite racers. This is another reason.

Edwards gives MIS trophy to wheelchair-bound teen: A wheelchair-bound Michigan teen got a special gift from one of his heroes over the weekend. Pat and Teresa Byrnes took their son Cody to the Michigan International Speedway so he could see his favorite driver, #99-Carl Edwards, race. "Carl happened to be walking by and we gave him a thumbs up and Cody gave him a thumbs up and he saw his flag waiving on the back of Cody's chair. And so he stopped, turned around and came back and he came over and he signed his wheelchair and he signed his shirt," said Teresa Byrnes. The Byrnes were already excited that Cody got to meet his hero, but they weren't prepared for what Carl Edwards told Cody next. "He looked at him and he said, 'Hey buddy, I'll tell you, if I win that trophy today, now that's if I win, I'll give you that trophy'," Teresa recalled. The Byrnes say they began to realize Edwards could win the race when he moved from the 27th spot to first place in about 60 laps. Pat Byrnes says that's the most nervous he's ever been during a race. Edwards did win that race. Carl Edwards signed the trophy for Cody with the initials NGU, which means never give up. "Cody, everyday he wakes up and sees it. It's like he's realizing it's really his and he'll get excited and squeal, for someone to work so hard to get that trophy and then to say, 'Here, you can have it'. That is the kindest gesture anybody has ever done," said Teresa.


FYI: Carl Edwards drives the #99 Office Depot Ford in the Sprint Cup series and the #60 Save A Lot Ford in the Nationwide Series. When he wins a race, he does his signature backflip from his car.

9 comments:

Pat Jenkins said...

carl who? yours truly kyle busch..

74WIXYgrad said...

I like Kyle too, but what he did during the cool down lap this past Saturday was out of line.

dons_mind said...

carl is a class act - has been and probaby always will be. he's my favorite driver also....

Anonymous said...

Thats cool...
Now if you liked Tony Stewart I may have a few issues !!!
I am a Dale Jr fan
Frasypoo

Brenda said...

Vroom vroom!!

Ghost Dansing said...

how frequently do you mention chicken in one day? i've seen enough of your posts talking about bringing chicken to any and all occasions for any and all excuses..... you must really like chicken..... and race cars too i suppose.....
gorgeous tiny chicken machine show

74WIXYgrad said...

ghost dansing: Chicken is a recurring theme in my blog and I went to a Southern Baptist church for many years where if you went to a carry in dinner and didn't like chicken, you went away hungry. Not only that, one of my favorite eating places is Milich's Village Inn, one of the world famous Barberton, Ohio "chicken houses."

As far as that link is concerned, I thought it was quite asinine and I loved it.

david5258 said...

quack quack--beginning with daytona2009, carl's fulltime sponsor will be aflac. the car will be earnhart black with royal doors and lime green checkered flag duck feathers and 99--vroom vroom

74WIXYgrad said...

David: Seeing that you work for the duck, do you have all your #99 gear?