When you’re a big-time NASCAR driver that’s out making the promotional rounds, you never always know what you may encounter.
In Carl Edwards’ case, it was one of the sports world’s most famous mascots.
As part of NASCAR’s Road to the Daytona 500 media tour, Carl Edwards was sent to Chicago to get the word out about next month’s Great American Race.
He’s ending the night at the United Center, where the Bulls will play host to the Washington Wizards. Edwards took part in a pre-game interview for the BullsTV network, but towards the end, Benny the Bull decided to make his presence felt.
Credit to Edwards’ PR manager, Randy Fuller, for the shot below – which takes place just before Benny tickled Edwards’ nose and skedaddled.
Before then, Edwards made sure to strike a pose at the United Center’s famous statue of Bulls legend Michael Jordan – whose eponymous clothing brand happens to support one of Edwards’ new JGR teammates, Denny Hamlin.
Edwards also spent a few minutes with our friends at CSN Chicago. As part of the quick interview, he talks about his drive to win at Daytona and why he doesn’t mind that the biggest race of the year comes at the start of the year.
Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.
“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.
“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”
Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.
“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”
Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.
Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.
The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.
Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.