NASCAR: Carl Edwards photo-bombed during interview by Benny the Bull (PHOTO)

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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.

You can watch the interview below: