Carl Edwards: Tony Stewart is the worst athlete in NASCAR (but he says it with a smile)

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Carl Edwards takes pride in being among the fittest athletes in NASCAR. He does it for himself, even though he admits you don’t necessarily have to be an athlete to do well in stock car driving.

“Everybody talks about it, are drivers athletes?” Edwards said during an interview taping this week for 120Sports.com. “You don’t have to be an athlete. You don’t have to be in any sort of physical shape.

“But there are days where it really pays off and it really helps.”

When asked who are the best athletes in NASCAR, Edwards included himself, Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson.

“We all work really hard,” Edwards said. “But (fellow NASCAR driver) Josh Wise actually either has done or is doing an Iron Man triathlon and he’s very competitive. This guy is a world-class athlete.”

Host Mike Kim then had to ask Edwards who the worst athlete in NASCAR is.

Cousin Carl didn’t even hesitate with his answer as his face broke into a big smile.

“That’s obviously Tony Stewart, he’s the worst,” Edwards laughed. “We give Tony a lot of trouble.

“He must be the toughest guy in the world because he does nothing for his fitness and he’s able to just go out there and do a great job. He’s a tough guy.”

You know, Carl, if a diet of Burger King, Oreos (let’s not forget the immortal “soda cookies”) and Schlitz beer work for Tony and he’s still able to be tough, he may be on to something there.

After all, that diet has “powered” Tony to three Sprint Cup championships in his career.

Check out the videos below that — uh, hem — deal with Tony’s “diet.”

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Ganassi announces multiyear sponsorship extension with American Legion for No. 10

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).

It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).

Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.

The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.

“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”