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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