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Edwards: Urgency makes for aggressive racing

Aggression was the order of the day in last Monday's rain-delayed Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

And though Carl Edwards concedes that the safety and durability aspects of NASCAR's new racecar may encourage drivers to take more liberties, he thinks what's at stake in the current economy has more to do with driving on - and in some cases beyond - the edge of caution.

"This car, you can run into more stuff and keep truckin'," Edwards said Friday at Watkins Glen International. "Maybe that's part of it. Maybe people are more likely to slide the thing down in there and bang off of somebody's car. I don't know. It's insane.

"I think it probably has to do more with people's contracts being up in the air and sponsors and everything squeezing for every bit of exposure that we can get. It's like the whole economy, everyone in the market is, I think everyone's aware of that, and I think everyone wants to get the very best finish they can - more than ever.

"People are racing for their careers and their teams' existence. I think that's why you see this type of racing."

Edwards, who spent Friday's practice session in qualifying trim, posted the 33rd-fastest time in time trials for Sunday's Heluva Good! at the Glen.

by Reid Spencer/Sporting News



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