Carl Edwards played a costly game of frisbee on Wednesday as he fractured his right foot.
Edwards said in a statement Thursday he will be able to drive in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He is working with doctors at the University of Missouri in his hometown of Columbia and is using crutches to assist with walking.
“I know this probably sounds ridiculous to a lot of people, and I could hardly believe it myself,” Edwards said. “I was playing frisbee with a couple of buddies, and we both went for the frisbee at the same time. I put my foot on it, my friend dove for it, and the next thing you know… we all heard a pop.
“I knew it was broken, and we all kind of looked at each other in disbelief that of all things, I would break my foot playing frisbee.
“I immediately went to the doctor and have been working with a great team of people at the University of Missouri who work with all the college teams here. They have me on crutches to help me walk but said I could race in both races this weekend and shouldn't have a problem using the accelerator.”
Neither series will be on the track Friday, but Saturday's schedule is packed with activity beginning at 8 am. Each series has practice and qualifying leading up to the Nationwide race at 7 pm. The Pep Boys Auto 500 Sprint Cup race is scheduled to begin at 7.30 pm Sunday [all times local].
Edwards is fifth in the Sprint Cup standings, 199 points ahead of 13th-place Kyle Busch with two races left before the Chase field is determined.
Edwards is second in the Nationwide Series standings, 192 points behind series leader Busch. Edwards is expected to have Matt Kenseth on standby for the Nationwide race, if needed.