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"The way we're approaching this season is, I'm not committing to any races right now," said last year's Sprint Cup runner-up to champion Tony Stewart. "As the season goes, if I decide I'm just a nervous ball of energy on Saturdays and I can't function without going and racing - because that might be the case - then we'll work to try to go [Nationwide] racing.

"I'm hoping this lets me focus more on the Cup car," admitted Edwards. "Lets me be a better Cup racer by maybe having more time during the race weekend to maybe hone the set-ups in ... I don't know how it will actually affect our performance but I do know my calendar is a lot more open and I'm able to breathe a little more."

Edwards admitted that he wasn't sure if opting out Nationwide would help his Cup performances or not. "I've made some big mistakes on Saturday that helped me not to make them on Sunday," he said. "I learned so many things in that Nationwide car that it's a real toss up whether or not it'll help the performance on Sunday."

Brad Keselowski to make Truck appearances

Brad Keselowski has confirmed that he'll be making a number of starts in the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

The team that he co-owns, Brad Keselowski Racing, will be fielding Penske Racing development driver Parker Kligerman during the year, and Keselowski said that he felt it was important to help out his driver the best way he could - on the track.

"I'm roughly planning to do six races, but I'd prefer not to drive it, to be quite honest," he said. ""But for Parker's sake, I think it's important to get a good evaluation because this is a make or break year for Parker. We need a good evaluation of where our equipment's at throughout different periods of the year so we can understand whether or not he's making the most of our opportunity."

Keselowski has hired veteran crew chief Doug Randolph to head Kligerman's program, after Randolph was left without a job following the closure of Rusty Wallace Racing's Nationwide Series program.

Belkin backs McMurray

California-bases technology provider Belkin has signed on as a secondary sponsor to the #1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing car driven by Jamie McMurray in 2012, the first time the company has been involved in motor sport.

Making the announcement during the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Belkin also unveiled the one-off livery the car would use during the April 1 race at Martinsville, when Belkin would be the primary sponsor.

"We are excited to join Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and Jamie McMurray as a sponsor for the upcoming 2012 NASCAR season", said Chet Pipkin, the CEO and founder of Belkin. "With tens of millions of fans and legions of devotees and viewers, NASCAR is a sport of the people, so it seems like a natural fit for a company that prides itself on taking inspiration from real people and creating products that enhance the role of technology in people's lives."




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