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    Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, celebrates his victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Nascar via Getty Images)

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    Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 AdvoCare Chevrolet, looks on during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 200 fueled by AmeriGas at Phoenix International Raceway on March 1, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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    Kyle Larson, driver of the #32 Eveready Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 200 fueled by AmeriGas at Phoenix International Raceway on March 1, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Credit: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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    Driver Jimmie Johnson dropped the first ceremonial puck at a Coyotes game in Phoenix, AZ on February 28, 2013. (Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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    Jeff Gordon (left), driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #24 Pepsi MAX Chevrolet SS talks with Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS Friday, March 1, 2013 at Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett for Chevrolet)

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    Kevin Harvick, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #29 Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS Friday, March 1, 2013 at Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christa L. Thomas for Chevrolet)

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    Kasey Kahne, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #5 Quaker State Chevrolet SS Friday, March 1, 2013 at Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Harold Hinson for Chevrolet)

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    Sergio Romo of the San Francisco Giants waves to the crowd before the NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series 75 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 1, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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    Abraham Calderon, driver of the #05 SC Racing Toyota, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series 75 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 1, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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    Brian Vickers, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 200 fueled by AmeriGas at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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    Travis Pastrana, driver of the #60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, stands on the grid after qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 200 fueled by AmeriGas at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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    Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Toyota, celebrates in victory lane during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 200 fueled by AmeriGas at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona.

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    Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet, jumps on top of the wall as Mark Martin, driver of the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, drives by during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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    Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, performs a back flip to celebrate after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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    Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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Carl Edwards, who is sponsored by Subway, won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway yesterday which is wraps up his 70-race losing streak nicely. I tweeted that this made him relevant now, which might have sounded mean but it’s true. Nobody talked about him last year because he didn’t do anything, which is weird because Carl is one the most likable & talented dudes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series so you’d think they would have shoehorned him into any conversation, like they do with Danica Patrick. Anyway, now that’s not necessary because he has proven his worth again, so we can go back to acknowledging his existence.

When Carl was doing his “Carl Edwards winning” stuff yesterday, ya know, the back-flip and the running into the stands (which isn’t nearly as cool anymore now that the track anticipates it and stops people from flinging themselves onto him), I was thinking about how genuinely charismatic he is, like, he has more personality in his pinky than some drivers do in their entire bodies. Even if I think that Carl can be very Eddie Haskell some of the time he’s still something. Some guys come on the screen and I fall asleep when they haven’t even said anything. Carl, on the other hand, I always want to hear what he’s got to say.

I think there are some drivers who make an effort to be a certain way in front of the cameras, with varying degrees of success and believableness, and then there are drivers who could give a rats ass and leave you with absolutely no sense about who they are at all and they’re totally cool with that.

In other news…

Scott Speed and his wife, Amanda are expecting their second child together. The couple posted a photo of their sonogram to Twitter last week.

Travis Pastrana and his wife, Lyn-Z, are expecting their first child in September. Travis talked about it during his media session on Friday:

“It’s just really exciting. I got married about a year-and-a-half ago and having a kid is gonna be awesome, but, for now, I’m just focusing on the job at hand and going out and trying to drive some race cars.”

“I definitely feel for my parents now with everything I’ve put them through, but we’ll encourage whatever we have – a boy or girl – to follow their passion. I’m hoping their passion is golf, maybe (laughter). But with what we have around us in the action sports community, the action sports family and even now getting into the racing family, it’s a tighter-knit community with more role models and more people that I would like my kid to look up to and to be a part of and to be influenced by, so I really do hope that they’re in this industry. Being in there is one thing because I know that it’s worth it. Every second is worth it, and I’m passionate about what I do and I love that passion, but I hope they’re passionate about whatever they do.”

Chad Knaus, crew chief for the #48 Lowes Chevrolet team, is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Lisa Rockelmann.

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  1. Sheila
    March 5, 2013 at 11:38 AM ·

    And Nationwide driver Justin Allgaier & his wife, Ashley, are also expecting their first child…so lots of new NASCAR babies this year. I love when that happens.