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NASCAR Hall Of Fame Nominee Carl Edwards Volunteers To Help Flood Victims In Kentucky

NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Carl Edwards volunteered at the Gospel Light Church in Hazard, Kentucky to help flood victims.

NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Carl Edwards volunteered at the Gospel Light Church in Hazard, Kentucky to help flood victims.

Carl Edwards via NASCAR YouTube

The flooding in Kentucky has been described as “the most devastating, deadly flooding event, certainly, of my life time,” by Governor Andy Beshear while providing an update on the state’s response to the flooding in Eastern Kentucky.

Beshear detailed on August 5th, “Today’s report is that while we have thousands that lost their home that we need to stabilize, steady progress is being made and real significant progress especially over the last 8 days.”

“The best news of the day is that our death count remains the same it did not go up, still at 37 confirmed fatalities across the five counties,” he added.

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Edwards responded to the flooding by volunteering at Gospel Light Church in Hazard, Kentucky. Joey King took a couple of photographs with and of Edwards and shared them to his Facebook.

King wrote, “Right here! This man was at the Gospel Light Church today, the whole day, working his butt off. never ask for an ounce of credit.”

He added, “retired nascar race driver Carl Edwards up here rolling up his sleeves to help us !!! If you come here with pretty clothes on to do your glamour shot, don’t shake my hand !!!!!!!!”

Joey King Facebook

King wasn’t the only one to snag a photo with Edwards, Carolyn Gray also took a photo with him. She wrote on Facebook, “4 hours with antibiotics & no fever…I, of course  , headed to the church when a friend needed help gathering things for a family.”

She added, “I was not expecting to pull in & see Carl Edwards loading cars & trucks for people!”

Carolyn Gray Facebook

Edwards began his NASCAR Cup Series career in 2004 starting 13 of 36 races. In 2005, he ran a full schedule racing for Jack Roush. He would eventually retire after 13 years in 2016 racing for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Edwards’ accolades include the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series championship and a runner-up finish in the 2011 NASCAR Cup Series behind Tony Stewart. Edwards and Stewart actually tied, but the tiebreaker went to Stewart.

Carl Edwards via NASCAR YouTube

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He had previously finished second behind Jimmie Johnson in 2008. He lost by 69 points. NASCAR previously docked him 100 points and stripped him of the 10 point win bonus for not having a cover on his oil tank following his win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

During his career he won 28 races, had 220 top tens, and 22 poles. His first victory was in 2005 at the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. His last win was in 2016 at the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Carl Edwards via NASCAR YouTube

Edwards was nominated to join the NASCAR Hall of Fame alongside fellow drivers Jeff Burton, Sam Ard, Neil Bonnett, A.J. Foyt, Harry Gant, Matt Kenseth, Hershel McGriff, Ralph Moody, Larry Phillips, and Ricky Rudd.

Other nominees include Tim Brewer, Harry Hyde, Banjo Matthews, and Kirk Shelmerdine.

Carl Edwards via NASCAR YouTube

Back in April 2021, Edwards told NASCAR on Fox that after retiring from the sport he’s been doing a bunch of traveling, farming, and even trying his hand at jiu-jitsu.

He said, “I’ve been doing a bunch of different things. The neatest thing we’ve done is a bunch of travel. I get to travel all over the world, which was wonderful. I’ve always wanted to do that over in Europe and some other places. So that was good.”

“We’ve been farming,” he added. “I’m not a very good farmer, but we’ve been farming and that’s been fun. And then we’ve got some rental properties and things like that.”

“And just trying to stay fit. I’ve been riding my bike a bunch. I got into jiu-jitsu. That’s been a lot of fun. That’s been a real neat adventure for me. And really just trying to enjoy life,” he answered.

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