Carl Edwards Wins the Hearts of NASCAR Fans With His Gesture in Helping Tornado Victims

Published 12/20/2021, 3:00 AM EST
FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 06: Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Sport Clips Toyota, celebrates winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Recently, a massive tornado affected eight states in the US and ended up causing devastation and heavy losses. In fact, the twister is likely to have broken a century-old record of how long a tornado stayed on the ground in its path of destruction. Reports estimate a loss of $18 billion in damage to businesses, homes, power outages, property, etc.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Former NASCAR driver and 2007 Busch Series champion, Carl Edwards, was spotted by fans helping the tornado victims.

We all hear celebrities wanting to help the community they come from, and seeing Edwards actually putting in some work is quite something.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

What is Carl Edwards up to in retirement?

Earlier this year, Edwards sat down for an interview with The Kansas City Star in which he talked about his retirement.

The 42-year-old had called it quits at only 37-years of age, which many consider being the prime age for a stock car racing driver. Speaking about that, Edwards said, “I raced cars for about 20 years, and that’s all I thought about literally, 24 hours a day. That was my focus, and there were other things in my life I wanted to do, and I wanted to do them really well.” 

He added, “I needed the time to do them. I was able to leave on my terms when I wanted, and nothing forced the issue. It’s a luxury, and I’m aware of it.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 19: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, climbs out of his car after qualifying for pole position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2011 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

“I’ve had an opportunity to do a lot of different things,” he revealed about things like traveling, learning new languages, and letting go of the pace a little.

“I’ve been able to slow down and have time for all the people in my life.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Seeing Edwards lend a hand to his community so that all the members can fight and bounce back from the loss is a commendable act. These are qualities that make a racer more than just a sportsperson for the people in the community.

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Shaharyar

460 articles

Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT