|10/09/09 12:51PM||Carl Edwards, NASCAR, Sprint Cup, The Chase|
Edwards wins promotional 'Shooting Olympics' at TMS
Carl Edwards has had the honor of firing off the Beretta Stampede six-shooters in Victory Lane to celebrate Sprint Cup Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway on three occasions, but exhibited on Thursday to speedway president Eddie Gossage that he can handle a firearm in competition as well.
Edwards, the defending Dickies 500 champion, visited Dallas' Elm Fork Shooting Sports to promote the upcoming Chase race on Nov. 8 by accepting the challenge to a live ammunition shooting competition against Gossage ... and went on to defeat him handily.
Under the instruction of 19-time All-American and eight-time national champion Scott Robertson, Edwards and Gossage squared off in three disciplines of shooting for a "Shooting Olympics" at the Dallas gun range. They opened with targets with the Beretta Stampede handguns; a man vs. man target shooting competition with Beretta Storm tactical rifles; and dual-clay shooting with Beretta Urika 12-gauge semi-auto shotguns.
Edwards felt confident he would master the first event, given the fact he owns three pairs of Stampedes for each of his victories at Texas. Gossage had Edwards' gun loaded with blanks to play a practical joke, the trick seemed to literally backfire as Edwards went on to win all three events.
"It was a real good time," Edwards said. "Eddie came over and picked me up at the airport and I didn't know exactly what we were going to do but when we got here it was pretty competitive with him. He got me with the blanks during the first round. That was a pretty good little trick. I thought he was my friend, but when it came down to it he was pretty competitive. I beat him out and I got the prize and I'm happy about it."
Edwards, who was presented an Olympic-style medal with a red-white-and-blue lanyard and black-and-gold sporting clay as the medallion for his victory, is on the hunt for an even bigger prize at the upcoming Dickies 500. He is looking to become the first driver to win the same Cup Series event in back-to-back seasons as well as capture the lion's share of the largest purse in the Chase -- in excess of $7.3 million. No driver has ever won the spring or fall Cup races at TMS in consecutive years.
He made history in last year's Dickies 500 by becoming the first driver to sweep both Cup races Texas. Edwards also became the only multiple winner of the Dickies 500 and passed Jeff Burton for most career Sprint Cup victories (three) at the Great American Speedway.