A wrestler and NASCAR driver form an unlikely duo
Posted: Friday June 22, 2007 4:55PM; Updated: Friday June 22, 2007 4:53PM
When Carl Edwards did a back flip off his No. 99 car last week after breaking a 52-race winless streak, he had an unlikely fan cheering him on.
Some 600 miles away in Richmond, Va., WWE Champion John Cena was cheering on his friend as he prepared for a WWE Raw show. Cena and Edwards became fast friends during the shooting of Fast Cars & Superstars: The Gillete Young Guns Celebrity Race, a six-episode series on ABC which concludes this Sunday.
"Carl's a great guy and I'm just happy for him," said Cena. "I really admire him. He does what he can to pull the full NASCAR and Busch schedule. He races every Saturday and every Sunday. Plus, he does what he can to stay in shape. He's really in tune with where he wants to go in NASCAR and where he wants to take the sport."
During the three-day taping of the show, which combines the worlds of stock car racing and entertainment in a "Racing With the Stars" type format, Cena was coached by Edwards and the two have kept in touch ever since with Cena inviting Edwards to watch him wrestle during a Raw taping in Indianapolis and Edwards inviting Cena to watch him race at the Coca-Cola 600 weekend in Charlotte during Memorial Day weekend.
"Yeah, Carl was in the front row at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis," said Cena. "He returned the favor and I got to go to the Carquest 300 and the Coca-Cola 600 for a weekend at the Loews Motor Speedway."
Cena, who was actually a special guest crew member in the pits for Edwards during the Carquest 300, actually went a step further than simply inviting him to a match. Seeing as how Edwards taught him the ins and outs of stock car racing, Cena also offered his services as a teacher if Edwards ever decided to step into the squared circle.
"I told him any time that he wants to be my tag-team partner he's more than welcome," said Cena, who is headlining Vengeance, an annual WWE pay-per-view, this Sunday. "He might want to stick to driving but he can do those backflips off the car so we'll see."
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