Carl Edwards is ready for another backflip.
The NASCAR star has two wins and five top-5 finishes under his belt this season as he heads into the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Edwards won the event last year—his first career victory at the track and his first win for the Joe Gibbs Racing team.
Edwards will be looking to defend his title as he prepares for another Sprint Cup championship-caliber season in 2016. And while NASCAR doesn't have a reputation as a physical sport, Edwards has put himself in strong position by focusing on his fitness, nutrition, and health.
But he didn’t always think that way.
“I used to make fun of people who worked out, Edwards says. “I didn't understand it. Now I realize it makes me better at my job. It makes me more prepared for my life.”
Edwards has kept himself in peak shape over the years with the help of his #19 car sponsor, Subway—“I've been eating at Subway for about 20 years now, basically my whole adult life,” he says—and now the driver is partnering with the company to help support U.S. troops and military families for Memorial Day weekend.
The restaurant chain is giving fans the chance to win a trip to the SUBWAY Firecracker 250 at Daytona on 4th of July weekend—and they are donating $125,000 to the USO, including 5,000 meals. (Fans can participate by purchasing a USO collector's cup at participating SUBWAY restaurants.)
Edwards talked with Men’s Fitness about the military support, how bike training has helped him in the car, and about his favorite backflip. Keep an eye on Carl at the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 29 on FOX at 6:00 PM Eastern Time.
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