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Edwards issues challenge at driver's meeting

August 17, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Carl Edwards rose from his seat during the Sunday morning driver's meeting at Michigan International Speedway and issued a challenge to his fellow drivers in a short, passionate speech.

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After NASCAR officials discussed pit road speed (55 mph), caution car speed (65 mph), the competition caution at Lap 20 and the procedures for merging onto the track from pit road, Sprint Cup Series Race Director David Hoots opened the floor for questions.
 
"I'd just like to say, with our speeds up so high, we all appreciate what you're doing safety-wise," Edwards said to NASCAR officials before turning his attention to the drivers and crew chiefs in the room. "I challenge everyone in here, myself included, to lay off the throttle when there's a caution and lay back a little bit. I think we can all do a better job, myself included. Thank you."
 
Speeds have consistently topped 200 mph at the 2-mile oval this weekend, both in practice and in qualifying where Jeff Gordon laid down a 206.558 mph lap in winning the Coors Light Pole Award.
 
NASCAR on Friday announced a new addition to its rule book, requiring that drivers remain in their cars until they come to the attention of safety crews or track or series officials.
 
Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 (1 p.m. ET) will be televised on ESPN.

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