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“I don’t know if the world is ready for a bunch of race car drivers in the Olympics,” Edwards said with a laugh. “I don’t know if Bob Costas could explain some of the things we do or say.”


SMOKE SAID IT: Long one of the most maligned tracks in Sprint Cup, Pocono Raceway has made needed upgrades over the last few years that left drivers raving about the new look at the triangle track.

Well, most drivers.

Asked what he liked best and least about Pocono, defending champion Tony Stewart was his typical blunt self.

“The thing I look forward to the most is getting on the helicopter to leave,” he said. “The thing I look forward to the least is getting off the plane when I get here.”


NICKNAMES: The UFC on Fox card Saturday night featured fighters nicknamed “The Truth,” “Shogun,” “The Dragon,” and “Darth.”

Somehow, the “Rainbow Warrior,” might not have worked in the octagon.

“I don’t think so,” Jeff Gordon said, laughing. “You better kick some (rear) if you’ve got that name. The difference is, they come up with their names. I didn’t come up with that one.”

These days, Gordon goes by, “four time.” It’s a fitting handle for the four-time Cup champion.

“I like that one,” he said.

Gordon turned 41 on Saturday.