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FORT WORTH, Texas (April 11, 2015) – It’s time for Joe Gibbs Racing driver Carl Edwards to become a miracle worker. 

If Edwards (No. 19 STANLEY Toyota) can win Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, his car sponsor will donate $1 million to Children’s Miracle Hospitals through the ACE Hardware Foundation. Locally, Cook Children’s in Fort Worth and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas are part of the CMH network. 

Although it may seem like a long shot with Edwards still chasing his first top-10 finish of the season, his odds rise substantially with it being a race at Texas Motor Speedway. He was the first driver to sweep both Sprint Cup races at Texas in the same season (2008) and he became the track’s first three-time winner that same year. Also, Edwards’ new team - Joe Gibbs Racing - has recorded three wins at Texas Motor Speedway, including as recently as the fall of 2013 with Kyle Busch. 

“Our STANLEY team never needs to be motivated to win a race, but we have the opportunity to race for $1 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and that really encourages all of us,” Edwards said.  “We have to thank the Ace Hardware Foundation for continuing to support this program and giving us this opportunity. It would be the highlight of my career to be able to win this Saturday night for these kids.”

Edwards’ special paint scheme includes four very special children who will also serve as “Honorary Crew Members” of the No. 19 team on race day. 

The pledge is part of one of the most successful and longest-running campaigns in NASCAR that benefits patients of CMN Hospitals. Regardless of the race’s outcome, the “Racing for a Miracle” program with STANLEY and the Ace Hardware Foundation already pledged $100,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 

The Duck Commander 500 (334 laps/501 miles) begins at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on FOX. Tickets remain available by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or the Gate 4 ticket office on race day.

About the author

The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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