Carl Edwards sees a silver lining

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11: NASCAR driver Carl Edwards (R) and his wife Katie Edwards at the NASCAR dinner on September 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (David Banks/ NASCAR via Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 11: NASCAR driver Carl Edwards (R) and his wife Katie Edwards at the NASCAR dinner on September 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (David Banks/ NASCAR via Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Carl Edwards, who won last Saturday’s race at Richmond and finished the first 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events as the series leader, hopes the flap over the closing laps at Richmond can be a net positive for the sport.

“There are still a lot of things in the air, and I don’t personally know where all the lines are,” Edwards said Thursday during Chase Media Day. “And so I think that what we will see here in the next few weeks… we’ll see some real clarity and direction on what is morally acceptable and right or wrong, but also what NASCAR is OK with.

“I think that will be important. The other thing is, I hope we see that this doesn’t diminish our sport. I hope it isn’t a negative. I hope it makes people interested in the complexities of our sport, that there is a lot more going on here than just guys driving around in a circle. That’s what I hope.”

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