Carl Edwards talks to NASCAR fan injured by lightning at Pocono

Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal / LENOX Ford, sits in his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, 2012 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal / LENOX Ford, sits in his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, 2012 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Roush-Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards called one of the victims of Sunday’s lightning strike at Pocono Raceway this week. Ten people were injured, one fatally, in two separate lightning strikes during a severe thunderstorm after the Pennsylvania 400 had been halted.

While taking a break from testing at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia Tuesday, Edwards said track officials told him that one victim who was still hospitalized was a big fan of Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Ford Fusion. Edwards then called the fan, identified only as ‘Tony’.

“He told me the story in detail about what happened to him and his friends and it sounded like a very terrible scene,” Edwards said.

Edwards then went on to address the issue of if track officials and NASCAR had acted appropriately.MORE>>>

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