Edwards: ‘I don’t need a vacation’

Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, climbs into his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2012 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, climbs into his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2012 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Carl Edwards says he hasn’t even thought about what he’ll do next week, the first of two “off” weeks for the Sprint Cup Series this season.

But Edwards does know one thing — he’d rather be racing.

For the first time since 2004, Edwards is taking a break from racing in the Nationwide Series, and the decrease in track time already has made him antsy.

Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, climbs into his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2012 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, climbs into his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2012 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

“I think we’ve had one off weekend in the last seven years (Cup and Nationwide combined), so this will be the second one in eight years,” Edwards said. “I have no clue what I’m going to do. I’m specifically not making any plans right now . . .

“We’ll probably just lay low and relax a little bit, but truly, for me, I feel like I’ve run half as many races as normal by this point in the season. I’m used to running the Nationwide Series so much, so I don’t need a weekend off right now as a driver. I need to keep racing . . . I don’t feel like I need an off weekend right now.”

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