Carl Edwards, one of four Sprint Cup Series drivers who won't be attending a function at the White House next week to honor last season's Cup champion and Chase participants, explained why on Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Edwards actually makes at least four visits to the White House each year as a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
"I think that’s blown a little bit out of proportion. I proudly serve on the President’s Council for Fitness Sports and Nutrition. I spend a lot of time with Secretary Sebelius and Shellie
Pfohl and all the folks up there at the White House," he said.
"This is not only the busiest time of the year, this is about the busiest time of my
life and the folks at the White House, I spoke with them. They understand and the NASCAR folks understand. If something changes, then I’ll be there, but, right now, I’m just not able to go.”
Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle also declined invitations, citing scheduling conflicts.