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Carl Edwards' fitness advantage

Updated: May 17, 2011, 3:42 PM ET
By John Brenkus | Special to ESPN.com

There are still a lot of people out there who hold on to the misconception that NASCAR drivers are just guys who climb into their cars, floor it and make a lot of left-hand turns. The fact is, these guys are phenomenal athletes whose sport requires incredible strength, endurance and lightning-fast reaction times. To examine and quantify some of the physical gifts required to drive hundreds of miles -- at hundreds of miles per hour -- we brought one of NASCAR's top drivers, Carl Edwards, into the ...

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