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October 23, 2013

NASCAR NOTEBOOK: Drivers glad focus on Chase, not Richmond mess



% Not Giving Up: Carl Edwards is doing a balancing act the last four races of the NASCAR season.

"We are not putting this season behind us yet,'" he said.

Even though his championship chance this year is all but gone — he's 10th in the standings and 68 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson, Edwards isn't ready to count the rest of this season as just testing and preparation for next year.

"We have two things to do for the rest of the year. Number one, just win as many races as we can, have as much fun as we can," Edwards said. "But two, it's a real close second, is to prepare for 2014. It starts over again very quickly and every bonus point you can get through wins next season will help you to compete for that championship."

The Roush-Fenway Racing driver has twice been the season runner-up, including 2011 when he tied in points but finished second on the tiebreaker because Tony Stewart had more wins. Edwards won a series-high nine races in 2008, when he was also second.

"My mission is to win the championship. That what I want to do," Edwards said. "I know what it's like to win a bunch of races in a year. I know what it's like to be close."

% Mammovan: Alexis DeJoria heads to the NHRA Toyota National at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with her Funny Car painted pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

But DeJoria has taken the cause a step further, partnering with Nevada Health Centers to bring a "Mammovan" to the race. The mobile mammogram unit in a semi-truck will provide free mammograms to women over 40 at the track. The Mammovan will be located behind DeJoria's pit the entire race weekend.

"I'm very grateful that we were able to partner with the Nevada Health Centers this year, and provide this incredible service in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month," said DeJoria, who plans to be at the van during down time over the weekend.

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