Adam Edwards - Bio of a Racer

ImageAspiring race car driver Adam Edwards has spent the past several years building a considerable fan base, starting a successful website, and being featured in newspaper articles nationwide, as he experienced every possible aspect of the racing industry: from local tracks to national circuits; from a sponsoring company to a racing team looking for sponsorship; and from crew member to general manager.

A native of Falls Church City, VA, Adam grew up without space to have a go kart of his own, or the proximity to a local track on Saturday nights, but he was always interested in racing and automobiles, and at age fifteen he was fixing the cars of friends and neighbors in his driveway after school. At 16 he began working for Don Beyer Volvo and later for Land Rover of Alexandria, part of the same automotive group, helping mechanics with some of the most technically advanced car and trucks.

ImageWhen Adam enrolled at Virginia Tech as a business major, stock car racing, long an interest of his in theory, became an integral part of his life in reality. He became a regular attendee at the New River Valley Speedway in Radford, Virginia most Saturday nights, and he was a charter member of the Sinking Creek 4 Wheel Drive Association, competing in the Virginia Tech Mini Baja Off-road Racing Competition and Design contest.

ImageIn 2002, as a college senior Adam founded E Squared Racing, assembling a crew of college friends and commissioning long-time friend Brennen Shepard of Roanoke Virginia, to crew chief his NASCAR Weekly racing series Pure Stock Division team. Graduating with a B.S. in Business Management, Adam continued to pursue his goals in racing, winning Rookie of the year, with two wins, 9 top tens and 14 top fives, to finish second in championship points out of 25 teams in his debut year. He was named the Most Improved Driver and was awarded with the DRP Performance Racers Award.

ImageAfter graduation, Adam worked for the Black and Decker Corporation, marketing their DeWALT brand of Professional tools. While running show car and fan participation events at Winston Cup races, on job sites, and in front of Lowes and Home Depot stores, Adam drove over 70,000 miles to race his own NASCAR Late Model Truck in a 22-race season, finishing an impressive fifth place in Championship points, the top owner-driver team.

At the end of 2003 Adam moved to Mooresville, North Carolina, the epicenter of stock car racing, to focus on intensive race training. Sponsored by the car dealerships of Don Beyer, Virginia's former Lieutenant Governor and Adam's employer from his teen years, Adam began training with current Nextel Cup drivers and crews, driving at Lowes Motor Speedway, learning and drafting with the best in the business. His evenings were spent at a state-of-the-art pit crew training facility, honing his skills as a tire changer and carrier and fueler-- all skills that proved to be important later when he was given opportunities to go over the wall in ARCA, Craftsman Trucks, and Busch.

ImageAt the beginning of the 2004 season Adam began talks with Wayne Day, owner of the Busch 16 team. After spotting for the team for the first time at Rockingham, he accepted the team's recently-vacated position of General Manager, and moved from Mooresville to team headquarters at Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Being an experienced driver, Adam spotted for the team on race day, but he also worked closely with team owner Day on all operation of the team. Adam spotted at almost all tracks on the Busch Series Schedule from Bristol to Talladega, while in his spare time he furthered his driving career by competing in the Top Late model division at the historic Highland Rim Speedway, the track at which Darrel Waltrip, David Green, and Bobby Hamilton cut their teeth in racing. Again running his own equipment, Adam succeeded in racking up two top five, and three top ten finishes. Before leaving Day Enterprise Racing, Adam was instrumental in bringing current Nextel Cup Driver David Regan to Day Enterprise Racing’s ARCA Program. The vision that Adam shared for that program has helped Day Enterprise Racing become a top 10 team in the ARCA series for two years running, with one win and many top five and top ten finishes over the 2005 and 2006 season.

ImageAfter leaving Day Enterprise Racing, Adam accepted a job from the owners of Pit Instruction and Training and executives at Tyson Food, Inc. to be a spokesperson for the Nation Pit Crew Championship sponsored by Tyson. Adam appeared on TV, radio and in person with Larry McRenyolds, Jeff Hammond, and others while crisscrossing the country promoting the event. Adam even raced his first ever dirt race as a promotion for the Pit Crew Championship.

ImageIn its inaugural 2005 season, Adam had been one of eight finalists for the Motormile Speedway’s Late Model Driver Development Program in Radford Virginia. Although the ride was eventually awarded to Caleb Holdman, a driver with previous Busch Series experience, Adam continued to from work closely with the program, mentoring a lower division driver who achieved several wins and an eventual a second place points finish for the season. It was also in this year that Adam had several other significant events in his life. ImageHe started working on his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Virginia Tech, started working with New York Times Best selling author Sharyn McCrumb on her works about racing, and tested an ARCA car at Daytona International Speedway for Former Cup driver and ARCA champion Andy Hillenburg.

The 2006 season was equally as busy for Adam both on and off the track. Although the ARCA test sessions at Daytona and Talladega with Fast Track High Performance Driving School owner Andy Hillenburg were mostly rainouts, Hillenberg and Lead Instructor Sheldon Holman, were so impressed with Adam’s driving, professionalism and knowledge of the industry that they brought him on as an instructor for Fast Track, where he completed thousands of laps in Cup, Busch, and ARCA style race cars at tracks ranging from large super speedways such as Lowes and Michigan all the way to local short tracks like the Music City Motorplex. There, he continued his mentoring spirit working with up-andcoming
professional drivers and fan-experience customers alike. The many favorable comments received by the school on Adam’s personality, the care he took with each student, and his winning ways with fans, especially kids, testified to Adam's skill and popularity.

In the spring of 2006 Adam served as technical advisor for the NASCAR novel Once Around the Track, by New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb, to be published in June 2007 by Kensington Press. Following the completion of the novel, author and aspiring race car driver gave a series of talks at area art museums, combining their expertise on the subject of stock car racing. The two are currently co-authoring a novel utilizing Adam’s experiences to fuel the adventures of a main character loosely based on Adam himself. In 2006 Adam also launched the E Squared Racing Store, on his popular website, offering a fully-automated way for fans to order pictures, books and other racing merchandise related to, or recommended by, Adam himself.

ImageIn the fall of 2006 Adam was a contestant on Jeff Hammond’s Ultimate Pit Warrior, a racing reality show taped in Mooresville, North Carolina, and scheduled to air on a Fox family network in 2007. While the results of this show are still confidential, it was his exposure on this show that showed the racing community his unresolved passion and ability to be a success in the racing industry.

Early in 2007 Adam found himself paired with Andy Belmont Racing to attempt his first ARCA Remax Series race at USA Speedway in Lakeland, Florida. While he missed qualifying for that extremely competitive field by only .05 seconds, he has gone on to race in several ARCA races this year including tracks such as Iowa, and Pocono. Adam hopes that his achievements in the past year will lead to a full time ARCA ride in 2008, bringing him closer to his goal of racing in the Nextel Cup series.