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WILEY X® DRIVER CARL EDWARDS EARNS TOUGH NASCAR VICTORY IN THUNDER VALLEY

Wiley X® sponsored NASCAR star Carl Edwards drove his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford to a First Place finish in the “Food City 500” Sprint Cup Series Race held Sunday, March 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. Not only did Edwards have to fight off other determined drivers, he had to overcome cold temperatures and persistent rain that threatened several times to end the day’s competition.  Against the odds, Edwards fought his way up from his 12th Place start and took the checkered flag.  In doing so, he moved into Third Place in the current Chase for the Sprint Cup Standings with 152 points.

Edwards was so excited by the win under these challenging conditions that he stuck the landing on his now famous post-win back flip and credited Wiley X eyewear on victory lane.  “Conditions for much of this race were very tough on all the drivers,” said Wiley X Co-Owner Myles Freeman, Jr.  “This win not only demonstrates Carl’s driving skills in a challenging environment, but also his determination to win no matter what,” added Freeman.

Not far behind Edwards on Sunday was Wiley X-sponsored Aric Almirola, who drove his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford to a Third Place finish.  Almirola worked his way from the 23rd position at the start to claim his personal best finish in a Sprint Cup Series race.

Following Sunday’s Sprint Cup action, Edwards found himself ahead of fellow Wiley X-backed drivers Joey Logano, currently in 6th Place and Matt Kenseth, currently in 8th in the Sprint Cup standings.  Under the new Chase rules, Team Wiley X currently has two drivers qualified for the Chase:  Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick.   Both Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series action resumes this upcoming weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

Wiley X’s team of NASCAR professionals rely on the company’s Absolute Premium Protection and crystal clear vision to help keep them focused on victory.  Wiley X sunglasses meets stringent ANSI Z87.1 High Velocity and High Mass Impact Safety standards, providing occupational-grade protection for all active wearers and a wide range of activities — whether on the job, participating in outdoor sports or driving the open road.  Wiley X is the only premium sunglass brand with this level of vision protection in every pair of glasses it makes.  This is a big reason why Wiley X is a leading provider of protective eyewear systems to U.S. military, law enforcement, Secret Service and other tactical wearers worldwide.  

In addition, almost every Wiley X model is Rx-ready, making Wiley X eyewear the perfect, no compromise solution for people who want the style and protection of Wiley X with a wide range of available corrective lenses.

With plenty of exciting racing action ahead in 2014, NASCAR fans can follow Team Wiley X drivers online at www.wileyx.com.  To learn more about Wiley X’s full line of premium performance eyewear visit the website, or contact Wiley X, Inc. at 7800 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore, CA 94550 · Telephone: (800) 776-7842 

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