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Carl Edwards To Backflip Into Role as Guest Host of WWE Raw

CONCORD, NC - MAY 27:  (L-R) Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Office Depot Ford, and professional wrestler John Cena, speak to members of the media during a press conference, prior to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 on May 27, 2007 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Edwards and Cena talk about taking part in the TV show ?Fast Cars and Super Stars: Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race.?  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Dustin ParksAnalyst IJanuary 28, 2010

Forget doing a back flip off the driver's window, will Carl Edwards do one from the top rope of the WWE ring?

NASCAR fans and WWE fans alike will get their chance to see "Cousin Carl" step out of the Aflac Fusion and into the squared circle. On Monday, February 8, Edwards will become the third NASCAR driver to guest host WWE Raw.

Edwards will be on hand when Raw visits Cajun country in Lafayette, LA. With the Daytona 500 set for the following Sunday, you can be sure Edwards will be going full throttle into his guest role.

Edwards himself is a close friend of former WWE Champion John Cena. The two met originally when Cena was a contestant on the 2007 show Fast Cars and Superstars-The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race . In the series, celebrities would compete and learn how do drive a Sprint Cup car.

The show included stars such as singer Monique and former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher.

Cena would go on to win the competition, and all the while became good friends with Edwards.

Less than a year after filming that show, Edwards won the UAW Dodge 400 at Las Vegas. The trophy for the winner was a championship belt. In victory lane, Edwards honored his close friend.

"Maybe I'll let John Cena use it at Wrestlemania or something," Edwards said looking at the belt.

After hearing that Edwards mentioned his name in victory lane, Cena was excited and thanked his friend and driving mentor.

"I called him and thanked him. He's a great individual for even thinking of me," Cena said. "I could only imagine the feeling of winning a NASCAR race, especially being in a car for 400 miles and amidst all that, to come out of the car, enjoy the thrill of victory, give Wrestlemania, WWE and myself a shout out in the same breath is fantastic. He's truly a class act."

Now, the roles will be reversed as Cena welcomes Edwards into his world of professional wrestling.

The road to WWE's biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania, will already be under way, so watch for Edwards to have some big buildup for that show. He'll also make sure to plug his No. 99 team, Roush-Fenway Racing and the Daytona 500 on FOX.

It will be an interesting night when Edwards climbs through those ropes. WWE Raw is on USA starting at 9 p.m. ET.

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