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Bayne, Edwards looking for votes

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Monday, Feb. 06, 2012

Carl Edwards and Trevor Bayne, race winners in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, could soon add “Dance Machine” and “Gnarliest Newb” to their respective resumes.

Edwards and Bayne have been nominated as part of Cartoon Network’s second annual Hall of Game Awards program, which airs Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. ET. Five-time Cup Series champion and 2011 “Dance Machine” nominee Jimmie Johnson will also present “The World’s Fastest Award” in a cameo appearance.

The show, hosted by former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, is a high-energy, off-the-wall, multiplatform experience that lets viewers vote and honor their favorite sports stars and sports moments of the year.

Edwards and Bayne have been nominated to compete in the “Dance Machine” and “Gnarliest Newb” categories.

Edwards’ signature victory celebration, a backflip from his car, catapulted him to be a finalist in the “Dance Machine” category. Bayne’s improbable Daytona 500 victory as a 20-year-old in only his second Cup start propelled him to compete in what is essentially the “Rookie of the Year” category in this year’s awards.

Fans can vote for Edwards and Bayne on www.hallofgame.com now through Friday, Feb. 17.

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