Nancy Sterling, the mother of NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, was just trying to be nice. She cooked up her son a rice and beans dish on Friday night, and Edwards ate it on Saturday morning before the Texas Motor Speedway race.
Without going into too many details, it didn't go so well.
Edwards, though, felt fine after the initial wave of stomach illness, and figured he'd be OK to race on Saturday night.
But about 50 laps into the Samsung Mobile 500, the Roush Fenway Racing driver started feeling sick again. At one point, while driving at 200 mph, Edwards was literally gagging and trying everything he could to "keep everything in."
The team gave him Tums, Pepto Bismol and an anti-nausea pill to help with his stomach issues – and it worked. He eventually came home with a third-place finish and recaptured the Sprint Cup Series points lead from Kyle Busch.
Toughed out a race on a night where he felt sick instead of climbing from the car for a relief driver should help Edwards' image. The reputation of his mother's cooking, though, took a hit.
"My mom made a little dish," he said afterward. "I think one of the ingredients might have been bad; I think it might have been her first attempt at it."
Nearby, runnerup Clint Bowyer chuckled and responded: "I'll cook for you next week!"
"Yeah, I'll bet," Edwards said.
Edwards joked that his white firesuit – unstained – was proof that he was able to, in fact, keep it all in. But it was close, though he added he preferred "not to talk about the details."
"I've never had that (happen) before," he said. "I remember when Tony (Stewart) was sick at Watkins Glen, and he ran really well. There have been a lot of guys who have felt a lot worse than I did today, and they ran really well. I wasn't going to quit, but I was just complaining a little bit."