Carl Edwards Retires From NASCAR and the Feds Indict More VW Execs: The Evening Rush

Plus, camping stools from Best Made Co for your next adventure.

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Automotive

The swift hand of justice is descending upon Volkswagen this week, as the Department of Justice indicted six high level VW executives. All employees will be charged with attempting to defraud the US government. This is on top of the $4.3 billion plea deal VW is negotiating with the US government.

Carl Edwards has officially retired from NASCAR. Although he did not explicitly indicate retiring entirely, the 37-year-old racer says his stock car driving days are behind him. With 445 career starts and 28 wins over 20 years, it isn’t surprising to hear that Edwards wants to step away. As he made clear in his press conference, he is sick of thinking about racing 24/7, and wants to dedicate his time to the people he cares about. Right on, man.

In typical Tesla fashion, the company has announced they'll be powering their Nevada Gigafactory with a 70-megawatt solar farm on the roof of their facility. Supplying enough power to run the facility (and then some), Tesla will story any extra energy in Powerpacks for later use. This makes the Gigafactory the largest rooftop solar farm in the world as well.

Gear

Casper

If you listen to podcasts, read subway ads or have right-hand ads on your computer, you've probably seen Casper mattresses. Well, the hype is true, they are extremely comfortable and somewhat affordable. Do your canine friend a favor and share the same luxuries with him by purchasing a Casper dog bed. Think of it this way, if he is in a deep sleep, he won’t be chewing your driving shoes.

Yeti has continued to step up their Rambler game with a soon-to-be-released gallon jug. You can store everything from coffee to beer to water in these puppies, keeping your beverage of choice the exact temperature you want thanks to 18/8 kitchen-grade steel covering the double-walled vacuum body.

Lifestyle

Best Made Co

Spontaneous outings rock, and should be embraced by everyone. The idea of a spontaneous picnic along a favorite trail or back road cruise brings a smile to my face. If you're like me, you'd rather not be sitting in the dirt on your next adventure, so invest in a set of four Best Made Co camping stools on steep discount.

There are still tickets available for the Lime Rock Park winter autocross. Bring your own car to Lime Rock’s snow-covered autocross course and learn how to control your vehicle during heavy snow conditions. Once you hone your skills, have a blast sliding around the course.