Carl Edwards
American stock car racing driver
Carl Edwards
Carl Michael Edwards, II is a NASCAR driver. He currently drives the #99 Fastenal, Aflac, Kellogg's, Best Buy, and UPS Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing. He won the Busch Series championship in 2007 and nearly won the Sprint Cup Series title in 2011, but lost by a tiebreaker.
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Memory of best friend inspired Carl Edwards Jr. - especially in Game 7
Chicago Times - 6 days
Basking in a celebration befitting a hometown hero, Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. stood inside the gymnasium last December at Mid-Carolina High School in Prosperity, S.C., surrounded by so many familiar, smiling faces. Yet the one who wasn't there affected Edwards most as he pondered the final...
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NASCAR's Carl Edwards does not rule out US Senate run in '18
Yahoo News - about 1 month
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two weeks after his abrupt retirement as a full-time driver in NASCAR, Carl Edwards on Wednesday would not rule out a potential U.S. Senate campaign in his home state of Missouri next year.
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Carl Edwards calls it quits
Fox News - about 2 months
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Carl Edwards, Satisfied and Still Healthy, Steps Away From Nascar
NYTimes - about 2 months
The 37-year-old driver for Joe Gibbs Racing went out of his way to avoid calling his decision a retirement, but it was still a shock to auto racing observers.
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Carl Edwards to retire from NASCAR, sources say
LATimes - about 2 months
NASCAR driver Carl Edwards is retiring from the sport less than two months after nearly winning his first Cup championship, two people with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press on Tuesday. Joe Gibbs Racing scheduled a pair of news conferences Wednesday in which Edwards is expected...
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Edwards Fastest of Champion Contenders in Final Practice
ABC News - 3 months
Carl Edwards has plenty of speed in practice and looks ready to run for NASCAR title at Homestead
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Carl Edwards Jr., the String Bean Slinger, Helps Cubs Get to the Finish Line
NYTimes - 4 months
Edwards and Mike Montgomery combined to finish off the Indians in the pressure-packed final moments of Game 7, but not without a bit of unsteadiness.
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Chase drama builds after Charlotte humbles much of playoffs field
ABC News - 5 months
CONCORD, N.C. -- There was a time when cable channel TNT carried NASCAR Cup Series racing. There was also a time when TNT's slogan was "We know drama." Sunday afternoon's 500-mile race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the first race of the second round of the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup, would have fit perfectly into an old TNT time slot. It already felt like a throwback event, starting at high noon on a Sunday and forced out of its sexier Saturday night prime-time starting time by Hurricane Matthew. But as anyone in the Carolinas will tell you, the most perfect weather you'll ever experience comes the day after a hurricane has passed through. Even under perfectly clear, cool skies, a dang near-perfect Chase storm blew in. "This is just how it's going to be, isn't it?" Carl Edwards wondered aloud, standing on pit road after finishing 12th. On most Chase days, that finish would have been cause for panic. But a rash of attrition that...
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Cubs' bullpen strong in 5-2 win over Giants in Game 2 of NLDS
Chicago Times - 5 months
Carl Edwards Jr. briefly thought that Kyle Hendricks was OK Saturday night after Hendricks threw a few warmup pitches after getting struck in right forearm in the fourth inning by a line drive by Angel Pagan. But after Hendricks left, there was no time for Edwards or his fellow relievers to dwell...
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DFS NASCAR: Drivers to build around at Dover
ABC News - 5 months
Sunday's race at New Hampshire was dominated by the high-cost drivers. Four drivers distanced themselves from the pack, each putting up more than 70 DraftKings fantasy points. They were Matt Kenseth (97.75), Martin Truex Jr. (89.25), Kevin Harvick (78) and Kyle Busch (70.25). Each cost over $10,000 and were the four most expensive drivers in the field. Fifth was Carl Edwards at $9,800, but he only put up 51.75 points. In this space last week, I said to start your team with Harvick, but to keep an eye on Truex and Busch as well. In the weekend, post-qualifying preview, I stuck with Truex and Harvick as my top high-cost picks. My mid-value picks were mostly based on start/finish differential. Austin Dillon gave a big boost there, starting 29th and finishing 16th. Greg Biffle couldn't quite move up from his 32nd-place spot. Clint Bowyer, the top low-cost pick, went 37th to 22nd for 37...
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Kenseth goes for 3rd consecutive New Hampshire victory
Fox News - 5 months
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Carl Edwards had another hard race to the finish against Matt Kenseth. The Joe Gibbs Racing teammates had skipped the track for the bike path, and what Edwards thought would be a leisurely ride between colleagues turned into a competitive duel on two wheels.
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Rockies rally for 5-5 tie with Cubs in 10th
Chicago Times - 6 months
Cubs 5, Rockies 5 (10th inning)   The Cubs blew a 5-1 lead Friday night as the Rockies rallied for four runs in the seventh and eighth innings off relievers Travis Wood and Carl Edwards Jr. to force a 5-5 tie after nine innings. The start of the games was delayed for two hours, 10 minutes because...
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Race to the Chase scenarios with four weeks to go
ABC News - 6 months
The Chase for the Sprint Cup has four spots open for drivers who haven't won a race this year. Or maybe five. Or possibly three if there is another new winner. There are plenty of scenarios. Five drivers getting in on points depends on whether Pocono winner Chris Buescher gets into the top 30 when the regular season comes to a close. Four races remain -- Bristol, Michigan, Darlington and Richmond -- before the Chase field is set. The regular-season champion and then the next 15 drivers, based on wins and then points, make the Chase. A driver must be in the top 30 in points to take advantage of the win. Here's how the Chase looks heading into another unpredictable race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway: The 11 drivers with wins and safely in the top 30 in points are Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, ...
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Carl Edwards wins Sprint Cup pole at Watkins Glen
Yahoo News - 7 months
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Carl Edwards, who won the pole at Watkins Glen International, has become somewhat of a master at qualifying on NASCAR's two Sprint Cup road courses.
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Carl Edwards Breaks Down All The Things You Wanted To Know About NASCAR But Were Afraid To Ask
Yahoo News - 8 months
Edwards drives the No. 19 Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup series and has put together a pretty impressive career up to this point, amassing 27 wins and 216 top-ten finishes. It’s a cool event that honors those who have served our country at a time in which it’s extra important to recognize their sacrifices.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carl Edwards
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 36
    In 2016, Edwards was a Fox NASCAR guest analyst for the Xfinity Series race at Texas.
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    Edwards dominated the final laps of the 2016 Food City 500 to win the race after starting on pole.
    More Details Hide Details He also dominated nearly the whole race as he led 276 of 500 laps, holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch on 4 restarts to win the race. On the final lap at Richmond, Edwards won the race after making a last-lap pass on teammate Kyle Busch, by moving him up the race track. He became the first driver to make a last lap pass in Richmond Speedway's history. This elevated him from 6th in the standings to 3rd. On June 6, 2007, Edwards won the 2007 Nextel Prelude to the Dream at the Eldora Speedway. The Prelude is a dirt late model race organized in part by Tony Stewart, owner of Eldora, to benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp and other worthy causes. Over 20 Nextel Cup drivers participated in the heat races and 30-lap feature, along with other drivers from different forms of motorsports. Edwards started second in the feature and held off Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon to win.
  • 2015
    Age 35
    In 2015, Edwards was a NASCAR on NBC guest analyst for the Xfinity Series race at Richmond.
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    Edwards parted ways with crew chief Darian Grubb after the 2015 season ended.
    More Details Hide Details Dave Rogers was tabbed as his new crew chief. Edwards showed strength with his new crew chief, evident when he brought home several top tens.
  • 2014
    Age 34
    On the day of the 2014 Brickyard 400, Edwards admitted to the media that he was switching teams in 2015 effective immediately after 2014; but because a rule in his contract forbade him to mention his destination until September, he only mentioned the switch from Roush.
    More Details Hide Details According to Jack Roush, the parting was mutual and not because of any falling-out. Rumors arose of Edwards potentially joining Joe Gibbs Racing, which were confirmed on August 19, with Edwards signing a multi-year deal to drive the No. 19 Toyota for the team, a 4th entry for JGR. Carl began his season on a low-note, wrecking in the ending of the Daytona 500 and losing the draft late in the race in Atlanta. He rebounded at Las Vegas with a terrific run. While running close to the lead and leading a couple laps, Edwards tangled with Kasey Kahne with less than 20 laps to go. Edwards — while moving under Kahne —knocked Kahne into the SAFER barrier. In an apparent act of retaliation, Kahne forced Edwards out of the draft, wrecking Edwards and himself. Despite the payback, Edwards took responsibility for the collision stating: "I was just racing as hard as I can. It's completely my fault, Kasey did a good job. I just got sucked up into him there off of turn 4 and tore up the right side a little bit and got loose into Turn 1 and that was it.... That's definitely my fault. I feel bad for Kasey."
    On June 22 Edwards led the final 19 laps of the 2014 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma for his 23rd career NSCS win, his first road course win of his career and his second win of 2014.
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    At the 2014 Food City 500, Edwards won a rain-delayed race.
    More Details Hide Details He led the last 78 laps. Weeks later Edwards nearly won the All-Star Race for a second time after starting on pole. However he was edged by Jamie McMurray for the win as McMurray passed him with 8 laps to go to win the $1m purse. In a post race interview Edwards said "I'm disappointed but Jamie did a good job on the restart. He cleared me and beat me fair and square. My hats off to him. I wish I won but I was just beaten." In late May, it was rumored that Edwards was leaving Roush's team for good. Edwards kept quiet for months over the rumors. During NASCAR RaceDay, Edwards stated he declined an offer from Richard Childress Racing which made everybody speculate that Edwards already had plans for 2015. On June 19, Jayski's Silly Season Site stated he heard "that the deal between Edwards and Joe Gibbs Racing is done, no word when it will be announced." On July 27, RFR announced the 2015 lineup, with Edwards not listed.
  • 2013
    Age 33
    The next week, he was 11th most of the day and finished 8th at the 2013 Camping World RV Sales 301.
    More Details Hide Details Edwards won his second race of the year at Richmond in September, assuming the lead on a cycle of pit stops and holding off Kurt Busch in the last laps, earning him an additional three points for Chase seeding. Edwards' win however caused controversy as it was discovered that Edwards jumped in front of leader Paul Menard on a restart to take the lead for the final time; an action that NASCAR gave penalties for in the past. Following the controversy, NASCAR changed the rules to permit anybody to beat the leader to the start-finish line as long as they accelerate past the restart line first. Though Edwards finished 11th at Chicago and 9th at New Hampshire to start the Chase, his Chase chances were ended with a 35th-place finish at Dover caused by an ill-handling car. He then had a fifth-place finish at Kansas, 10th place at Charlotte, a 17th place at Talladega, and 12th place at Martinsville. At Texas, Edwards started on pole and battled Jimmie Johnson for the lead on several restarts, before his engine blew up and he finished 37th. At Phoenix, Edwards and Johnson nearly wrecked each other in turn 1 mid-race but both cars continued on. Edwards ran out of gas with 2 laps left leading. Edwards finished 21st. He ended the season with a 12th-place finish at Homestead, and a 13th-place finish in the final points standings.
    On July 6, at the 2013 Coke Zero 400 he had a good run until turn 2 on the last lap.
    More Details Hide Details He got pushed up the track by Marcos Ambrose and created a mini-pileup, putting Edwards at the end of the lead lap. The caution did not fly.
    In the 2013 Daytona 500, Edwards was caught in a crash in turn one after Trevor Bayne slid, and Edwards was sent into the wall.
    More Details Hide Details Edwards led the most laps the following week at Phoenix and prevailed late, the second time he broke a 70-race winless streak at the short track.
  • 2012
    Age 32
    On September 8, 2012 during the race at Federation Auto Parts 400, he finished 17th and missed the chase for the first time since the 2006 season.
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    On August 11, 2012, Edwards entered and won his only race of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide season at Watkins Glen.
    More Details Hide Details He also confirmed with Brad Keselowski that they no longer hate each other.
    In January 2012, Edwards announced that he would not be competing in the Nationwide Series during the 2012 season, concentrating on his Sprint Cup championship effort.
    More Details Hide Details At Texas, Edwards ran well, until he made an unscheduled pit stop to check the lug on the car, sending him back to 30th, but was able to charge through over a course of 234 laps to finish 8th.
  • 2011
    Age 31
    After the Good Sam Club 500, he was in a tight points battle with Tony Stewart, but Stewart won the championship by holding off Edwards to win the 2011 Ford 400.
    More Details Hide Details They were tied in points, but Stewart won the tiebreaker, having 5 wins to Edwards' 1. In the Nationwide Series, Edwards contested the full season once again, but was unable to compete for the Drivers' Championship. Due to a scheduling conflict, he was forced to miss the Bucyrus 200 while the Cup Series raced at Infineon. Edwards would win a career high 8 races and give Jack Roush the Nationwide Series Owners' Championship.
    For the rest of the season, Edwards raced with consistency and made the 2011 Chase field.
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    On May 21, 2011, he won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
    More Details Hide Details On August 4, Edwards re-signed with Roush Fenway Racing to continue driving his No. 99 Ford Fusion. The deal was reportedly worth over $40 million, with Ford talking Edwards into sticking with Roush Fenway Racing for the rest of his career. It was rumored for many months that Edwards would go over to Joe Gibbs Racing to take over the No. 20 Toyota Camry then driven by Joey Logano. Joe Gibbs was rumored to have offered Edwards an $8 million deal a year with a $10 million signing bonus.
    On March 6, 2011, Edwards won the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas, his only points win of 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 30
    Carl went on to win the Kobalt Tools 500 on November 14, 2010, with his Aflac Ford Fusion and breaking a 70-race winless streak going on from the 2008 Ford 400 at Homestead.
    More Details Hide Details The next weekend, Carl Edwards would qualify second at Homestead, and go on to dominate and win the race with season champion Jimmie Johnson finishing 2nd. The late season rally would take Edwards to 4th in points.
    Edwards' season was a slow start in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Going into Daytona in July, he was in danger of missing the chase while barely running in the top 12 in points. The whole Roush Fenway team marks Chicagoland as the turning around point for the organization, where Edwards would finish 2nd to David Reutimann. Edwards performance increased from this point, with him winning the pole at Watkins Glen and Richmond, and leading laps at Atlanta and Richmond. On November 12, Edwards broke the track-record for the fastest qualifying lap at Phoenix International Raceway scoring his 6th career pole.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    Edwards and Katherine "Kate" Downey were married January 3, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The couple has two children Michael and Anne. Edwards has appeared on the covers of ESPN The Magazine and Men's Health shirtless, displaying his muscular body. He appeared in an Under Armour commercial during Super Bowl XLII. For a NASCAR driver, Edwards spends a lot of time developing his body, as photos of his abdominal and pectoral muscles have shown. Edwards made an appearance on the February 22, 2006, episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Ferguson produced the cover of the February issue of ESPN The Magazine which featured a bare-chested photo of Edwards. Joking that Edwards' nipples seemed far apart, Ferguson suggested this was because of the high speeds at which Edwards often traveled. Edwards is popular among fans for celebrating his wins by doing a backflip off his car (or truck), a style of celebration he took from sprint car driver Tyler Walker. Seizing on the popularity of Edwards' trademark celebrations, Ford ran several "Overactive Adrenaline Disorder" commercials in 2006 featuring a "young Carl" performing backflips in his baby crib, off of a couch, and off a doctors exam table. Edwards also performed his signature backflip not once, but twice in a recent This is SportsCenter commercial when he tried to cheer up anchor Neil Everett following a bad show. He has recently appeared in Aflac Commercials with the Aflac duck driving the No. 99 car and doing Edwards' trademark backflip which causes Edwards to utter "I taught him that!".
    He experienced another winless season in 2009 as his best finish was 2nd at Pocono Raceway.
    More Details Hide Details Although Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, Edwards finished 2nd place in the series and scored 5 wins, finishing 210 pts. behind the leader. Edwards won the first-ever Nationwide Series race at Road America in late June. He followed that up with a controversial win at the first Nationwide race of the season at Gateway, turning Brad Keselowski coming off the final turn to win the race. He won his third Nationwide race of the year at Texas Motor Speedway after dominating the race and a late race restart where he was accused of jumping the start by Kyle Busch. He would finish the season 2nd in points for the third year a in a row.
    In the No. 99 car, on the final lap of the 2009 Aaron's 499 at Talladega in April, Edwards survived one of the most violent crashes in NASCAR history.
    More Details Hide Details Heading into the tri-oval with the lead, Edwards turned down into Brad Keselowski's path. Keselowski touched, and Edwards spun backwards, then went airborne. He was propelled higher when he was hit by Ryan Newman, whose hood was destroyed, and flipped airborne into the catch fence. Edwards emerged from the car unharmed and sprinted on foot over the start/finish line to the cheers of the crowd. 8 fans were injured, the worst being a woman with a broken jaw; she was airlifted to a nearby hospital. He had a far more successful Nationwide Series season than Sprint Cup Series season, winning such famous NNS races as the NAPA 200 at Montreal. In the race Edwards had a top ten running until a final green-white-checker finish put him in third spot on the restart. Edwards passed Andrew Ranger for second and recovered from spinning his tires on the restart to catch up with dominant leader Marcos Ambrose. Edwards was unable to pass the Australian champion until the final turn of the final lap when Ambrose jumped over the curb too high. Edwards passed him and won the race in a big shock to the racing world; a finish considered to be one of the greatest ones of the sport. Edwards was so happy about getting his first road course win at one of the most famous tracks in the world; said that the Montreal race is his favorite winning performance, and said that Marcos had chatted with him that week and taught him about the track during meetings which he credited for him doing good.
    Heading into the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season, Many media analysts expected Edwards to challenge Johnson for the championship.
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  • 2008
    Age 28
    Edwards participated in the 2008 Race of Champions, partnered with Tanner Foust.
    More Details Hide Details While in the individual event Edwards faced 7-time Formula One Champion Michael Schumacher and defeated him. In the next round, however, Edwards was defeated by eventual runner-up David Coulthard. Edwards is a first cousin once removed to fellow NASCAR driver Ken Schrader, who told Edwards early in his racing career to get dirt track experience before going to Cup; he would later take the advice. In light of this relationship, Edwards is often referred to as "Cousin Carl." Edwards would give a business card to other teams for his services before getting a ride with Roush Racing. Off the track, Edwards has been busy promoting his new record label, Back40 Records, a company he started with a high school friend back in Columbia, Missouri. During the week of the Auto Club 500, Edwards participated in taping of the Fox television series 24, where he played Homeland Security Agent Jim Hill.
    The No. 99 car driven by Edwards was found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A, 12-4-Q, and 20–2.1J of the 2008 NASCAR rulebook, specifically the cover was off the oil tank.
    More Details Hide Details The violations were found during post-race inspection at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 2. The following penalties were levied by NASCAR: Edwards was fined 100 driver points and stripped his 10 bonus points for the Las Vegas win which would be used to seed him in the Chase for Championship (should he make The Chase). Roush was fined 100 owner points and Osborne was suspended for six races and fined $100,000. Edwards was leading the Kobalt Tools 500 looking for his 3rd consecutive victory, but on lap 274 his car began to smoke and his crew diagnosed the problem as a broken transmission. Edwards went on to finish 42nd. On April 7, he won the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for his third win of the season. On May 2, Edwards announced that he had signed a multi-year contract to remain with Roush Fenway Racing. On August 3, Edwards got his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of the season, surviving a rain delay and fuel shortage to win at Pocono. On August 17, Edwards dominated the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway capturing his fifth win of the season and surpassing his career high season win total of four in 2005. On August 24, Edwards earned another victory by winning the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The win was his second consecutive and sixth of the season. He did a bump and run Kyle Busch in the closing laps to take the win from the dominant driver of the night.
    Following the Las Vegas win, on March 5, 2008, NASCAR penalized Edwards, owner Jack Roush, and crew chief Bob Osborne for violations found in post-race inspection.
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    Edwards won the 2008 Auto Club 500, his 1st Sprint Cup win of the year.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, Edwards won the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his first back to back victories since 2005 when he won back to back in Atlanta and Texas. These victories would put Edwards at the top of the point standings for the first time in his career.
    2008 was Edwards' strongest year finishing second to Jimmie Johnson in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
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  • 2007
    Age 27
    On November 3, 2007, Edwards clinched his first NASCAR Busch Series Championship by finishing 11th at the O'Reilly Challenge.
    More Details Hide Details This came despite struggling in the second half of the Busch Series season. Edwards became the 19th different Busch Series Champion in the 26 years of the modern-era series.
    Edwards finished ninth in the final 2007 standings.
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    Edwards entered the 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup in 4th place, with 5020 points, based on his two wins in the 2007 season, clinching a spot in the Chase after his win at the Sharpie 500 at Bristol. Edwards struggled through the Chase despite winning at Dover during the Chase. The Hendrick duo of Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon dominated the Chase for the Championship winning six of the 10 races and finishing No. 1 and No. 2 in the final 2007 standings.
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    At the conclusion of the first 26 races, the 2007 "regular season", Edwards ranked 6th in overall standings, with 3372 points, 477 points behind overall points leader Jeff Gordon.
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    Edwards won his second race of the 2007 season, and sixth career Cup race, at the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 25.
    More Details Hide Details During the post-race interview on Victory Lane, Edwards commented on the race, saying, "This is the biggest win of my career".
    On June 17, 2007 Carl Edwards broke his 52-race winless streak in the Nextel Cup by winning the Citizens Bank 400.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter, on July 23, he dislocated his thumb in an eleven car pileup at a late model race at Nebraska Raceway Park (formerly I-80 Speedway) near Lincoln, Nebraska.
    On May 18, 2007, Edwards won the pole for the 2007 Nextel Open, and while he led almost the entire 40 lap race, he faded to third in the last few laps, just missing the feature event.
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    He won the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series championship and nearly won the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, but lost by a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart.
    More Details Hide Details Edwards is well known for doing a backflip off of his car to celebrate a victory, which was a result of saving himself from a potential fall when he had his first win.
  • 2006
    Age 26
    Edwards did not win a race in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details His best finish was at Michigan Speedway where he finished 2nd. And at the Rock and Roll Chevy 400 in Richmond, he missed the chase by getting wrecked and finished 35th three laps down.
    In 2006, Edwards and Roush Fenway Racing struggled to keep up with the competition.
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  • 2005
    Age 25
    Edwards got his third win of 2005 on October 30 in the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, sweeping both of the Nextel Cup races at Atlanta for the 2005 season.
    More Details Hide Details Edwards got his fourth win at Texas and became the tenth different driver to win at that track, and the fifth to win there for Roush Racing. By finishing the remainder of the 2004 season in the Nextel No. 99 car, he was not eligible to compete for the 2005 Rookie of the Year in Nextel Cup, but did win the 2005 Busch Series Rookie of the Year.
    On June 12, 2005, Edwards picked up his second Nextel Cup win by taking the checkered flag at the Pocono 500 at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
    More Details Hide Details The weekend was somewhat bittersweet for Edwards, as the Busch Series race at the Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee had been rained out the night before, and rescheduled for the same day. Even worse, qualifying for that race had been rained out, too, and in NASCAR, when qualifying is rained out, the starting grid is set by owner points. Through this process, Edwards was awarded pole, but Hank Parker, Jr. ended up driving the car to a 20th-place finish. Since Edwards did not start the race he was not awarded any points, and as such lost a 74-point lead in Busch Series points and dropped to fourth in the standings; Edwards never recovered from the missed race and finished the season third in points, well behind eventual series champion Martin Truex, Jr..
    On March 19, 2005, Edwards won the Aaron's 312 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, recording his first Busch Series win.
    More Details Hide Details The next day, he beat Jimmie Johnson by 2-hundredths of a second to win the Golden Corral 500 at the same track for his first Nextel Cup Series win. Until this took place, no driver had ever won both the Busch and Nextel Cup Series races in the same weekend at Atlanta, although the feat had been pulled off numerous times before at other tracks by other drivers. Also, Edwards became the first driver in NASCAR history to pick up his first career Busch and Nextel Cup Series wins in the same weekend, and became the eleventh driver in NASCAR history to win races in all three of the organization's major racing series.
    In 2005, Edwards became a full-time driver in both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series.
    More Details Hide Details He had already won races in each, and he made history in the process of winning.
  • 2004
    Age 24
    He drove the No. 99 Ford for the remainder of the 2004 Nextel Cup.
    More Details Hide Details He also once again ran one Busch Series race; this time for Bobby Benton's RAB Racing team at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    In August 2004, he made his Nextel Cup Series debut, replacing Jeff Burton, who left the team, in the No. 99 Ford Taurus for Roush Racing, at the Michigan International Speedway.
    More Details Hide Details He finished 10th.
    In 2004, he notched three more race wins, including the season-opening Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at the Daytona International Speedway.
    More Details Hide Details At season's end, Edwards finished 4th in the points.
  • 2003
    Age 23
    However, it was enough to impress Jack Roush, and Edwards became a full-time Truck Series competitor in 2003, driving the No. 99 Ford F-150, and won his first race at Kentucky.
    More Details Hide Details He won Rookie-of-the-Year honors in addition, to three race wins, eventually finishing 8th in the points standings at the end of the season.
  • 2002
    Age 22
    Edwards' big break came in 2002, when he competed in 7 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events for MB Motorsports.
    More Details Hide Details His best finish in the seven races was 8th at Kansas Speedway. He also ran one Busch Series race for Bost Motorsports, finishing 38th at Gateway International Raceway.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1997
    Age 17
    He graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Edwards initially did not plan to attend college, but he received some state assistance and decided to attend the University of Missouri in his hometown of Columbia. After three semesters studying engineering, Edwards decided that university attendance was not working as he pursued his career goals in racing. Prior to becoming a full-time driver, Edwards was working as a substitute teacher while pursuing his racing career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Carl Edwards was born in Columbia, Missouri on August 15, 1979.
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