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Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards at the Daytona 500.JPG
Edwards at the 2015 Daytona 500
Born Carl Michael Edwards II
(1979-08-15) August 15, 1979 (age 38)
Columbia, Missouri
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Achievements 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Champion
2011 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Winner
2007 Prelude to the Dream Winner
2015 Coca-Cola 600 winner
2015 Bojangles' Southern 500 winner
Awards 2005 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year
2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2007 NASCAR Busch Series Most Popular Driver
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
445 races run over 13 years
2016 position 4th
Best finish 2nd (2008, 2011)
First race 2004 GFS Marketplace 400 (Michigan)
Last race 2016 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)
First win 2005 Golden Corral 500 (Atlanta)
Last win 2016 AAA Texas 500 (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
28 223 22
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
245 races run over 10 years
Best finish 1st (2007)
First race 2002 Charter Pipeline 250 (Gateway)
Last race 2012 Zippo 200 (Watkins Glen)
First win 2005 Aaron's 312 (Atlanta)
Last win 2012 Zippo 200 (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
38 174 27
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
60 races run over 5 years
Best finish 4th (2004)
First race 2002 O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 (Memphis)
Last race 2007 San Bernardino County 200 (California)
First win 2003 Built Ford Tough 225 (Kentucky)
Last win 2004 O'Reilly 200 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
6 35 4
Statistics current as of November 20, 2016.

Carl Michael Edwards II[1] (born August 15, 1979) is a retired American professional stock car racing driver. He competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. Prior to that, he drove the No. 99 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing. 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. 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.[2]

Early life[edit]

Carl Edwards was born in Columbia, Missouri on August 15, 1979. He graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 1997. 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.[3][4][5]

Racing career[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

Edwards does a backflip, after winning at Texas Motor Speedway

Edwards' big break came in 2002, when he competed in 7 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events for MB Motorsports. 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. However, it was enough to impress Jack Roush, and Edwards became a full-time Truck Series competitor for Roush Racing in 2003, driving the No. 99 Ford F-150, and won his first race at Kentucky.[2] 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. In 2004, he notched three more race wins, including the season-opening Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at the Daytona International Speedway. At season's end, Edwards finished 4th in the points. 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. He finished 10th. He drove the No. 99 Ford for the remainder of the 2004 Nextel Cup. He also once again ran one Busch Series race; this time for Bobby Benton's RAB Racing team at Bristol Motor Speedway.

2005[edit]

In 2005, Edwards became a full-time driver in both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series. He had already won races in each, and he made history in the process of winning. On March 19, 2005, Edwards won the Aaron's 312 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, recording his first Busch Series win. 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.[citation needed]

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. 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. Also, qualifying for that race had been rained out, 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 series champion Martin Truex, Jr.. 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.[citation needed]

Edwards racing Elliott Sadler and Bobby Labonte on pit road

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. The 2005 season saw Carl Edwards becoming the second driver in NASCAR history to win the most amount of races in his first ever winning season with 4. He is one of only 2 drivers to accomplish this feat, along with Kurt Busch, who did it 3 years prior in 2002.

2006[edit]

In 2006, Edwards and Roush Fenway Racing struggled to keep up with the competition. Edwards did not win a race in 2006. His best finish came at Michigan, Loudon, and Dover in the fall where he finished 2nd. At the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 in Richmond, he missed the chase by getting wrecked and finished 35th three laps down.

2007[edit]

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. On June 17, 2007 Carl Edwards broke his 52-race winless streak in the Nextel Cup by winning the Citizens Bank 400. 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. 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. During the post-race interview on Victory Lane, Edwards commented on the race, saying, "This is the biggest win of my career". 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. 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. Edwards finished ninth in the final 2007 standings.[citation needed]

Edwards celebrating after clinching the 2007 Busch Series Championship after the fall Texas race
2008 Cup racecar

On November 3, 2007, Edwards clinched his first NASCAR Busch Series Championship by finishing 11th at the O'Reilly Challenge. 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.

2008[edit]

Two-thousand eight was Edwards' strongest year, finishing second to Jimmie Johnson in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Edwards won the 2008 Auto Club 500, his first Sprint Cup win of the year. 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 in Atlanta and Texas. These victories put Edwards at the top of the point standings for the first time in his career.[citation needed]

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. 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. 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 third 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.[6] 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 on Kyle Busch in the closing laps to take the win from the dominant driver of the night. Busch showed his displeasure with Edwards after the race by driving into the side of Edwards' car, after which Edwards retaliated by spinning Kyle out. On October 26, Edwards earned his seventh victory of the season with a win in the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta. On November 2, Edwards tied Kyle Busch for the series wins lead by winning his second Dickies 500 at Texas, his eighth win of the season. He reduced his deficit in the points to 106 behind Jimmie Johnson. On November 9 at Phoenix, Edwards finished fourth behind race winner Johnson, who by virtue of the win and the 10 bonus points he earned for leading one lap and the most laps took a 141-point lead over Edwards. Edwards won the season finale at Homestead to take over the series wins lead for the season, extending his career high win total to nine. However, he did not finish far ahead enough of Johnson to take the Sprint Cup championship, as Johnson finished fifteenth and led at least one lap to win the championship by 69 points over Edwards.[citation needed]

2009[edit]

Heading into the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season, Many media analysts expected Edwards to challenge Johnson for the championship.

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. 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. Eight fans were injured, including a woman with a broken jaw; she was airlifted to a nearby hospital.[7]

He had a far more successful Nationwide Series season than Sprint Cup Series season, including a win at the NAPA 200 at Montreal. In the race Edwards had a top-ten position 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 of the sport. Edwards was elated about getting his first road course win at one of the most famous tracks in the world; has said that the Montreal race is his favorite winning performance, and that Marcos had chatted with him that week and taught him about the track during meetings which he credited for his success.

He experienced another winless season in 2009 as his best finish was second at Pocono Raceway. Although Kyle Busch won the Nationwide Series championship, Edwards finished second in the series and scored five wins, finishing 210 points behind the winner.

2010[edit]

2010 Road America winning car

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.

Edwards' season was a slow start in 2010. 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. 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. 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.[citation needed]

2011[edit]

On March 6, 2011, Edwards won the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas, his only points win of 2011. On May 21, 2011, he won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. 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.

For the rest of the season, Edwards raced with consistency and made the 2011 Chase field. 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. 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.[citation needed]

2012[edit]

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.[8]

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.

On August 11, 2012, Edwards entered and won his only race of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide season at Watkins Glen. He also confirmed with Brad Keselowski that they no longer hate each other. 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.[9]

2013[edit]

Edwards during the 2013 STP Gas Booster 500

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.[10] 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.

On July 6, at the 2013 Coke Zero 400 he had a good run until turn 2 on the last lap. 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. The next week, he was 11th most of the day and finished 8th at the 2013 Camping World RV Sales 301.

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.[11] 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.[12]

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.

2014[edit]

At the 2014 Food City 500, Edwards won a rain-delayed race. He led the last 78 laps.[13]

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."[14] On July 27, RFR announced the 2015 lineup, with Edwards not listed.[15]

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.

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. According to Jack Roush, the parting was mutual and not because of any falling-out.[16][17]

2015[edit]

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. [18]

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."

In the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, Edwards took the lead early in the race, fell back, but managed to regain the lead close to the end, and held off former teammate Greg Biffle to win his 24th career win, snapping a 31-race winless streak. In July, he won the pole position for both the 5-hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire and the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. At Darlington, Edwards took his second win of the year after rallying back from being two laps down to the leaders.

In the Challenger Round of the Chase, Edwards started with a second-place finish at Chicagoland coming back from a speeding penalty. At New Hampshire, he won the pole position, led 19 laps, and finished fifth. At Dover, Edwards started third and finished 15th. He was eliminated in the Round of 8, but finished 5th in points.

2016: Final season[edit]

Edwards parted ways with crew chief Darian Grubb after the 2015 season ended. 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. Edwards dominated the final laps of the 2016 Food City 500 to win the race after starting on pole. 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. Carl would qualify for the chase and win a rain shortened race at Texas to clinch a spot in the final four. In the final race at Homestead-Miami speedway, he was caught up in a wreck with ten laps to go.

On January 9, 2017, FOX Sports reported Edwards planned to step away from NASCAR to pursue other opportunities; Daniel Suárez will replace him in the 2017 season.[19] In his retirement press conference on January 11, Edwards said, “I don’t have a life raft I’m jumping onto; I’m just jumping. And in a way, that makes it easier. This is a pure, simple, personal decision.”[20]

Other racing[edit]

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.[21]

Edwards participated in the 2008 Race of Champions, partnered with Tanner Foust. 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.

In popular media[edit]

Edwards appeared on The Price Is Right, where he presented both showcases on the episode which aired on November 10, 2009. The Showcases were NASCAR-themed, with a trip to the Coca-Cola 600 and a Camping World trailer featured in one Showcase, while the other featured the debut of a new garage door prop for the "ultimate garage" Showcase that featured tools and a hybrid version of his Ford Fusion racer.[22]

He played in the annual Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game in 2009 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. During the game he sported a Boston Red Sox cap because of the affiliation his race team Roush Fenway Racing has to the owners of the Boston Red Sox.

Edwards guest hosted on WWE Raw on February 8, 2010. Edwards also appeared a few weeks before the 2012 Daytona 500, saying to John Cena that he could wave the green flag for the start of the race; weather postponing the race to Monday kept Cena from doing so as he had to honor a WWE commitment in Portland.[23]

In 2015, Edwards was a NASCAR on NBC guest analyst for the Xfinity Series race at Richmond.[24] In 2016, Edwards was a Fox NASCAR guest analyst for the Xfinity Series race at Texas.

Edwards has a cameo appearance as a West Virginia state trooper in the 2017 film Logan Lucky.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Edwards reading prior to the 2010 Pepsi Max 400

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.[26] 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. Edwards was raised a Christian but refuses to talk about religion publicly and refuses to answer religion-connected questions when interviewed.

He is rumored to run against Claire McCaskill for a U. S. Senate seat in 2018.[27][28]

Family[edit]

Edwards and Katherine "Kate" Downey were married January 3, 2009.[29][30] The couple has two children Michael and Anne.

He is a first cousin once removed to fellow 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." During a visit to the USS Constitution Museum in 2016, Edwards revealed that his great-great-great grandfather is Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States.[31]

Athleticism[edit]

Edwards performs his signature backflip after winning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2008

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.[citation needed]

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[32] featuring a "young Carl" performing backflips in his baby crib, off of a couch, and off a doctors exam table. Edwards also appeared in a recent[when?] This is SportsCenter commercial when he tried to excite anchor Neil Everett following a bad show. He has appeared in Aflac Commercials with the Aflac duck when Edwards was sponsored by Aflac, from 2009 to 2011.[33]

He is also dedicated to fitness by biking and long distance running off the track, but also his sponsors, which included Subway and Vitamin Water. He also appeared on "Eat Smart, Move More" Campaign ads in 2007.[34]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NSCC Pts
2004 Roush Racing 99 Ford DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH
10
BRI
33
CAL
6
RCH
6
NHA
20
DOV
18
TAL
42
KAN
22
CLT
QL
MAR
24
ATL
3
PHO
37
DAR
7
HOM
14
37th 1424
2005 DAY
12
CAL
5
LVS
14
ATL
1
BRI
26
MAR
38
TEX
19
PHO
7
TAL
32
DAR
9
RCH
21
CLT
3
DOV
16
POC
1
MCH
5
SON
38
DAY
33
CHI
39
NHA
12
POC
4
IND
12
GLN
19
MCH
4
BRI
24
CAL
4
RCH
21
NHA
19
DOV
9
TAL
5
KAN
3
CLT
10
MAR
26
ATL
1
TEX
1
PHO
6
HOM
4
3rd 6498
2006 DAY
43
CAL
3
LVS
26
ATL
40
BRI
4
MAR
16
TEX
36
PHO
4
TAL
8
RCH
7
DAR
39
CLT
3
DOV
15
POC
25
MCH
2
SON
6
DAY
39
CHI
20
NHA
2
POC
39
IND
9
GLN
5
MCH
22
BRI
7
CAL
4
RCH
35
NHA
18
DOV
2
KAN
6
TAL
9
CLT
8
MAR
12
ATL
7
TEX
15
PHO
5
HOM
8
12th 4428
2007 Roush Fenway Racing DAY
23
CAL
29
LVS
6
ATL
7
BRI
12
MAR
17
TEX
12
PHO
11
TAL
42
RCH
12
DAR
5
CLT
15
DOV
3
POC
14
MCH
1
SON
18
NHA
13
DAY
4
CHI
3
IND
18
POC
21
GLN
8
MCH
7
BRI
1
CAL
2
RCH
42
NHA
12
DOV
1
KAN
37
TAL
14
CLT
5
MAR
11
ATL
2
TEX
26
PHO
42
HOM
5
9th 6222
2008 DAY
19
CAL
1
LVS
1
ATL
42
BRI
16
MAR
9
TEX
1
PHO
4
TAL
40
RCH
7
DAR
2
CLT
9
DOV
2
POC
9
MCH
7
SON
9
NHA
17
DAY
2
CHI
32
IND
2
POC
1
GLN
9
MCH
1
BRI
1
CAL
6
RCH
13
NHA
3
DOV
3
KAN
2
TAL
29
CLT
33
MAR
3
ATL
1
TEX
1
PHO
4
HOM
1
2nd 6615
2009 DAY
18
CAL
7
LVS
17
ATL
3
BRI
15
MAR
26
TEX
10
PHO
10
TAL
24
RCH
26
DAR
32
CLT
4
DOV
7
POC
2
MCH
4
SON
13
NHA
19
DAY
4
CHI
14
IND
15
POC
18
GLN
3
MCH
4
BRI
16
ATL
37
RCH
15
NHA
17
DOV
11
KAN
10
CAL
6
CLT
39
MAR
20
TAL
14
TEX
39
PHO
16
HOM
7
11th 6618
2010 DAY
9
CAL
13
LVS
12
ATL
39
BRI
6
MAR
8
PHO
7
TEX
33
TAL
11
RCH
5
DAR
15
DOV
8
CLT
16
POC
12
MCH
12
SON
29
NHA
25
DAY
6
CHI
2
IND
7
POC
3
GLN
5
MCH
3
BRI
12
ATL
2
RCH
10
NHA
11
DOV
5
KAN
5
CAL
6
CLT
34
MAR
12
TAL
17
TEX
19
PHO
1
HOM
1
4th 6393
2011 DAY
2
PHO
28
LVS
1
BRI
2
CAL
6
MAR
18
TEX
3
TAL
6
RCH
5
DAR
2
DOV
7
CLT
16
KAN
5
POC
37
MCH
5
SON
3
DAY
37
KEN
5
NHA
13
IND
14
POC
7
GLN
12
MCH
36
BRI
9
ATL
5
RCH
2
CHI
4
NHA
8
DOV
3
KAN
5
CLT
3
TAL
11
MAR
9
TEX
2
PHO
2
HOM
2
2nd 2403
2012 DAY
8
PHO
17
LVS
5
BRI
39
CAL
5
MAR
11
TEX
8
KAN
9
RCH
10
TAL
31
DAR
7
CLT
9
DOV
26
POC
11
MCH
11
SON
21
KEN
20
DAY
6
NHA
18
IND
29
POC
7
GLN
14
MCH
6
BRI
22
ATL
36
RCH
17
CHI
19
NHA
19
DOV
5
TAL
36
CLT
7
KAN
14
MAR
18
TEX
16
PHO
11
HOM
12
15th 1030
2013 DAY
33
PHO
1
LVS
5
BRI
18
CAL
4
MAR
15
TEX
3
KAN
17
RCH
6
TAL
3
DAR
7
CLT
11
DOV
14
POC
18
MCH
8
SON
3
KEN
21
DAY
29
NHA
8
IND
13
POC
11
GLN
4
MCH
10
BRI
39
ATL
18
RCH
1
CHI
11
NHA
9
DOV
35
KAN
5
CLT
10
TAL
17
MAR
12
TEX
37
PHO
21
HOM
12
13th 2282
2014 DAY
17
PHO
8
LVS
5
BRI
1
CAL
10
MAR
13
TEX
14
DAR
13
RCH
9
TAL
30
KAN
6
CLT
4
DOV
14
POC
41
MCH
23
SON
1
KEN
17
DAY
37
NHA
13
IND
15
POC
29
GLN
5
MCH
23
BRI
7
ATL
5
RCH
22
CHI
20
NHA
17
DOV
11
KAN
5
CLT
8
TAL
21
MAR
20
TEX
9
PHO
15
HOM
34
9th 2288
2015 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 Toyota DAY
23
ATL
12
LVS
42
PHO
13
CAL
13
MAR
17
TEX
10
BRI
24
RCH
19
TAL
32
KAN
20
CLT
1
DOV
19
POC
15
MCH
12
SON
40
DAY
41
KEN
4
NHA
7
IND
13
POC
10
GLN
8
MCH
6
BRI
7
DAR
1
RCH
11
CHI
2
NHA
5
DOV
15
CLT
6
KAN
8
TAL
5
MAR
14
TEX
5
PHO
12
HOM
11
5th 2368
2016 DAY
5
ATL
5
LVS
18
PHO
2
CAL
7
MAR
6
TEX
7
BRI
1*
RCH
1*
TAL
35
KAN
11
DOV
28
CLT
18
POC
8
MCH
6
SON
4
DAY
25
KEN
2
NHA
20
IND
35
POC
8
GLN
15
BRI
6
MCH
7
DAR
19
RCH
32
CHI
15
NHA
6
DOV
14
CLT
12
KAN
2
TAL
29
MAR
36
TEX
1
PHO
19
HOM
34
4th 5007
– Qualified for Dave Blaney
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2005 Roush Racing Ford 27 12
2006 5 43
2007 Roush Fenway Racing 14 23
2008 11 19
2009 16 18
2010 27 9
2011 22 2
2012 1 8
2013 36 33
2014 30 17
2015 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6 23
2016 10 5

Nationwide Series[edit]

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts
2002 Bost Motorsports 9 Chevy DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI GTY
38
PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL CAR PHO HOM 117th 49
2004 RAB Racing 03 Ford DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL GTY RCH NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR IRP MCH BRI
19
CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL PHO DAR HOM 116th 106
2005 Roush Racing 60 Ford DAY
10
CAL
6
MXC
3
LVS
7*
ATL
1
NSH
4
BRI
7
TEX
4
PHO
8
TAL
33
DAR
11
RCH
1
CLT
35
DOV
31
NSH
QL
KEN
1*
MLW
14
DAY
36
CHI
4
NHA
2
PPR
34
GTY
3
IRP
20
GLN
11
MCH
3
BRI
29
CAL
1
RCH
28
DOV
9
KAN
27
CLT
4
MEM
5
TEX
3
PHO
1*
HOM
19
3rd 4601
2006 DAY
39
CAL
3
MXC
8
LVS
5
ATL
24
BRI
5
TEX
43
NSH
5
PHO
3
TAL
10
RCH
6
DAR
8
CLT
1
DOV
2*
NSH
1*
KEN
36
MLW
21
DAY
5
CHI
2
NHA
1
MAR
6
GTY
1
IRP
10
GLN
27
MCH
23
BRI
8
CAL
12
RCH
9
DOV
26
KAN
6
CLT
27*
MEM
3
TEX
7
PHO
5
HOM
2
2nd 4824
2007 Roush Fenway Racing DAY
3
CAL
4
MXC
4
LVS
6
ATL
4
BRI
1*
NSH
1*
TEX
3
PHO
5
TAL
10
RCH
13
DAR
3
CLT
17
DOV
1*
NSH
1
KEN
33*
MLW
8*
NHA
2
DAY
11
CHI
20
GTY
6
IRP
4
CGV
30
GLN
32
MCH
28
BRI
11
CAL
26
RCH
2
DOV
6
KAN
38
CLT
33
MEM
25
TEX
11
PHO
7
HOM
4
1st 4805
2008 DAY
10
CAL
5
LVS
14
ATL
4
BRI
14
NSH
3
TEX
13
PHO
2
MXC
4
TAL
31
RCH
7*
DAR
43
CLT
13
DOV
2
NSH
13
KEN
20
MLW
1
NHA
5
DAY
11
CHI
16
GTY
1*
IRP
11
CGV
6
GLN
25
MCH
1*
BRI
37
CAL
2
RCH
1
DOV
5
KAN
4
CLT
5
MEM
1*
TEX
2
PHO
1*
HOM
1
2nd 5111
2009 DAY
2
CAL
4
LVS
2
BRI
2
TEX
18
NSH
5
PHO
33
TAL
13
RCH
2
DAR
3
CLT
10
DOV
5
NSH
3
KEN
20
MLW
1
NHA
6
DAY
3
CHI
6
GTY
3
IRP
1*
IOW
4
GLN
3
MCH
40
BRI
2
CGV
1
ATL
7
RCH
1
DOV
5
KAN
7
CAL
3
CLT
5
MEM
6
TEX
9
PHO
1*
HOM
2
2nd 5472
2010 DAY
2
CAL
4
LVS
3
BRI
4
NSH
6
PHO
6
TEX
30
TAL
35
RCH
5
DAR
6
DOV
11
CLT
9
NSH
2
KEN
2
ROA
1*
NHA
3
DAY
11
CHI
6
GTY
1
IRP
2
IOW
10
GLN
33
MCH
2
BRI
5
CGV
20*
ATL
3
RCH
10
DOV
3
KAN
14
CAL
4
CLT
13
GTY
5
TEX
1
PHO
1*
HOM
6
2nd 5194
2011 DAY
29
PHO
2
LVS
6*
BRI
7
CAL
2
TEX
1*
TAL
17
NSH
1*
RCH
25
DAR
20
DOV
1*
IOW
2
CLT
2*
CHI
2*
MCH
1*
ROA DAY
14
KEN
8
NHA
34
NSH
1*
IRP
5
IOW
2
GLN
5
CGV
7
BRI
4
ATL
1*
RCH
2*
CHI
2
DOV
1*
KAN
2
CLT
1
TEX
3*
PHO
3
HOM
3*
89th 01
2012 DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN
1
CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 105th 01
– Qualified for Hank Parker, Jr.

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCTC Pts
2002 MB Motorsports 63 Ford DAY DAR MAR GTY PPR DOV TEX MEM
23
MLW
28
KAN
8
KEN
18
NHA MCH IRP NSH RCH TEX SBO LVS CAL PHO HOM 33rd 676
2003 Roush Racing 99 Ford DAY
24
DAR
23
MMR
15
MAR
4
CLT
12
DOV
33
TEX
2
MEM
5
MLW
15
KAN
2
KEN
1
GTW
4
MCH
5
IRP
1*
NSH
1*
BRI
11
RCH
25
NHA
2
CAL
7
LVS
27
SBO
7
TEX
4
MAR
2
PHO
4
HOM
27
8th 3416
2004 DAY
1*
ATL
7
MAR
6
MFD
17
CLT
2*
DOV
14
TEX
6
MEM
5
MLW
23
KAN
1
KEN
33
GTW
18
MCH
6
IRP
5
NSH
20
BRI
1
RCH
5
NHA
4
LVS
33
CAL
10
TEX
9
MAR
8
PHO
10
DAR
4
HOM
12
4th 3493
2006 Roush Racing 50 Ford DAY CAL ATL MAR GTY CLT MFD DOV
2
TEX MCH MLW KAN KEN MEM IRP NSH BRI NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 63rd 170
2007 Roush Fenway Racing DAY
24
CAL
4
ATL MAR KAN CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTW NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 64th 251

* Season still in progress.
1 Ineligible for series championship points.

Rolex Sports Car Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class)

Rolex Sports Car Series results
Year Team Make Engine Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points Ref
2009 Doran Racing Dallara Ford DP DAY VIR NJ LAG WAT MDO DAY2 BAR WAT2 CGV
29/16
MIL HOM 0 [35]

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