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Carl Edwards
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Born August 15, 1979 (1979-08-15) (age 30)
Hometown Columbia, Missouri
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Awards 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series - Rookie of the Year

2005 NASCAR Busch Series - Rookie of the Year

2007 NASCAR Busch Series Champion
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series statistics
Car #, team #99 - Roush Fenway Racing
2009 Sprint Cup position 11th
Best cup position 2nd - 2008
First race 2004 GFS Marketplace 400 (Michigan)
First win 2005 Golden Corral 500 (Atlanta)
Last win 2008 Ford 400 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
16 100 4
NASCAR Nationwide Series statistics
Car #, team #60 - Roush Fenway Racing
2009 NNS position 2nd
Best NNS position 1st - 2007
First race 2002 Charter Pipeline 250 (Gateway)
First win 2005 Aaron's 312 (Atlanta)
Last win 2009 Able Body Labor 200 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
25 122 18
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series statistics
Best NCWTS position 4th - 2004
First race 2002 O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 (Memphis)
First win 2003 Built Ford Tough 225 by Greater Cincinati Ford Dealers (Kentucky)
Last win 2004 O'Reilly 200 Presented by Valvoline Maxlife (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
6 35 4
Statistics current as of March 14, 2010.

Carl Michael Edwards, II (born August 15, 1979) is an American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series driver for Roush Fenway Racing. In the Sprint Cup Series, Edwards drives the #99 Aflac Ford Fusion with Scotts-Miracle Gro for 6 races, Subway for 3 races, and Kellogg's and Cheez-It each for one race. In the Nationwide Series he drives the #60 Copart/Fastenal Ford Fusion/Ford Mustang with some sponsorship from Citigroup and Vitaminwater.

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Career

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NASCAR

Edwards' big break came in 2001, 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 in 2003, driving the #99 Ford F-150 sponsored by Superchips. 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 #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 with sponsorship from Mac Tools.

2005

In 2005, Edwards became a full-time driver in both the NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series. He has 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.

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. 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..

Edwards got his third win of 2005 on October 30 in the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Edwards No. 99 races to the end of pit lane

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 #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.

2006

In 2006, Carl Edwards' and Roush Racing struggled to keep up with the competition. Edwards did not win a race in 2006. His best finish was at Michigan Speedway where he finished 2nd.

2007

On May 18, 2007, Edwards won the pole for the 2007 NEXTEL Open, and while he lead 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. Carl 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 #1 and #2 in the final 2007 standings. Edwards finished ninth in the final 2007 standings.

Edwards celebrating after clinching the 2007 Busch Series Championship after the fall Texas race.
2008 Cup racecar
Edwards celebrates his NNS win at his home track of Gateway International Raceway with GIR PR Director Brandon Mudd.

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

2008 was Carl Edwards strongest year for Edwards finishing second to Jimmie Johnson in the NASCARSprint Cup Series Edwards won the 2008 Auto Club 500 his 1st 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 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.

However, 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 #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 seat 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. RFR may contest the penalty, but only for the basis of drivers and owners points lost, as Osborne will begin serving his suspension. However, others in the garage, such as Ryan Newman, Elliot Sadler, and Lee White of Toyota have criticized the Roush Fenway team, saying that it was intentional. A similar penalty involving the #0 JD Motorsports team, who also had their oil tank top removed, was contested by the team but was not lifted.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.[1] It was announced that Aflac will be the full time sponsor of the 99 car in 2009. This was the largest sponsorship contract that Roush Fenway Racing has ever signed. On August 3, Carl got his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of the season, surviving a rain delay and fuel shortage to win at Pocono. On August 17, Carl 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, Carl 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. Busch showed his displeasure with Edwards after the race by driving into the side of Edwards' car, to which he returned the favor by spinning Kyle out. On October 26, Edwards earned his 7th 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.

2009

Heading into the 2009 Nascar Sprint Cup Season, Carl Edwards will be sponsored by Aflac, Subway for three races, and Claritin for one race. The Office Depot sponsorship heads over to Tony Stewart and his Stewart-Haas team. Many media analysists expected Edwards to challenge Johnson for the championship.

In the #99 Claritin car, on the final lap of the April 26, 2009 Talledega race (Aarons 499) Edwards survived one of the most violent crashes in NASCAR history. Heading into the tri-oval with the lead, Brad Keselowski attempted to make the pass. Following this, Edwards came down the track and touched the right front side of Keselowski's car, sending him spinning. Edwards bounced off Ryan Newman, and flipped airborne into the catchfence. 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, the worst being a woman with a broken jaw. The woman was airlifted to a nearby hospital.[2] Edwards did not win a race in 2009 like he did in 2006. His best finish was at Pocono Raceway where he finished 2nd.

Although Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Edwards finished 2nd place in the series and made 5 wins with 210 pts. behiend the leader.

2010

Heading into 2010 season Kellogg's and Cheez-It will move over from Mark Martin and Hendrick Motorsports to sponsor the #99 car for 2 races (one race for each). Scotts-Miracle Gro will move from the Nationwide Series back to Cup to sponsor the #99 in 6 races. Copart and Fastenal with move over to the #60 Nationwide car. In the 2010 Kobalt Tools 500, Edwards spun Brad Keselowski, which caused Keselowski's car to become airborne. The car flipped upside-down and contacted the outside wall, before coming to rest on all four tires. As a result, NASCAR parked Edwards for the remainder of the race and placed him on a three race probation.[3]His probation will start with the next race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Other Racing

On June 6, 2007, Carl 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.

Edwards participated in the 2008 Race of Champions, partnered by 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.

Personal Life

Edwards is a first cousin once removed to fellow NASCAR driver Ken Schrader, who furiously 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, Carl has been busy promoting his new record label, Back40 Records, a company he started with a high school friend back in Columbia, Missouri.[4]

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.

It has been rumored that he is the cousin of Buffalo Bills Quarterback Trent Edwards. During an interview with Dave Hollander of AOL Sports [5], Hollander asked if Carl's cousin Trent Edwards had the same allergies as he did. After Carl replied that, "My old cousin Trent...he probably has the same kind of stuff I do," Roush Fenway Racing Senior Account Manager Randy Fuller said he didn't know that Trent Edwards was Carl's cousin. In response to Fuller, Edwards said, "He's not. I’m just rollin’ with it."

Edwards also appeared on The Price Is Right, where he presented both Showcases on the November 10, 2009 episode. 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.

Edwards is a known fan of professional wrestling, specifically WWE, and wrestler John Cena is one of his closest friends. He guest hosted on WWE Monday Night RAW on February 8th, 2010.

On Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Edwards' wife gave birth to their first child, Anne Katherine Edwards, at 12:44 pm CT in Columbia, MO. She was 8 lbs 4 oz [6].

Athleticism

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 due to the high rates of speed 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 has recently run several "Overactive Adrenaline Disorder" commercials 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 #99 car and doing Carl's trademark backflip which causes Carl Edwards to utter "I taught him that!". After his win in Milwaukee in the Nationwide Series in 2008, Edwards opted out of his typical backflip. NHRA racer Scott Kalitta was killed earlier that day and Edwards felt his backflip was inappropriate. He also didn't perform his backflip following his win at the 2009 Virginia College Savings 250 because of a broken right foot while playing frisbee two weeks before. The backflip returned during the WWE Raw episode he hosted, as his opening ring entrance included a backflip off the top rope.

Edwards 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.

Races won

Sprint Cup

2008

2007

2005

Nationwide Series

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

Camping World Truck Series

2004

2003

Career NASCAR Sprint Cup statistics

Year Races Wins Poles Top 5 Top 10 DNF Avg. Finish Avg. Start Winnings Season Rank Team(s)
2004 13 0 0 1 5 2 18.6 19.8 $1,454,380 37th Roush Racing
2005 36 4 2 13 18 1 14.0 18.9 $6,893,157 3rd Roush Racing
2006 36 0 0 10 20 3 15.2 19.3 $5,353,629 12th Roush Racing
2007 36 3 1 11 15 4 13.9 16.8 $6,011,044 9th Roush Fenway Racing
2008 36 9 1 19 27 2 9.5 12.3 $11,364,210 2nd Roush Fenway Racing
2009 36 0 0 7 14 1 14.4 18.4 $6,710,870 11th Roush Fenway Racing
2010 2 0 0 0 1 0 11.0 29.0 $489,291 10th Roush Fenway Racing
Totals 195 16 4 61 100 13 13.8 19.2 $33,862,314 (Avg.) 12th

(Data as of February 25, 2010) [7][8]

References

Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site

  1. ^ NASCAR.com - Multi-year contract keeps Edwards at Roush Fenway
  2. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=4103113
  3. ^ http://www.nascar.com/2010/news/headlines/cup/03/09/cedwards.probation.bkeselowski/index.html
  4. ^ NASCAR driver Carl Edwards stays in tune off the track The York Dispatch 12/11/2006 ELLEN SISKA
  5. ^ http://sports.aol.com/nascar/story/_a/enter-the-mind-of-edwards/20080322042909990001
  6. ^ Announcement of birth on Roush Fenway Racing website
  7. ^ NASCAR Official Point Standings
  8. ^ Carl Edwards on NASCAR.COM

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[[File:|right|thumb|Carl Edwards]] Carl Michael Edwards, II (born August 15, 1979) is an American racecar driver who drives the #99 Aflac Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing in the Nascar Sprint cup series. Edwards was the 2007 Nationwide series. He has 16 Sprint cup series wins at the start of the 2010 NASCAR season.[1]

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