Stock Car Racing
#99 Carl Edwards
|Car||#99 Ford Fusion|
|Crew Chief||Jimmy Fennig|
|Birthday||AUG 15, 1979|
For the second straight year a Ford driver found himself atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings at the end of the season. Unfortunately for Blue Oval fans, it was the end of the 26-race regular season in which the Chase field is set for the final 10-race championship dash to the finish.
Carl Edwards was the man who found himself with the most points after winning the September Richmond race, duplicating Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle’s accomplishment from 2012. The win was the second of the season for Edwards and put him one point ahead of eventual series champion Jimmie Johnson for regular-season supremacy.
When the points were reset for the Chase, Edwards was fifth and never found the necessary traction to move forward and ended up 13th in the final standings. Despite the disappointment, Edwards led Ford drivers with those two victories (Phoenix 1 and Richmond 2) and also had two poles as well.
As a result, Edwards enters 2014 ranked 10th on the all-time Ford win list in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 21, but is third overall when combining wins in NASCAR’s top three divisions. Edwards has 65 combined victories in NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition, which trails only all-time Ford leader Mark Martin (89) and second-place David Pearson (73).
Edwards made his debut with Roush Fenway Racing in 2003 and captured the NCWTS Rookie of the Year Award after winning three times and finishing eighth in the point standings. He moved up to the NNS and NSCS ranks in 2005 and showed even more of what was in store down the road as he posted third-place finishes in each series. Edwards had five wins and four poles in Nationwide while managing four wins and two poles on the Cup side.
He finished second in 2008 by 69 points to champion Jimmie Johnson, but his second runner-up finish in 2011 was even more heartbreaking as he and Tony Stewart tied with the same number of points after the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Stewart ended up with the title by virtue of more race wins during the season.
- Edwards replaced Jeff Burton in the No. 99 Ford and made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Michigan in August 2004, where he finished 10th.
- While trying to move through the weekly racing series ranks, Edwards had business cards made up touting his skills and would pass them out to prospective owners in need of a driver.
- Even though his spare time is limited, Edwards has dabbled in acting, having made cameo appearances in such television shows as ‘24’ and ‘The Bill Engvall Show.’ In addition, he’s served as co-host on the popular morning show Live with Kelly and Michael, in addition to appearing multiple times on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
DID YOU KNOW?
Edwards became the first driver in NASCAR history to win his first Sprint Cup and Nationwide races in the same weekend when he swept both events at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March 2005.