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Carl Edwards

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-19
Age / DOB:  (37) / 8/15/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'1 / 185

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Carl Edwards scored the eighth-best average finish of the 2016 season with a 13.86.
Those results were mostly front-loaded with eight top-10s in the first nine weeks that included two victories. Once his position in the Chase was firmly established, he struggled through the rest of the regular season and well into the Chase until a victory at Texas Motor Speedway put him back on the right track. Another strong run at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the final almost won the championship. Dec 1 - 3:24 PM

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Carl Edwards attempted to block an aggressive pass by Joey Logano with 10 laps remaining and wrecked in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He finished 34th.

Edwards was the most dominant Chase driver. He was capable of running down the other Chasers and would probably have cruised to a second-place finish and the championship without a late-race caution that was brought out by Dylan Lupton cutting a tire and the debris. Edwards finished fourth in the standings.
Nov 20 - 7:31 PM

Carl Edwards posted the quickest 10-lap average Saturday morning with a speed of 169.062 mph during his first 10 laps on track.

If there is a long run in the race and the other Chase contenders do not catch up in Happy Hour, that is a significant advantage at the moment. The next quickest Chaser is Kyle Busch who has the 10th-best average of 166.789. Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano did not make long runs in this session.
Nov 19 - 11:15 AM

Carl Edwards qualified 10th for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a lap of 175.615 mph.

As the field was readying for the final round, fellow Chaser Jimmie Johnson leaned into his window to chat amiably—and maybe share his line around the track. Edwards might have taken his advice because Johnson qualified two rows back in 14th.
Nov 18 - 7:39 PM

Carl Edwards has failed to crack the top 10 in his last four attempts at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Edwards has come close with an 11th and two 12th-place finishes, but much more will be needed if he wants to challenge for the championship. Prior to this disappointing streak, he won in 2008 and 2010. He also had a second-place finish in 2011 after starting from the pole, but in Modern Day NASCAR that is ancient history.
Nov 16 - 10:40 PM

Carl Edwards had the slowest speed among Chase contenders in the second practice session for the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 134.459 mph.

That put Edwards 20th on the chart and his overall record on this track has not been good enough to recommend him. He did finish second in the spring, however, and could hold a few surprises.
Nov 12 - 4:08 PM

After failing inspection for a third time at Texas Motor Speedway last week, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, and Martin Truex Jr. will miss 15 minutes of practice time at Phoenix International Raceway.

Edwards is already locked into the finale for the Chase Championship. Tony Stewart and Martin Truex Jr. are not in Chase contention, so this penalty will hurt Harvick the most. With five victories in his last six races on this track, he is probably not overly concerned about his baseline setup, however.
Nov 10 - 9:54 AM

Carl Edwards has only three top-10s in his last nine Phoenix International Raceway attempts, but he almost always completes all the laps.

In 24 career starts, Edwards has failed to finish on the lead lap only three times; one of these was because of an engine failure in 2007. He has gone the full distance in his last 10 attempts, including once in 2013 when he ran out of gas on the final lap.
Nov 10 - 9:44 AM

Carl Edwards won the rain-shortened AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and clinched his position in the Chase finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Edwards was practically in a must-win situation after having a tire problem last week at Martinsville Speedway. The race will go down a rain-shortened, but Edwards was racing among the top five all afternoon. Last year Edwards was eliminated from Chase contention last year when rain shortened the Phoenix International Raceway event.
Nov 6 - 11:18 PM

Carl Edwards had the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 183.137 mph during his first 10 laps on the track.

Edwards gave up a lot in short run speed, however. He posted only the 22nd fastest lap during Saturday morning’s sessions. He qualified ninth, but could fade relatively quickly unless he finds some speed in Happy Hour. In a see saw affair, he is liable to finish on the cusp of 10th.
Nov 5 - 11:55 AM

Carl Edwards and Joey Logano posted single fast laps that put them in the top four in Friday’s practice for the AAA Texas 500.

Edwards is eighth in the points and must win in order to advance. Logano is only four points behind the bubble and needs to finish ahead of the other Joe Gibbs Racers in order to get into Chase contention. While 500 miles is a long race, it pays to roll off the hauler with speed because it can be difficult to find during a weekend.
Nov 4 - 2:10 PM

Carl Edwards has been uneven on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks in the past six races with two runner-up finishes and no other top-10s.

Edwards’ finished second at Kentucky Speedway and also at Kansas Speedway this fall. He narrowly missed the top 10 at Kansas in the spring and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October, but he has a pair of result in the mid-teens as well and that is not a good value at his level.
Nov 3 - 5:31 PM

Crash damage to his suspension sent Carl Edwards home 32nd at Richmond International Raceway this September, which snapped a four-race top-10 streak on short tracks.

Two of Edwards’ top-10s were victories. He won the Food City 500 from the pole and Toyota Owners 400 from fourth. Edwards also won the pole in August’s Bristol race. Equally notable, the accident at Richmond ended an eight-race streak of races in which he was running at the end.
Oct 25 - 10:51 AM

Carl Edwards finished 29th in the Hellmann's 500 and ended the Talladega SuperSpeedway race four points ahead of the bubble.

Edwards will advance to the third round of the Chase, but it was not a proposition without some degree of risk. Depending on which Chase contending driver won, the bubble moved and the Joe Gibbs Racing troika of Edwards, Matt Kenseth, and Kyle Busch ran the risk of losing contact with the lead pack severely enough to lose a lap. If Edwards wants to advance to the final round, he is going to need a better average finish than the 13th he has recorded so far in the 2016 Chase.
Oct 24 - 5:18 PM

Carl Edwards has been chasing a phantom vibration on his No. 19 Toyota in practice for the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway.

The vibration occurs at speed. The team has changed multiple components of the drive train without success. Edwards’ recent record on plate tracks has been spotty and he is not a highly recommended driver this week.
Oct 21 - 4:51 PM