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Carl Edwards

Team: Driver is between rides
Age / DOB:  (38) / 8/15/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'1 / 185

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A desire to remain mentally sharp and satisfaction with his career were the driving forces behind the decision to retire from racing, Edwards told reporters in a press conference Wednesday morning.
"I’m aware of the risks. I don’t like how it feels to take the hits we take. I’m a sharp guy. Want to be sharp in 30 years. Those risks minimized," Edwards said after acknowledging the progress made in safety by NASCAR. When asked if Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s concussion had anything to do with the decision, he gave a provisional yes. Fantasy racers are losing a huge asset. Jan 11 - 12:05 PM

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Carl Edwards will leave Joe Gibbs Racing to "pursue other interests outside of driving and will not compete in 2017," according to Fox Sports.

Joe Gibbs Racing has not yet commented publicly on the rumor, but immediately set two press conferences for Wednesday. One is expected to announce the extension of Denny Hamlin’s contract and the other will be about Edwards’ retirement and his replacement by Daniel Suarez. Edwards came extremely close to winning the NASCAR Cup championship last year before he tangled with Joey Logano and no one expected this move. It will certainly heat up the Rookie of the Year battle, however, with Suarez proving to be strong competition to Erik Jones and Ty Dillon.
Jan 10 - 10:53 AM

During the past three years, Carl Edwards has recorded 47 top-10s, which puts him 10th on the leaderboard; 23 of these were top-fives and seven were victories.

Bristol Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway account for five top-10s apiece, which make them the track on which he has been most successful. Two of his seven wins in the past three years came at Bristol (in spring 2014 and 2016), with last fall’s Texas triumph locking him into the final round of the Chase.
Jan 8 - 4:03 PM

Texas Motor Speedway will begin repaving its surface January 9th and reduce banking by four degrees in turns one and two, according to a press release by the track.

The impetus for the repave probably has more to do with drainage issues than a strong desire to repave. The capital improvement project gives them a chance to experiment, however. Texas is also implementing a unique approach to re-profiling the corners. They will reduce the banking by four degrees in turns one and two (to 20 degrees), but leave it at 24 degrees on the other end of the track. Turns one and two will be widened by 20 feet, to make the opposite ends of the track distinct and create different passing opportunities. Works is scheduled to be complete by mid-March. Carl Edwards was the most recent winner on the track in November.
Jan 6 - 1:41 PM

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.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 03:24:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 07:31:00 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.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 11:15:00 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.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 07:39:00 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.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 10:40:00 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.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 04:08:00 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.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 09:54:00 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.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 09:44:00 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.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 11:18:00 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.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 11:55:00 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.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 02:10:00 PM