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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 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

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If recent seasons are an indicator, Carl Edwards is more likely to finish in the 30s this week at Talladega SuperSpeedway than in the top 10.

Dating back to 2012, five of Edwards’ last nine attempts on this track have ended in the 30s. Two were top-fives and his average in that span was 22.3. Last year he experienced both the high and low with a 32nd in May and a fifth in October. Currently fourth in the points, Edwards really only needs an incident free race, so look for him to be a little conservative.
Oct 21 - 11:28 AM

Carl Edwards finished second in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway after getting beat on a late-race restart by Kevin Harvick.

Edwards took the high line on a restart with 30 laps remaining, but he could not keep his momentum when a push from Jimmie Johnson shoved the No. 4 ahead of him into turn 1. Edwards had the fastest car in the closing laps, but his deficit was too great to catch Harvick.
Oct 16 - 5:52 PM

Carl Edwards qualified third for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway to round out a sweep of the top three by Joe Gibbs Racing

Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch line up on the front row and have a sizeable advantage over the field. Edwards was .157 seconds slower with outside second-row sitter Martin Truex Jr .034 seconds behind him. The race has a way of equalizing matters, however.
Oct 14 - 8:34 PM

Carl Edwards sustained damage in the lap-260 accident that marred several drivers’ efforts, but he was able to stay on the lead lap and salvaged a 12th-place finish in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Edwards was one of the drivers expected to have trouble advancing to the next round of the Chase, but this top-15 places him well ahead of the five drivers who experienced trouble on Sunday. There is still a lot of racing that needs to be completed before the checkers wave over Talladega SuperSpeedway, however.
Oct 9 - 8:17 PM

Carl Edwards scored 12 top-15 finishes in his last 15 similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track attempts.

That statistic is great on its face, but when one looks a little deeper they will note that two of his sub-15th-place results came this year with an 18th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and an 18th at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has only two top-10s in his last six starts on this track type and cannot be considered a favorite to score another in the Bank of America 500.
Oct 5 - 10:34 AM

Carl Edwards finished the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway 14th. He ended the round ninth in the standings, but will have a share of the lead when the points reset next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Edwards simply has not looked very strong in recent weeks. He swept the top 15 in the first round, but has not earned a top-five since Kentucky Speedway. That track is one of the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks courses, however, and Joe Gibbs Racing power should give him a slight advantage this week.
Oct 2 - 9:55 PM

Carl Edwards has failed to finish in the top 10 in his last eight attempts at Dover International Speedway.

He came close on one occasion in 2014 driving for Roush-Fenway Racing. His 11th in that race did little to raise his average, however, which is 19.4 since 2013. His latest success at Dover came in fall 2012 when he finished fifth, so he needs to be a little nervous this week. Fortunately, he showed speed in the first practice session of the week at second-best.
Sep 30 - 7:28 PM

Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth posted the second- and third-fastest time in the first practice session for the Citizen Soldier 400, and along with Kyle Larson bettered the current qualification record speed.

Edwards’ top speed was 165.122 mph; Kenseth posted a lap of 164.775 mph. Brad Keselowski holds the current record set in June 2014 with a lap of 164.444 mph. Chasers have dominated the speed chart in the first two races of the playoffs and are doing so once again. The top-14 in points is where this week’s fantasy favorites will come from.
Sep 30 - 11:57 AM

Carl Edwards received a penalty for a commitment line infraction late in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire with about 35 laps remaining. He overcame the penalty to finish sixth.

Edwards restarted 20th on lap 268 of 300. He got the benefit of two more cautions in the final 15 laps that allowed him to close up on the leaders. He ended the day 10th in the standings with a 16-point cushion over the bubble. Several drivers are within a few points of one another in the range and that is going to make for some interesting scenarios in Dover.
Sep 25 - 7:34 PM

Carl Edwards scored his third New Hampshire Motor Speedway pole in the last four races on this track. His top speed of 135.453 mph was 0.050 seconds faster than Martin Truex Jr.

Starting up front had been important to Edwards. He swept the pole last year before finishing seventh in the summer and fifth in the spring. This summer he started 13th and sustained crash damage during the race to finish 20th. Watch Edwards in practice on Saturday and consider starting him.
Sep 23 - 5:46 PM

Carl Edwards struggled through two races at Darlington Raceway and Richmond International Raceway, but he finally climbed back into the top 15 at Chicagoland Speedway in time for the Chase to begin.

Unfortunately, he finished only 15th, which earned only 26 points for his Chase total. He avoided the bottom four in terms of Chasers’ finishes and is currently ninth in the standings, but only six points ahead of 15th in the standings. Edwards attempted a fairly risky move of staying out on old tires during a green-white-checkered finish. He dropped from third to 15th in those final laps, which was four positions worse than he was running before the final caution.
Sep 19 - 4:05 PM

Carl Edwards was involved in the lap-364 incident triggered by Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman. He was behind the battling former teammates and got pinched to the inside, breaking his suspension in the process.

Edwards finished 32nd. This is his second sub-15th-place result in the past two weeks and his fifth result of 15th or worse in the past eight weeks. He is seeded fifth in the Chase rankings and needs to reverse his momentum.
Sep 11 - 1:21 PM

Carl Edwards was the first driver who failed to advance to the final round of qualification for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. His lap of 122.272 mph will line up 13th.

The last time Edwards started outside the top 12 he finished there as well. He qualified 18th at Richmond last spring and finished 19th.
Sep 9 - 6:42 PM

Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top-five spots in final practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway with their four drivers leading the session and affiliate Martin Truex Jr. posting the fifth-best time. Carl Edwards had the best 10-lap average of 116.652 mph, Matt Kenseth was 116.607, Denny Hamlin 116.580, Kyle Busch 116.575, and Truex 116.514.

The lesson is pretty clear. The Gibb’s guys are going to dominate most of the Richmond race and are likely to fail to sweep the top 10 only if they sustain damage of make a mistake in the pits.
Sep 9 - 1:45 PM