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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 finished sixth in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, which completed a sweep of the top 10 on short track for the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team. His previous worst finish on this track type was another sixth at Martinsville Speedway.
Edwards was considered one of the favorites in pre-race coverage, but he was only able to lead 35 laps. He failed to live up to expectations, but was still a good value when he fit the appropriate niche o one’s roster. Aug 21 - 9:33 PM

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Carl Edwards posted a lap of 131.407 mph to win the pole for Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is his 21st career pole and his fourth on this track.

Edwards swept the pole at Bristol this year. In spring, he won the Food City 500 from the pole and in his two previous top starts he finished first in 2008 and second in 2011. Edwards has to be considered a favorite to win his third consecutive short track race.
Aug 19 - 6:42 PM

Carl Edwards has won the past two short track races. He claimed the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway from a fourth-place qualification effort and won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway from the pole.

Add in a sixth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway in April and Edwards has been perfect on short tracks in 2016. He has lost a little momentum in recent weeks, but should be able to regain it and at least finish among the top 10. That makes him a solid value if he fits a niche on one’s fantasy roster.
Aug 15 - 8:31 PM

Carl Edwards has the fifth-best average finish of 2016 with a 12.14. His average start is a 7.05, which means he costs fantasy owners place-differential points more often than not.

Still, Edwards has finished better than he started eight times and exactly where he started twice—first from the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway this spring and second from second at Phoenix International Raceway—so the balance is fairly even. Unfortunately, he has finished better than he started only once since the June Sonoma Raceway event.
Aug 14 - 3:31 PM

Carl Edwards posted a lap of 126.562 mph in the second session of qualification for the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen and will lead the field to green on Sunday. This is his second career pole at the track. His other top performance came in 2010 en route to a fifth-place finish.

Edwards has started 15th or 16th in the past three races on this track, but those modest starts did not hurt much. He enters Sunday with a three-race, top-10 streak and should be considered a favorite this week. He will lead quite a few laps at the beginning of the race. This completes a sweep of the pole on road courses in 2016; Edwards finished fourth this June at Sonoma after leading the field to green.
Aug 6 - 1:19 PM

Carl Edwards finished eighth in the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. This was only his second top-10 since the series rolled out of Sonoma Raceway six weeks ago.

In the six races prior to Sonoma, Edwards had four results outside the top 10 compared to two inside that mark. He needs to show more consistency before fantasy owners want to place-and-hold the No. 19.
Aug 1 - 7:15 PM

Carl Edwards has gotten progressively stronger in the past three Pocono Raceway events. He was 15th in his first start there with Joe Gibbs Racing last year, 10th in the summer race, and eighth this spring.

Edwards is more than capable of scoring a top-five on any track and should be watched closely during the Pennsylvania 400 weekend because he has been fairly erratic in recent races. Strong runs have been punctuated by mistakes, bad luck, and slightly missed setups so he should only be considered when he is rightly priced and fits the appropriate niche on one’s roster.
Jul 28 - 12:05 PM

Battling for a top-five position late in the race, Carl Edwards’ Toyota got tight entering turn one. He pushed up the track, clipped Ryan Newman, and crashed hard. Edwards was unable to continue and finished 35th after starting on the outside pole.

This was the second time in two weeks the two drivers got together late in the going. At New Hampshire Motor Speedway last week, the incident seemed to be triggered by Newman; this time it was Edwards’ fault, but the damage to their relationship on the track will begin to take a toll.
Jul 24 - 8:57 PM

Carl Edwards not only posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session for the New Hampshire 301, he had the quickest 10-lap average with a 130.452 mph speed during laps 11 through 20.

Races are won with a combination of fast speeds on restarts and duration. Edwards should easily finish among the top five, which is going to earn major points for his result as well as place-differential.
Jul 16 - 1:41 PM

Carl Edwards posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session for the New Hampshire 301 with a speed of 131.456 mph.

This is reinforced by the fact that Edwards had the second-fastest time in the first session of the week on Friday with a speed of 133.380 mph. His mistimed his lap in qualification and rolls off the grid outside the top 12 in 13th, but he should still be a great value.
Jul 16 - 11:06 AM

Carl Edwards was bumped from the top-12 in the final moments of the second round of qualification. His lap of 132.822 mph was 0.001 seconds slower than Martin Truex Jr.

Edwards won both poles last year at New Hampshire and was expected to qualify better. In the long run, this will benefit his fantasy owners because he will score positive place-differential points.
Jul 15 - 5:32 PM

Carl Edwards posted the quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the New Hampshire 301 with a speed of 129.051 mph during his first 10 laps on track.

Edwards also had the second-fastest lap of the session, although it came later in practice. His fastest lap of 133.380 was set on his 22nd of 25 circuits. Edwards has improved dramatically on short, flat track in the past several years and is one of this week’s favorites.
Jul 15 - 2:38 PM

Carl Edwards went into fuel conservation mode earlier than Brad Keselowski, but he may have pushed the button just a little too late. He caught the No. 2 with two laps remaining, but watched as his competition picked up fuel on the white flag and settled for second in the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway.

Edwards has been great with the new low-down force package, but he had to bring something extra this week with the fuel mileage play. The NASCAR Cup series is made up of a balance of strategy and speed.
Jul 9 - 11:11 PM

Carl Edwards posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway with a circuit of 187.448 mph, backing up his fastest times on Thursday and earlier Friday.

Edwards is consistently fast with the new loser aero packages. He should be considered one of the top picks this week.
Jul 8 - 7:39 PM

Carl Edwards posted the fastest single lap of practice on Friday afternoon with a speed of 188.633 mph.

Edwards was also fastest in Thursday’s practice, which gives him consistency as well as speed. Edwards should be seriously considered as one of this week’s anchors.
Jul 8 - 4:46 PM