Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards


8/15/1979, Columbia, Missouri

Birth Name

Carl Michael Edwards II



Also Known As

Flipper, Cousin Carl, Concrete Carl
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Born in Columbia, Missouri, Carl Edwards is no stranger to the world of racing. He grew up watching his father Carl Sr., race stock cars and midget sprint cars. Carl's own racing career started at the age of 13 in 1993, when he started to race four-cylinder mini-sprints.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Carl won the Napa Auto Parts 200 Nationwide Race in Montreal, Canada on August 30, 2009 in the rain by making a last lap, last turn pass of Marcus Ambrose and gave Jack Roush his first win on a road course in the Nationwide series.

    • Carl is in a terrible wreck at Talledega on April 26th, 2009 and is able to walk away from the crash. In fact, he actually waves off the ambulance and crosses the finish line on foot.

    • Carl's car owner is Jack Roush.

    • Carl's main sponsor for his Sprint Cup car for the 2009 season will be AFLAC Insurance.

    • Carl is the the driver voted most likely to win the 2009 Sprint Cup championship even though most of the time the previous winner (Jimmy Johnson, 2008 champ) is usually the pick.

    • Carl earned the nickname "Concrete Carl" because of his dominance on the concrete oval tracks.

    • Save-A-Lot will be sponsoring Carl's #60 Ford Fusion in the Nationwide series for the 2nd year in a row in 2009.

    • Edwards said that Pierre "PK" Kuettel, his car chief in 2005 for Edwards' previous best Cup season, would return to that role the 2009 season.

    • Carl married his hometown sweetheart, Kate Downey, on Jan. 3rd, 2009.

    • After his win in Milwaukee on June 21, 2008 in the Nationwide Series in 2008, Edwards opted out of his typical backflip. NHRA racer Scott Kalitta was killed earlier that day and Edwards felt his backflip was inappropriate.

    • Carl got his inspiration for his patented backflip off the car window after a win from sprint car driver Tyler Walker.

    • Carl has been promoting a record label, Back40 Records, that he formed with a high school buddy in Columbia, MO.

    • Carl won the 2007 NEXTEL Prelude to the Dream at the Eldora Speedway on June 6, 2007. This is a charity dirt race put on by none other than Tony Stewart.

    • Some of Carl's part-time sponsors in the 2008 Nationwide Series were Dish Network, Scott's Miracle Gro, Citigroup, Vitamin Water, and World Financial Group.

    • Carl's last ditch attempted pass of Jimmy Johnson at the Camping World RV 400 on Sept. 28th at Kansas Speedway made the top five highlights for the 2009 season. Carl pulled off the pass going into turn 3 but hit the wall and a surprised Johnson passed back by to win the race.

    • Carl will be the only full-time Roush-Fenway driver in the Nationwide series in 2009. The other Roush-Fenway drivers will share time in the other cars.

    • Carl is passionate about working with charities such as Dream Factory and Victory Junction Gang Camp.

    • Carl began racing at the age of 13.

    • Carl enjoys riding motorcycles, reading, and working out.

    • Carl got introduced to Jack Roush because someone gave Jack one of Carl's business cards.

    • Carl's teammates with the Roush-Fenway Racing team for the 2009 season are going to be Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, and David Ragan.

    • Carl's main sponsor for the Nationwide Series for 2008 was Save-A-Lot.

    • Carl's new Nationwide Series crew chief for the #60 Ford Fusion for the 2009 season will be Dan Stillman.

    • Carl was originally supposed to replace Mark Martin in the #6 Ford Fusion when Mark retired, but Jeff Burton's early departure from the organization moved Carl into the #99 Ford Fusion to replace Jeff.

    • Carl won the Bush (this was the last year it was the Bush Series. It's now the Nationwide Series) Championship in the 2007 season. He had 4 wins, 15 top-fives, and 21 top-tens.

    • Carl finished 2nd in the 2006 Bush (now Nationwide) Series. He had 4 wins, 15 top-fives, and 25 top-tens.

    • Carl finished 3rd in his first full season in the 2005 Bush (now Nationwide) Series. He had 5 wins, 15 top-fives, and 21 top-tens.

    • Carl finished 9th in the 2007 Sprint Cup season. He had 1 pole, 3 wins, 11 top-fives, and 15 top-tens.

    • Carl finished 12th in the 2006 Sprint Cup season. He had 10 top-fives and 20 top-tens.

    • Carl finished out the last 13 races of the 2004 Nextel (now Sprint) Cup season replacing Jeff Burton in the #99 Ford Fusion and had 1 top-five and 5 top-tens.

    • Carl finished 8th in his first full season in the Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck series in 2003. He had 3 wins, 13 top fives, and 17 top tens.

    • Carl Edwards was awarded the inaugural TAG Heuer Racing Award in London. He received the award given by the Swiss timepiece company as a determination of the best racing driver in 2008 based on the statistical analysis of weekly results by an eight-person panel that compared more than 150 drivers from Formula One, GP2, NASCAR and the World Rally Championship.

    • Carl won 7 times in the Nationwide series in 2008 plus he had 19 top-fives and 22 top-tens. All this gave him an average finish of 9.5 in the series for that year.

    • Carl won Driver of the Year for 2008 from

    • Carl was second (by only 21 points) in the Nationwide 2008 Series and almost won his second title in a row in that series. He won three out of the last four races to try and win the championship but fell just short.

    • Carl's average finish of 9.5 was the best in the Nationwide Series for 2008, but he still came up just short and finished second in the standings.

    • Carl runs out of gas just as he passes the finish line to win the race at the Sprint Cup race at Homestead, FL on November 16, 2008 to score his ninth victory of the year.

    • Carl won 9 races and finished second in the Sprint Cup 2008 season. He also had a series leading 19 top-5's and 27 top-ten's. This was his best season to date.

    • Carl's margin of victory at the Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2008 is the widest margin in the history of the track. His margin of victory was 8.31 seconds.

    • Carl became the first Sprint Cup driver to win both races at Texas Motor Speedway (April 6th and November 2nd) in one year in 2008.

    • Carl has been a licensed pilot since he was seventeen years old.

    • Carl Edwards got the job to drive the #99 F-150 in the Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck series because Kyle Bush, who was driving the truck at the time in 2002, left Roush Racing to join Hendrick Motorsports.

    • Carl is the only driver to win his first Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 19th and 20th 2005.

    • Carl wins the first Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway under the lights on November 6th 2005.

    • Carl signed a three year extension on his contract with Roush-Fenway Racing to stay with them until at least 2011.

    • AFLAC Insurance will be the primary Sprint Cup sponsor for Carl Edwards' #99 Ford Fusion in 2009.

    • Carl become only the second person to win a race at the tri-oval in Pocono, PA on his first visit to the track when he won the Nextel (now Sprint) Cup race on June 12th, 2005. The only other driver to do that was Richard Petty.

    • In the first ten years of his racing career, Carl racked up two NASCAR sanctioned championships, three Rookie-Of-The-Year honors, and seventy-five feature wins on both dirt and pavement tracks.

    • Carl Edwards wins the Sharpie 500 Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2008.

    • Carl will be the new spokesman for Subway Restaurants in 2009.

    • Carl was named the "fittest man in NASCAR" by Men's Fitness magazine in 2007.

    • Carl wins the 3M Performance 400 Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway on August 17th, 2008 and becomes only the second driver to sweep both races (Nationwide and Sprint Cup).

    • Carl Edwards won the Nationwide race (The Carfax 250) at Michigan International Raceway on August 16th, 2008 to give Jack Roush his first Nationwide win there.

    • Carl finished sixth in the first NASCAR race in which they used rain tires and ran a race in the rain. It was the Nationwide race in Montreal, Canada on August 2nd, 2008.

    • Carl wins the Sunco Red Cross 500 Sprint Cup race in Pocono, PA on August 3rd, 2008

    • Carl's motor coach driver and good friend, Tom Giacchi finally shaved his beard after Carl won the Michigan race in June 2007. He had made a bet 52 races before saying he wouldn't shave until Carl won another race.

    • Carl was a student at University of Missouri.

    • Carl finished 10th in his first Nextel (now Sprint) Cup race at Michigan on August 22nd 2004 becoming only the fifth of the active drivers to finish in the top ten in his first race.

    • Carl wins the Goody's Cool Orange 500 Sprint Cup race on March 30th at Martinsville Speedway, in 2008.

    • Carl wins the rain-delayed Auto Club 500 Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 25th, in 2008.

    • He gives aways his trophies to the less fortunate he believes the trophies would mean even more to than himself.

    • He is a first cousin once removed of fellow Cup driver, Ken Schrader.

    • Carl has two different nicknames, "Cousin Carl" and "Flipper". Larry McReynolds nicknamed him "Cousin Carl" as a result of his good-natured personality and "Flipper" is because of his back-flips.

    • He used to work as a substitute teacher.

    • He has dated Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Amanda Beard.

    • Carl's first Sprint Cup win of the 2007 season came at the June 17, 2007 Citizen's Bank 400.

    • In the 2006 NASCAR Nextel (now Sprint) Cup season, Carl had 10 top 5 and 20 top 10 race finishes.

    • Carl's car sponsor in the NASCAR Nationwide Series is Save-a-Lot.

    • In the NASCAR Nextel (now Sprint) Cup, Carl's car sponsor was Office Depot up until 2008.

    • For most of the 2006 race season Carl's Nextel (now Sprint) Cup crew chief was Wally Brown, but Bob Osborne became his crew chief again on Nov. 10, 2006.

    • Carl first started racing for Jack Roush in 2003 in the NASCAR Craftman (now Camping World) Truck Series.

    • At the 2006 Busch Silver Celebration 250 July 29th, Carl won his 4th NASCAR Busch (now Nationwide) Series race of the season.

    • At the 2006 New England 200 on July 15th, Carl won his 3rd NASCAR Busch (now Nationwide) Series race of the season.

    • At the June 10, 2006 Federated Auto Parts 300 race, Carl won his second NASCAR Busch (now Nationwide) Series race of the season.

    • At the May 27, 2006 Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Carl won his first Busch (now Nationwide) Series race of the season.

    • Carl's astrological sign is Leo.

    • In the 2005 NASCAR Nextel (now Sprint) Cup racing season, Carl finished 3rd in points behind Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle. He had 2 poles, 4 wins, 13 top-fives, and 18 top-tens.

    • In the NASCAR Nationwide series, Carl drives the #60 Ford Fusion for Roush-Fenway Racing.

    • Carl drives the #99 Ford Fusion for Roush-Fenway Racing.

    • He was the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck Series Rookie of the Year.

    • Carl was the 2005 NASCAR Busch (now Nationwide) Series Rookie of the Year.

    • Carl's trademark move is doing backflips out of his car on the start/finish line after winning a race.

    • Carl is a full time NASCAR driver in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series.

  • Quotes

    • Carl: (Talking about beating Micheal Schumacher at the Race of Champions in London, England) [Beating Schumacher] meant a lot to me. I don't know if it should or not, but it did. I was not necessarily a Michael Schumacher fan because I didn't watch a lot of Formula One when he was racing, but my trainer, Dean -- who was with me -- is a huge Michael Schumacher fan so I hear a lot about him.
      When they told me I was going, they said they'd do their best to get me in a race with Schumacher, and Dean was so excited it got me excited. We got through our first races and I thought 'here's my chance -- I get to see where I really stack up.' The neatest part, that I'll never forget, is when we rolled out from under the grandstands, to where you are before you get on the track. I was going back and forth really hard, warming up my tires, and I could see Michael look in his mirror and he started going back and forth, doing burnouts as we warmed up our tires and brakes.I didn't give him a lot of room -- I kind of forced him to have less room, so we're back there playing mind games with each other. We both wanted to win pretty badly. Then we got out there and got to racing and just to be able to beat him -- I don't know if he missed a shift and he didn't get as much practice in that car as I did. But just to see how excited Dean was, was cool.

    • Carl: (Talking about his strong finish by winning the last race of the season in the Nationwide Series by beating Kyle Bush but missing the title by 21 points behind Clint Bowyer) That's a great win, to hold off the 18 [Busch], as strong as he's been all season. If I've got to get beat by somebody, a dirt racer from Emporia, Kan., [Bowyer's hometown] is one of the best. But we'll be back next year, and I hope Clint will, too. There's no shame in giving 100 percent and finishing second. That's all we could do.

    • Carl: (Talking about one of his main rivals, Kyle Bush, racing full-time in the Nationwide Series in 2009) That'll be fun. ( grinning) Kyle's an unreal competitor and those [Gibbs] guys are good. But I'll tell you what -- I couldn't be more excited.

    • Carl: (Talking about his choice to run the Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup Series) I really enjoy running both series. It's a great thing for me and I don't know what else I'd do on Saturday. I get bored really easily so it's a great thing [because] I get to be around a lot of great people and great drivers and have a chance at a championship.

    • Carl: (Talking about the 2008 season) The only thing about second is it's better than third. That's really all you can say. We all go out here to win, and the feeling of victory and achievement is so huge that second is not [pleasurable]. It's satisfying that we performed so well, but getting second really doesn't mean a lot.

    • Carl: (Talking about the Race of Champions he participated in. The race was held in London, England on 12/14/08 to 12/15/08.) It's amazing, it feels like I've won a championship. I'll never forget that moment as long as I live -- just the chance to be able to race with [Schumacher], and fortunately to be able to beat him.

    • Carl: (Talking about the new car that was run the full schedule for the first time in 2008) This [new] car, there's a smaller window to get it perfect, and I know that it's not always the driver, it's how your crew chief sets the thing up and how you guys relate during practice and things like that, and I think that's just as important as how you drive it. Every racer all around the country -- racing at a local dirt track, wherever -- there's nothing worse than not knowing if it's a guy's car that's beating you or if it's that driver, I think NASCAR has done a good job of making these cars -- putting you in such a tight box that you really feel like you're racing crew chief to crew chief, driver to driver. It's good competition.

    • Carl: Jimmie (Johnson), what he's done, I think not only is good for him, it's good for the sport to have a guy who can do that and have those kinds of results. As much as I can be, I'm happy for him. He's a good guy, he deserves it, We didn't mess up. Jimmie (Johnson) just was perfect. ... By most measures [our year] was great, but we set out this season to win two championships and we came up a little bit short. ... At least we can rest well knowing that we had these guys nervous a little bit at the end.

    • Carl: (Talking about his 2nd place finish in the 2008 standings) Standing there in Victory Lane at Homestead, you look across the racetrack and see those guys celebrating and you say, 'Oh man, that could have been us if we had just done a couple of things differently.' That's motivating.

    • Carl: (Talking about his 2008 season) We all go out here to win, and the feeling of victory and achievement is so huge that second is not [pleasurable]. It's satisfying that we performed so well, but getting second really doesn't mean a lot.

    • Carl: (Talking about his second favorite passion) It's the neatest thing in the world to fly a 60-year-old airplane (A 1946 Piper Cub) in over the trees and land it in the middle of a bean field. I've got a friend who's got a farm near where I live, and we went out and made a landing strip in one of his fields.

    • Carl: (After winning the 3M Performance 400 race Sunday 8/17/08) The key was my crew. We're winning races, we're gearing up for the Chase, and we're feeling stronger than ever. We're here to win a championship. That's what we're here for. The key is keeping Kyle (Bush) from getting those bonus points.

    • Carl: Bonus points are key. Any points you can get, I mean the championship can be won by one point, so bonus points are the deal for us right now.

    • Carl: (After his win at the Autoclub 500 in Fontana, CA) I hope this is a sign of how our season is going to go. If there's one thing that we've learned is that we've got to stay on top of it. We've got to keep working just as hard as we have. There are very minor differences between the cars that are winning these races and the cars that are running fifth or sixth. We've got to just keep on top of it. It's a great way to start and I hope it keeps going like this.

  • Carl Edwards is one of the most talented drivers in the field today.

    Carl is one the most talented drivers in NASCAR. He drives for Jack Roush and has already won several races and a Nationwide championship in his short career in NASCAR racing. He is one of the most popular drivers. Every time he wins, he does his trademark backflip off of the car. He never keeps the trophies he wins and always gives them to a child in need. Carl does show his temper from time to time, but is generally a really great person. He is also one of the most physically fit drivers in NASCAR, along with Mark Martin (a former teammate).moreless