Carl Edwards 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
With Jimmy Fennig as his new crew chief for 2013, Carl Edwards appeared ready to regain the contending role he recently had seen in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. At the season’s second race, the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix, Edwards ended a 70-race winless drought dating to 2011. By the time the spring’s Toyota Owners 400 race at Richmond was over he was firmly in second place in the series points standings. Edwards returned to Richmond in September, closing out the regular season by winning the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond – his second and final victory of 2013. Edwards’ title hopes were effectively ended by the rear-end issue that relegated the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford to a 35th-place finish at Dover International Speedway. Edwards started from the pole in the AAA Texas 500 but engine failure put him out of championship contention for good.
In 2012, Edwards faced adversity like he’d never seen in recent times. He finished a career-worst 15th in the standings – one year after Edwards’ career best in which he lost the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title to Tony Stewart on a tiebreaker that was decided by the most wins. The Columbia, Mo., native also was the series’ runner-up finisher in 2008, notching nine victories. He’s won 21 times overall, and is a graduate of Jack Roush’s ladder system. He won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in 2005 and its championship in 2007. Edwards, who competed in United States Auto Club Silver Crown and sprint cars before catching Roush’s eye, won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2003 and finished fourth in the following season’s final standings.
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Car: No. 99 Fastenal / Subway / Aflac / Kellogg’s / UPS Ford Fusion
Birthdate: August 15, 1979
Hometown: Columbia, Mo.
Team Owner: Jack Roush, John Henry
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig