Birthdate: August 15, 1979
Hometown: Columbia, MO
Over the last 13 years, Carl Edwards has had a storied NASCAR career moving his way from the Camping World Truck Series through the Xfinity Series and into NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. Along the way, he has captured two Xfinity Series Championships and placed himself in elite company ranking fourth all-time with 38 Xfinity Series wins.
Edwards starts a new chapter in 2015 joining Joe Gibbs Racing to drive the No. 19 Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series. He brings an impressive resume in NASCAR’s top Series that includes 23 Sprint Cup victories, 108 top-5’s, 187 top-10’s, and 13 poles. He also won the coveted Sprint All-Star race in 2011.
Edwards is considered one of NASCAR’s top drivers and is among the most respected, recognized and strongest competitors. He nearly claimed his first Sprint Cup championship in 2011, tying for first in points, but losing in the tiebreaker based on number of wins. Growing up in Missouri, Edwards began his racing career in 1994 at the age of 15 driving four-cylinder cars and winning four feature races on the tracks around Missouri and Illinois in the four-cylinder series.
In the first 10 years of his career, Carl Edwards accumulated two NASCAR-sanctioned track championships, three Rookie-of-the-Year honors, and over 75 feature wins while racing on both dirt and pavement tracks across the country. The drive and determination that Edwards showed in those 10 years launched him into a successful NASCAR career that continues into 2015.
When he’s not on-track, Edwards enjoys the outdoors, fitness and farming. He is also passionate about his philanthropic activities which include working with Speedway Children’s Charities.