Carl Edwards Retires – Three Moments Revisited

Tamhas Woods

NASCAR fans worldwide continue to digest the sudden news of Carl Edwards, who announced his retirement earlier this week. The 2016 finalist enjoyed an excellent final season with Joe Gibbs Racing, even reaching the finale at Homestead. Though he would narrowly lose out to Jimmie Johnson, he leaves his #19 car behind on a high note.

A dozen seasons have produced some spectacular moments for Edwards, which can be enjoyed by generations to come.

And there is only one place to start…

Remember the name Carl Edwards!
20 March 2005 – Atlanta, GA

One month previously, the Auto Club 500 had served as a warning shot to anyone who dared underestimate the rookie known as Carl Edwards. After finishing fifth in Fontana, Edwards had further grown what was already a justified sense of confidence.

Not yet the experienced road master in a heavily sponsored #19 car, Edwards began life with Roush Fenway, in an unsponsored #99 Ford Fusion. Though only in his fourth recognised cup race, Edwards thrived on one of NASCAR’s fastest circuit and emerged victorious.

In the process, he also completed a weekend sweep after winning the Xfinity event a day previously.

Summer of Love
23 August 2008 – Bristol, TN

Locked deep in a NASCAR hotspot, Bristol Motor Speedway is well known for its intimidating atmosphere. In 2008, Roush Fenway wanted badly in comparison to eventual winners Hendrick Motorsport – and their champion Jimmie Johnson.

However, it would be in front of a sell-out crowd that Roush got one over their rivals. After claiming pole position, Edwards never once looked likely to relinquish the lead, and earned another victory lane backflip in style.

So near, yet so far
20 November 2011 – Homestead, FL

Though never crowned champion at the top level, Edwards nearly claimed eternal glory in 2011, but lost to Tony Stewart by virtue of fewer wins. Relive that dramatic finish in the video below!

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