Carl Edwards has been all over the headlines leading up to Saturday nights NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Edwards has had his name in the headline for good reasons this year after a miserable 2012 season that saw him miss the Sprint Chase and fail to find victory lane.
Some attribute the failed 2012 season of Edwards to his narrow loss of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup. This season Edwards was parterened with a new crew chief in Jimmy Fennig. Fennig had most recently served as the crew chief for Matt Kenseth and guided Kurt Busch’s championship season in 2004.
Edwards found victory lane in Phoenix and currently sits in second place, 44 points behind Jimmie Johnson, in the Cup series standings. On Friday Edwards guided his No. 99 car to the pole position for the All-Star race. His Ford Fusion will carry the name of Dick Trickle on above the door for this weekends race.
With Edwards having success one can not help but remember his victory in the 2011 All-Star race. Well, more appropriately, his celebratory burnout that resulted in a wrecked race car.
True to form though Edwards went ahead with his customary back-flip. The race win earned Edwards and his team over $1.2 million so even Jack Roush could not be too mad about it.