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The above trailer from NASCAR The Game Inside Line did not happen this season. In fact it was not even lose to happening. It serves more as a what if Carl Edwards had of beaten Tony Stewart to the line last year at Homestead.
Edwards did not lose the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Edwards just did not win it. NASCAR’s top division saw two drivers tie, the winner decided on wins. Edwards lost that tiebreaker to Stewart.
While the team has shyed away from talking about it, it is clear that not winning the championship last season has had a huge impact on the No. 99 team.
Edwards nearly won the Sprint Cup Series title last year. This season he was not even a contender. Not for the title, not for the Chase, not even for a race win. A year after nearly winning it all, Edwards had the worst season of his career.
While Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle both found victory lane and made the Chase for Roush Fenway Racing, the driver who was supposed to set forth on a path of excellence has fallen behind. After losing out on the 2010 championship Denny Hamlin fell into a slumber last season. Edwards has taken it to a new level.
Carl Edwards would have been better off staying at home this season then stepping into a Sprint Cup Series car this year. Aside from not winning a race the 33-year-old driver has set career lows in both top-fives and top-tens. Edwards has led only 254 laps this season, he led 903 last season.
There have been few positives to take from the 2012 season for Edwards. He has not scored a top-five in his last six starts, he averaged one every 1.9 starts last season.
Never a strong qualifier, Edwards has not been a strong finisher this year. His 15.7 average finish this season, the worst since his partial season in 2004. Edwards 24 finishes on the lead lap are also a career low.
Had it not been for a one race deal to drive the No. 60 Nationwide Series car at Watkins Glen then Edwards would have been skunked across the board.
Already struggling at mid-season it was then announced that crew chief Bob Osbourne had been diagnosed with a serious medical condition. Osbourne would step away from the team. His place was taken by Chad Norris. If the question was whether Osbourne’s deteriorating health was affecting the No. 99 car the answer was answered early as no. The status of Edwards crew chief next season is hardly a certainty in the fast changing world of auto racing.
It could be argued that this weekend may be a turning point in the career of Edwards. In the last seven races at Homestead Edwards has finished 8th or better. He has won or finished second in three of the last four. That second place finish; will it be the one that forever haunts Edwards?
I am sure Edwards and company would love to return to Homestead and claim a victory in Sunday’s Ford 400 but there has been no evidence all season to suggest that will happen.
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More changes are coming to Roush Fenway Racing in 2013.
The organization announced Wednesday that Jimmy Fennig will be on top of the box for the No. 99 Ford in 2013. It will be Carl Edwards’ third crew chief since the Daytona 500 this year as Bob Osborne took a leave for medical reasons and Chad Norris had to step in starting in July.
Edwards hasn’t won in 68 NASCAR Sprint Cup...
CONCORD, N.C. – Carl Edwards will reach a career milestone on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway making his 300th start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Throughout his 299 starts to date he has achieved 19 wins, 92 top fives, 157 top-10 finishes and 11 poles.
“My first start on pavement was at Phoenix in 2001 so it’s neat to be starting my 300th Sprint Cup Series start...
Roush Fenway Racing is making more changes to its crew chief lineup, moving veteran Jimmy Fennig to work with Carl Edwards next season.
Fennig has been paired with Matt Kenseth, who is leaving at the end of the season.
He'll move to the No. 99 team with Edwards next year. Kenseth's replacement, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., will be paired with crew chief Scott Graves, who has been...
Roush Fenway Racing will have a new look in 2013.
Sources tell FOXSports.com that veteran crew chief Jimmy Fennig will move to the No. 99 team with driver Carl Edwards. Fennig replaces Chad Norris, who filled in after Bob Osborne stepped down in July due to health concerns. Norris is expected to oversee the No. 60 Nationwide Series team.
Fennig most recently guided 2003 Sprint...
With Matt Kenseth’s move to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013, his current crew chief Jimmy Fennig will move over to the No.99 of Carl Edwards in 2013. The 59-year-old Fennig will be [...]
Greg Biffle led the Ford Racing banner by coming home 7th in Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 from the Phoenix International Raceway. Carl Edwards was the next highest Ford, finishing 11th in the race. Below is quotes from those drivers a few others who drive for Ford.
DAVID GILLILAND – No. 38 Loan Mart Ford Fusion – “That was really big, probably the hardest hit I’ve ever had. ...