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The Moments That Made Carl Edwards a Hall of Famer

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Carl Edwards has officially been elected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and what a career it was that took him there. While many focus on Edwards’ excruciating near-misses, his mountaintop highs highlight his Hall of Fame resume. These are the moments that made Edwards a Hall of Famer.

  • Carl Edwards competed in NASCAR from 2002 until 2016, including full-time in the Cup Series from 2005 until 2016. He won 28 career races in the Cup Series, with six top-5 points finishes and a best finish of second in 2008 and 2011.
  • Edwards also had immense success in the lower series. He won 38 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, competing full-time from 2005 until 2011. He won the Series Championship in 2007, his only NASCAR National Touring Series Championship.
  • Fans still love Carl Edwards to this day. They’ve viewed him as a future Hall of Famer for a long time, and now, he is about to become an officially enshrined Hall of Famer.

5. Fuel Mileage Gamble: 2008 Dickies 500 at Texas

Carl Edwards’ best statistical season came in 2008, with a career-high in wins, top fives, and top tens. Perhaps his most impressive performance came that fall in 2008 at Texas. He led 212 laps, which was, by percentage of laps led, the most dominant performance of Edwards’ career. He got even more style points by how the race ended.

He pitted under the final caution with 69 laps to go, and the race went back green. As Edwards held a big lead, he slowed down enough to save enough fuel to win the race. An impressive performance all around, which highlighted his incredible 2008 season.

4. Carl Edwards vs Kyle Busch: 2008 Night Race at Bristol

Carl Edwards may have had that happy, Midwestern, “Aw shucks” attitude out of the race car, but that didn’t make him any less intense of a competitor. At Bristol in the summer of 2008, Kyle Busch led 415 consecutive laps, before Carl Edwards got to Busch’s bumper late. Edwards scooted on by to take the lead.

Busch expressed his displeasure by slamming Edwards’ door on the cool-down lap. Edwards responded by spinning Busch, demonstrating that he would not back down. As intense a competitor as Edwards was, nothing showcased it quite like this race.

3. Edwards Makes the Championship 4: 2016 AAA Texas 500

Edwards’ 2015 Playoff run ended thanks to a rain-shortened event at Phoenix Raceway. In that regard, it seemed only appropriate that Mother Nature give Edwards a break in 2016. After a long rain delay pushed the start of the race to nighttime, Edwards took the lead under the caution flag with less than 100 laps to go and rain on the way.

He held off the dominant car of the day, Joey Logano when the rain came with 44 laps to go. The race never restarted, and Edwards took home the win and a Championship 4 appearance. All thanks to the very forces of nature that hindered him the year prior.

2. A Champion: 2007 NASCAR Xfinity Series Season

While Carl Edwards never won a Cup Series Championship, he found himself on top in the Xfinity Series in 2007. Sure, he was full-time in the Cup Series at this time, but any Championship in any NASCAR National Touring Series is an incredible accomplishment.

From 2005 until 2012, Edwards won 38 Xfinity Series races, fifth on the Series all-time wins list. In an era when Cup Series drivers were competing in the series week after week, Edwards was able to get the best of them. Sure, it’s not quite as impressive as a high Cup resume, but it’s worth discussing.

1. “NASCAR’s Newest Star”: 2005 Atlanta Weekend

No one burst onto the NASCAR scene quite like Carl Edwards. He won his first Xfinity Series race, fighting off late charges from Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, and Tony Stewart. That was incredible, but, the next day was even better.

Edwards went toe to toe with Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps of the Cup Series race at Atlanta. Edwards squeezed around the outside of Johnson in the final turn on the final lap and took home the win by half a car length. Edwards finished both races with a trademark celebration, a backflip.

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