Edwards looking forward to beating up on young drivers again It took only 104 starts and three years for Columbia, Missouri-native Carl Edwards to claim his first NASCAR championship. In 35 starts, Edwards racked up four wins, 15 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes in 2007, ultimately claiming the grand prize of Busch Series Champion. It was a life-long dream for the 27-year old who looks to repeat in 2008.
As Edwards returns to Daytona for Nationwide Series testing this week, a unique opportunity still exists. The opportunity to be a part of Edwards winning team as the primary sponsor of the No. 60 Ford Fusion for several of 35 races in 2008. With current and long-time sponsor partners Scotts Miracle-Gro and World Financial Group (WFG), the opportunity exists for another company to align with a driver who is arguably the driver to beat in 2008.
"Winning my first NASCAR Championship made 2007 just an unbelievable year," said Edwards. "The series is also taking a giant step with its transition to the Nationwide Series after 26 years with sponsorship from Anheuser-Busch. I like the idea that I will be the last Busch Series Champion and my new personal goal is to be the first Nationwide Series Champion. This will be a very exciting year for the No. 60 team and our sponsor partners. We are going for it all."
Edwards didn't just shine in 2007; he has three full seasons of Nationwide experience behind him, three years that have seen him as a championship contender through and through. Edwards has been running at the end of 97 of 104 (93%) Nationwide Series races over the last three years. He has accrued 13 wins (12.5%), 45 top-five (42%) and 67 top-10 (64%) finishes in addition to claiming seven pole awards. If those stats aren't enough to convince someone that Edwards is a force to be reckoned with, over the last three years he has an average starting position of 10.9 and an average finishing position of 11.8 while leading a total of 1,957 laps. These numbers, with the support of Ford Motor Company and Roush Fenway Racing's resources, will continue to grow in 2008 and the years to come.
Copyright 1999-2013 | AutoRacing1 is an
independent internet online publication and is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed
by IndyCar, NASCAR, FIA, Sprint, or any other series sponsor.
This material may not be published, broadcast, or redistributed without