NASCAR’s Top 12


Finishing the 2008 Season in second place is Roush Fenway Racing’s #99 Carl Edwards. Carl was the only driver who really gave #48 Jimmy Johnson a run for The Chase for the Sprint Cup. Carl ended the season 69 points behind Series Champion Jimmy Johnson. Heading into the last race at the Miami-Homestead track, Carl was the only driver that had a chance to beat Jimmy. Carl also finished second in points in the NASCAR Nationwide Series behind Champion Clint Bowyer.

Carl is good at the 1.5 mile tracks. He won at Las Vegas, Atlanta and twice at Texas. (After the race at Las Vegas, he was penalized 100 points, his crew chief was suspended and his win didn’t get five points for the Chase, because of a rules violation.) Carl also won at the 2 mile tracks of Auto Club Speedway in California and Michigan. And he won at he 2.5 mile track  at Pocono. He also won at the .533 mile track at Bristol. He does his signature flip after winning a race.

Carl came into the Chase second in points with six wins, five of which counted. He went on to win at Atlanta, Texas and Homestead in the Chase. Carl had top fours in eight of the ten Chase races. However, at Talladega he took out team mates in a crash and finished 29th. And at Lowes he had a parts failure that left him finishing in 33rd place.

Carl finished third in points in his first Chase in 2005. Actually, tied for second. But he missed the Chase in 2006. In 2007 he finished in ninth. In the end, he had to hope that Jimmy stumbled so he could win the Championship. And, of course, Jimmy didn’t stumble. Look for him in 2009. He had 27 top ten finishes and 19 top fives.

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