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Thursday, March 02, 2006

The 43 Days of Daytona - 3rd Place in 2005

The Top NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Driver Profiles of 2005.


Carl Edwards
#99 - Office Depot

Flipper had an incredible season in 2005. Considering that it was really his rookie year, even though he couldn't run for rookie of the year because he appeared in too many Cup races in the '04 season.

He ran a full season in the Roush Racing #99 Ford. He recorded 2 poles, 4 wins, 13 Top 5's, and 18 Top 10's. His winnings totaled $4,889,990.

While last year featured a series of co-sponsors, this season Office Depot moves into the primary sponsorship role. Carl has also been added to the Gillette Young Guns campaign.

Friday, February 23rd, Carl is to appear on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Look for it on your local channels as you are coming in from whatever constitutes your Friday night debauchery.

Edwards was the Driver of the Quarter for the Fourth Quarter of 2004. And was in the running for DotY, Tony Stewart eventually won. This is quite an award because it encompasses all of auto racing. The Speed Channel Driver of the Year Award and it's quarterly winners is sponsored by Gillette. There are 18 journalists who vote on the various drivers before whittling the field down to an eventual winner.

After a tough showing at the Daytona 500 this year, where he finished last. And then, we got to California where Carl hangs a third in one of those "with a few more laps, there's not telling what they could have done." This puts him 22nd in points after 2 races. It also puts him in good company. One place ahead of him in 21st with a 5th at Daytona and a 43rd at California is Tony Stewart with bonus points making the difference in his being in front of Carl or behind him.

Will sponsorship be big enough to allow the team to field a car every week? Yes. The sponsorship is solid.

Do I think he could go win a championship? It's a Roush car with a driver in it who knows how to win. Yes, it's possible.

Do I think he could win a race or two and have a good season? Yes, he should win at least two races this season.


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