Season Recap: Carl Edwards

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Carl Edwards addresses the media at Kansas Speedway in October 2015.




By Dominic Aragon
Editor
December 21, 2015
daragon@theracingexperts.net

Carl Edwards’ fifth place finish in points in 2015 was his highest rank in points since 2011.

In his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing, Edwards picked up two victories in the regular season en route to his eighth career Chase berth and third consecutive.

2015 marked the second consecutive season Edwards was eliminated in the Eliminator Round of the Chase.

Edwards’ fifth place finish in points is the fifth time in his career Edwards placed inside the top-five in final points.


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Carl Edwards practices for the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.

OTHER FACTS:
Edwards began the season without a top-ten finish in the first six races of the season.

Edwards ended 2015 with 19 consecutive lead lap finishes.

 

QUOTES FROM THE SEASON

POST-RACE CHARLOTTE I:

“This one feels pretty big to me. I just cannot thank Joe Gibbs and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing enough. Everyone took a big chance. Darian took a chance. All these crew guys came over here and took a chance. Our sponsors took a chance on making this fourth team happen.

“Up to this point in the year, we have just basically done a good job holding it all together and staying focused, but we've not delivered the results that we all planned on.


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Members of Carl Edwards' team push the No. 19 car through the garage area at Phoenix International Raceway in March.

“To get this win and to put ourselves in a position to be in the Chase and to be able to now take a deep breath and step back and work on all the little things that we know we need to work on to be a championship-level team, this is just a huge opportunity.”

 

POST-RACE MICHIGAN II:
“I think it’s pretty clear that the more aerodynamic devices that you put on these cars, the bigger hole they put in the air and the worse it is to drive them and be able to pass.


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Carl Edwards leads Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. during the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in March.


“As long as NASCAR just keeps going the other way, just as long as they go to real low downforce. Not just a lower downforce, but if this is worse and Kentucky is better then let’s just keep going that direction. I really hope we do.

“NASCAR says they’re working on it and they want the best product for the fans and this was something that they tried. It could have worked, but I think it was obvious today that it was pretty tough to pass.”

 

POST-RACE DARLINGTON:
“Well, I feel like my pit crew ought to be sitting up here doing interviews. They won that race for us. It was just amazing to come down third and to go out leading the race.


“Darian, all the guys, nobody gave up tonight. We were two laps down. We fought back hard. It's a huge win for us.

Southern 500, it's obviously one of the most sought-after wins in the world of motorsports.

But tonight we had Bob Stanzione and his family from ARRIS here.”


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Carl Edwards' car on pit road at Pocono Raceway in August.

CHICAGOLAND:
“We fought back. We did a good job. Everybody at JGR is working together. This is cool, an awesome day for everybody — just unbelievable. 


“Denny [Hamlin] hung on tough at the end. I thought I had him. Great race with Kurt [Busch] — that was fun. I don’t think we could be more aggressive there. I just couldn’t clear him. I thought I was going to get him. 

“Thanks to Stanley—all these sponsors—ARRIS, TRD, Toyota, Sport Clips. I spent some time at the track this week that was great. I was having fun—this is great—it’s a good way to start.”



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Carl Edwards' pit crew services his car during the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in October.

POST-RACE CHARLOTTE II:
Just really tough to pass at the end. We did the best we could and I think if I would have got a better restart then there at the end I think we could have been top-three. 


It was an okay day for us, decent points day. We really wanted to win, but I feel like there at the end I tried everything I could and I could not catch Kurt [Busch] there in front of me.

 

KANSAS II:
“I’m surrounded by really good people and they work really hard and never quit. My spotter [Jason Hedlesky], my crew chief Darian [Grubb] and my pit crew guys and TRD and everybody. 


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Carl Edwards practices for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

We’ll just go to Talladega and do what we normally do, we’ll be alright. There’s nothing normal about Talladega, so we’ll see what happens.”

Thanks to:
Racing Reference
NASCAR Media Group

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