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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2016 Recap/2017 Outlook – Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards enjoyed success and endured heartbreak during the 2016 Cup Series season. The Columbia, MO native scored three wins and found himself in the Championship 4 after winning the rain-shortened Chase race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Car No. 19
Crew Chief: Dave Rogers
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
Points Finish: 4th
2016 Quick Summary: Edwards came out of the gate quickly in 2016 by winning two races (Bristol and Richmond), and recording five top-fives to go along with eight top-tens in the first 12 races.
For as outstanding as Edwards was in the first twelve races it certainly was not the case leading up to the Chase cutoff race at Richmond. He only recorded seven top-ten finishes in those 14 races with a best finish of second coming at Kentucky.
As the Chase started, Edwards continued to go through a late-season swoon as he recorded only two top-10s in the first five races. He was able to secure his place in the Championship 4 after winning the rain-shortened race at Texas Motor Speedway. It appeared Edwards was going to finally win the championship that got away in 2011 at Homestead-Miami Speedway; however, it wasn’t to be. He’d finish the race in 34th after being clipped by Joey Logano on a late-race restart.
2016 Highlight(s): Scored back-to-back wins at Bristol Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway. Won the Chase race at Texas Motor Speedway in November.
2016 Lowlight(s): Edwards’ lowlight was easily the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Edwards started 10th and had the fastest car of the Championship 4 for much of the race swapping the lead with Kyle Larson over the event’s first 250 laps. On the second to last restart, Edwards restarted second and appeared to be one good restart away from his elusive first title until disaster struck. While defending his position, Edwards was spun by Logano triggering a multi-car wreck which ended the championship dream. Edwards would finish 34th.
2017 Outlook: Edwards shook the NASCAR world to the core by announcing his shocking retirement from the sport. Edwards amassed 28 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins to go along with 124 top fives, and 220 top-10s. He was also the 2007 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion, winning 38 career races in NASCAR’s second-tier series.
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