Saying 2012 has been a miserable season for “Cousin” Carl Edwards would be an understatement. 2012 has been a complete disaster for the NASCAR fan favorite.
Edwards has gone from nearly winning the championship in 2011 and losing it in a tie breaker to basically being non-existant. He is winless and missed the Chase for the Sprint Cup. After a career long partnership with crew chief Bob Osbourne, medical issues have now separated the two.
This weekend at Phoenix International Raceway however should give Carl a reason to smile.
The Advocare 500 will mark Edwards’ 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. That will make him the 80th driver to accomplish the milestone.
My first start on pavement was at Phoenix in 2001 so it’s neat to be starting my 300th Sprint Cup Series start there,” Edwards said. “I cannot thank Jack Roush, everyone at Ford and all the people who believed in me enough, and gave me this opportunity to run all these races. I’ve learned a lot and hopefully the next 300 races include a bunch of wins and championships. That’s our mission right now. This is a milestone and a reminder of how far we’ve come, how much we’ve learned and how much we’ve got to look forward to in the future.”
Edwards’ first Sprint Cup Series start was at Michigan International Speedway on August 22, 2004.
Best of luck to Carl on his milestone 300th start and maybe he might just grab his 20th Sprint Cup Series victory and end the season with a reason to be cheerful!