Carl Edwards is a familiar name among the fans of racing sports especially stock car racing. The United States-born professional stock car racer is known for his trademark backflip, which he does standing on his car’s window as a celebration after winning a race. Having competed in the NASCAR competitions for more than a decade, Carl is considered one of the most talented drivers in the sport. Scroll down to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Carl Edwards in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Carl Edwards Michael II was born on August 15, 1979, in Columbia, Missouri, the United States to Carl Edwards, Sr. and Nancy Sterling. After completing his high school graduation from the Rock Bridge High School, Edwards joined the University of Missouri to study engineering but dropped out from college after attending only three semesters. He is the great-great-great grandson of Rutherford B. Hayes.
Carl Edwards is married to Katherine “Kate” Downey. The couple tied a knot on January 3, 2009, and has two children a son named Michael and a daughter named Anne. Edwards is a health freak who frequently poses for magazine covers showing off his ripped body. Apart from racing he also owns a record label entitled Back40 Records along with his friend.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Edwards worked as a substitute teacher during the days he was struggling to anchor his foot in the world of racing. He got his first breakthrough in 2002 when he participated in the 7 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Busch Series. Jack Roush, the founder of Roush Fenway Racing, was impressed by Carl’s performance which made him represent the Roush team in 2003. He finished the season 4th and won the rookie of the year award.
Edwards has so far competed in 445 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He has won 28 races and has finished among the top 10 223 times. In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, he has competed in 245 races winning 35 and finishing top 10 in 174 races. He has won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 6 times in 60 appearances and has finished within top 10 in 35 races.
In 2007, he won the NASCAR Busch Series Championship and was also the winner of Prelude to the Team, the same year. He won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in 2011 and became the Coca-Cola 600 and Bojangles’ Southern 500 winner in 2015. In 2007, Edwards was awarded the Most Popular Driver award in the Busch Series and 2005 he won the Busch Series Rookie of the Year award. In 2017, he was honored with the Stan Musial Sportsmanship Award at the Musial Awards.
Net Worth & Earnings
His earnings for the year 2004 in racing is said to be $1.4 million which rose to $4.8 million in 2005. His highest earning in a single year in racing was $8.4 million in the year 2011. He was added to the list of the top 20 richest NASCAR drivers in the history. As of now, he has a net worth of $75 million. Apart from racing, he also owns a record label and has endorsed brands such as Ford, Aflac, Subway, and Vitamin Water which also contributes a part to his whopping net worth.
Carl Edwards announced his retirement from the sport in 2016. He is considered one of the best drivers in the history of stock car racing, a name he earned through his perseverance and hard work.