NASCAR's Hottest Driver Right Now?: Carl Edwards


If you had to guess who NASCAR’s hottest driver is at this very moment, who would you guess?

Greg Biffle? Kevin Harvick? Jeff Gordon? Certainly, not Jimmie Johnson?

If you guessed anybody other than Carl Edwards, you are mistaken. Since the end of June, a period which spans over four races, Edwards has not finished worse than 7th, and he has accumulated more points than any other driver.

Edwards has accumulated 646 points over the last four races; 48 points more than the next driver, Jeff Burton. Burton is the only other driver to finish in the top 10 in all four of those events.

Perhaps what’s more impressive is the fact that each of the last four races took place on tracks 1.5 miles or bigger. Edwards, as well as his Roush-Fenway teammates, struggled with speed early on in the year. It seems that he and Greg Biffle have things figured out in that department.

Since Loudon, where Edwards finished 25th, he has moved up two spots in the standings and has put some distance on the 13th-place points man. After Loudon, Edwards was 12th, 3 points ahead of the Chase cutoff.

Now, Edwards sits in 10th, 126 points ahead of the cutoff.

Many people probably don’t consider Edwards, or any of his teammates, to be title contenders this year. And that’s for good reason, considering Roush-Fenway cars have been plagued with mediocrity and inconsistency all year.

But things are changing. Biffle found Victory Lane, while Edwards is clicking off solid, consistent results week after week; something guys like Johnson, Gordon, and even Harvick can’t say. And if he keeps it up, he will be a title threat, without a doubt.

Right now, Carl Edwards is NASCAR’s hottest driver.

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  • Chad

    This is crazy. Obviously a Carl Edwards fan. I submit that Kevin Harvick has been just as hot if not more so than Carl Edwards. 5 Top 5′s in last 6 races, and has been in contention to win 2-3 of those races. Carl Edwards was really never in contention to win any of those races. The reason he had a good finish at Pocono is because he took 2 tires on the pit stop, if he would have taken 4, he would have been mired back in the middle of the pack. Carl Edwards is not the hottest driver in nascar.

  • Richard

    Racing is Racing, There are a lot of situations which we could say “if”. The fact is that “if” someone takes two tires to win a race or “if” someone takes two tires and finishes fourth, that is a legitimate finish. You still have to have a good pit crew and track position to make a call to get you into the top five. Carl and RFR are making leaps and bounds. This group by the end of the year will be legitimate title contenders..