Phoenix marks 300th Cup start for Edwards

Carl Edwards won’t be racing for a championship when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes the green flag on Sunday for the Advocare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, but he will achieve a career-milestone, nonetheless. Sunday’s Sprint Cup race will the be 300th-career series start for Edwards.

“My first start on pavement was at Phoenix in 2001, so it’s pretty 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.”

The first Sprint Cup start for Edwards came in 2004 at Michigan International Speedway and resulted in his first top-10, as he finished 10th.

After completing the 2004 season as a replacement driver for the departed Jeff Burton, Edwards embarked on his first full Cup season the following year and experienced his first trip to a Sprint Cup-level victory lane, winning at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He also began competing full-time in the Nationwide (then-Busch) Series that same year.

Edwards has gone on to tally a total of 19 wins in his first 299 Sprint Cup starts.

Edwards got his start in NASCAR national level competition via the Camping World (then-Craftsman) Truck Series in 2002, competing in seven races that year for MB Motorsports. He joined the series full-time the following year with Roush Fenway Racing. He’s been with RFR ever since.

Other NASCAR accomplishments include being named the 2003 Truck Series Rookie of the Year and the 2007 Nationwide Series champion. He finished the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season in a tie with champion Tony Stewart and lost out on his first Sprint Cup by virtue of tie breaker (wins).

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