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NASCAR Ford Driver Carl Edwards Nominated To Hall Of Fame

Several NASCAR Ford drivers have made it onto the ballot for the 2025 Hall of Fame, including Carl Edwards. Edwards – known for backflipping off the door of his car every time he won – piloted the No. 99 Ford race car for Roush Fenway Racing from 2005 through 2014, earned over 20 Cup Series victories during his time with The Blue Oval and is currently being considered for induction.

Edwards was picked up by team owner Jack Roush to compete in the Truck Series fulltime in 2003, where he drove the No. 99 NASCAR Ford F-150 and earned his first victory at Kentucky Speedway. He was later named Rookie of the Year in the division before going on to win three more races in 2004, finishing fourth in the overall championship, before graduating to the Xfinity Series and Cup Series, where he began racing in both divisions fulltime in 2005.

Edwards went on to win his first Xfinity and Cup Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway in one weekend. Before Edwards’ performance at Atlanta, no driver had ever swept both divisions at the track. Additionally, he made history by becoming the first driver in the sport’s history to achieve his first win in both the Xfinity and Cup Series in a single weekend.

In 2011, still driving the No. 99 NASCAR Ford Fusion for Roush, Edwards won a single race but stayed in the running for the championship, tailing only Tony Stewart in the points standings heading into the final race of the year. In fact, while Stewart won the season-ending race, he and Edwards were tied for points – but the tiebreaker went to Stewart, who had five wins that year to Edwards’ one.

Edwards parted ways with Roush at the end of the 2014 season and spent the final three seasons of his career driving the No. 19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. In 2017, Edwards shocked the NASCAR world by announcing his retirement, saying, “I don’t have a life raft I’m jumping onto, I’m just jumping. And in a way, that makes it easier. This is a pure, simple, personal decision.” Another Nascar Ford Driver, Greg Biffle, has also been nominated for the class of 2025.

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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