Carl Edwards will reach a career milestone on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway making his 300th start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Throughout his 299 starts to date he has achieved 19 wins, 92 top fives, 157 top-10 finishes and 11 poles.
Edwards’ first Cup start came at Michigan on August 22, 2004. He was able to claim his first top-10 finish in his first start, finishing 10th in the No. 99 Ford.
“Greg Biffle won the race and all five of Jack Roush’s Fords finished in the top 10,” Edwards said. “I finished 10th and it was a great day. I can’t tell you how neat that was. That race was 400 miles long and it could have been 4,000 miles long and I wouldn’t have cared. I was so pumped to be driving one of Jack’s Cup cars.”
Only seven months later he broke into the win column at Atlanta Motor Speedway to mark the first of his 19 Sprint Cup wins. He only led nine laps in that race, but he led the most important one which was the final lap.
This weekend at Phoenix Edwards will aim to make it a double-milestone weekend with his 300th start and 20th Sprint Cup win.
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