• Carl Edwards is a former professional stock car racing driver, best known for winning the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series championship.
• He attended Rock Bridge High school and then enrolled at the University of Missouri before focusing on racing.
• He gained recognition in 2002 and won numerous other races and cups in 2008, including the Auto Club 500 and the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
• After many years with Roush Racing, he joined Joe Gibbs Racing in 2014 and won his first race with them.
• Carl is married and has two children, and is an actor, appearing in various TV series and films. He is estimated to have a net worth of over $50 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthAugust 15, 1979
SpouseKatherine Downey
MarkDoing back flips at the start-finish line after winning a race
FactWon the 2007 Nascar Busch Series Championship by 798 points.

What is Carl Edwards doing now? Wiki Bio

Carl Edwards was born in Columbia, Missouri USA on 15 August 1979 – his zodiac sign is Leo and he holds American nationality. Carl is a former professional stock car racing driver, best known for winning the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series championship.

Early life and education

Carl was raised in Columbia by his mother who was a housewife, and his father who was a high school teacher. Carl attended Rock Bridge High school from which he matriculated in 1997.

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Although he didn’t want to enroll at college, the state of Missouri offered to pay for a part of his scholarship, so he enrolled at the University of Missouri, and spent a year and a half there before deciding to quit and focus on racing. While working on his way up in the racing industry, he worked as a substitute teacher at a local elementary school.

Career as a racer

Carl first gained recognition in 2002 when he drove for MB Motorsports in seven NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series – his best position was coming in eighth at Kansas Speedway, but it was enough for him to be chosen to drive full-time for Roush Racing in 2003, leading to his first victory at Kentucky.

He became a full-time driver in both Busch Series and the Nextel Cup in 2005, and on 19 March won the Aaron’s 312 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. He was competing for the first place in points in the Busch Series but after missing a race, he finished the season third in overall standings. He did not win a single race in 2006, but finished three races in Michigan, Loudon, and Dover coming in second.

The year 2007 brought Carl his first (and only) NASCAR Busch Series Championship victory when he completed the last championship race at the O’Reilly Challenge coming in 11th.

It is believed that the 2008 season was his best, as he competed at his first 2008 Auto Club 500 and won it, and then won the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He won numerous other races and cups that year including N theASCAR Sprint Cup, 3M Performance 400, and the Sharpie 500.

In 2009 while driving his No. 99 car, Carl was part of what is considered to be the most violent crash in the history of NASCAR, however, Carl came out of the crash unharmed while eight people in the stands were hurt, with one woman suffering a broken jaw.

The 2009 season was another season without any wins for Carl, while his best performance was at Pocono Raceway where he finished second. In 2010, he won the Kobalt Tools 500 and went on to win at Homestead, breaking his 70-race winless streak.

Carl won a single race in 2011 and was tied in points in the overall standings with Tony Stewart, however, as Tony had five wins against Carl’s one, he won the championship. He did not race in the Nationwide Series in 2012, but rather concentrated on the Sprint Cup championship, and won two races in the 2013 season.

Carl Edwards

After many years with Roush Racing, Carl joined Joe Gibbs Racing on 19 August 2014, and started driving their No. 19 Toyota. He won his first race with them – the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte – and then won at Darlington for his second win that year finishing the season fifth in overall standings.

It was announced on 9 January 2017 that Carl was retiring, and was replaced by Daniel Suarez. Carl is a bit of an actor, as he has appeared in “The Price is Right” and “24” TV series and made a cameo appearance in the “Logan Lucky” film in 2017 playing a state trooper.

He was a guest host of the “WWE Raw” event on 8 February 2010.

Love life and family

Carl met his wife Katherine Dowry at a party in 2006 and the two began dating shortly after. They were together for three years before marrying in 2009, and during the years, Katherine gave birth to two children named Anne and Michael. Katherine is a medical doctor, and could often be seen attending Carl’s races to show support.

Carl is the first cousin of Ken Schrader, a fellow driver who was removed from NASCAR and who advised Carl to practice driving on dirt tracks before competing at the Cup – this is why Carl is often referred to as ‘Cousin Carl’. In 2016 while he was visiting the US Constitution Museum, Carl stated that his great-great-great grandfather was the 19th President of the United States Rutherford B. Hayes.

Hobbies and other interests

Carl is very keen on travelling and has been all around the US to attend his NASCAR races, while he has also travelled to Europe with his wife for several of their holidays.

He is a fan of the film industry, with his favorite actors and actresses being Tom Hanks, Russell Crowe, and Jennifer Aniston, while some of his favorite movies include “Cast Away”, “Gladiator”, and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”.

Carl is a music fan, and after he retired from racing, he launched his own record label company called Back40 Records, together with his friend from high school. He enjoys listening to old rock music as well as blues, while his favorite singers and bands are Aerosmith, The Scorpions, and Bon Jovi.


Carl is taking extra care of his looks, and was featured in several magazines showing off his muscular body, some of which are “ESPN The Magazine” and “Men’s Health” for which he posed shirtless. He always celebrated his wins at NASCAR by doing a backflip off his car, and these were featured in commercials for Overactive Adrenaline Disorder in 2006, made by Ford.

Appearance and net worth

Carl is 40 years old. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, is 6ft 1ins (1.85m) tall, and weighs around 185lbs (84kgs). His net worth is estimated at over $50 million, as of early 2020.

General Info

Full NameCarl Edwards
Date Of BirthAugust 15, 1979
Height1.85 m
Weight70 kg
ProfessionRace car driver
EducationUniversity of Missouri


SpouseKatherine Downey
ChildrenMichael Edwards, Anne Edwards
ParentsCarl Edwards, Sr., Nancy Sterling
SiblingsKenny Edwards

Social profile links


#Marks / Signs
1Doing back flips at the start-finish line after winning a race


1Has two children: Anne (Feb. 2010) and Michael (May 2011) with wife Katherine Downey.
2Won the 2007 Nascar Busch Series Championship by 798 points.
32007 Nascar Busch Series Champion.
4Once worked as a substitute teacher before racing in NASCAR.
52005 Nascar Busch Series Rookie of the Year
62003 Nascar Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year.



Logan Lucky2017post-productionState trooper
Chicago Fire2015TV SeriesDelivery Guy
The Grinder2015TV SeriesStrauss
To Appomattox2015TV Mini-SeriesJohn B. Gordon
Royal Pains2014TV SeriesCarl Edwards
The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange2013TV SeriesCherr-iot Driver (Sandwich)
The Glades2011TV SeriesCarl Edwards
Small Pond2011Kenny
The Bill Engvall Show2009TV SeriesClub Manager
242006TV SeriesJim Hill
Guiding Light2005TV SeriesCarl Edwards


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHimself - Playing Mario Kart 8
NASCAR on Fox2006-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
NASCAR on TNT2002-2014TV SeriesHimself
Fox and Friends2014TV SeriesHimself - Nascar Driver
The Biggest Loser2014TV SeriesHimself - NASCAR Driver
The Big Brain Theory2013TV SeriesHimself - Judge & NASCAR champ
Live with Kelly and Michael2005-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Co-Host
Behind the Music2013TV Series documentaryHimself - nascar driver busch series champion
Good Morning America Weekend Edition2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
WWE Raw2010-2012TV SeriesHimself
Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Pepsi Max 4002010TV MovieHimself
CMT Hot 20 Countdown2010TV SeriesHimself
The Price Is Right2009TV SeriesHimself
Pepsi 5002009TV MovieHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009TV SeriesHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2009TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2008TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2007-2008TV SeriesHimself - Top Twelve List Presenter
Pepsi 5002008TV MovieHimself
2008 NASCAR Pennsylvania 5002008TV MovieHimself - Driver: #99 Office Depot Ford
Rome Is Burning2007-2008TV SeriesHimself - Correspondent / Himself
2008 NASCAR Subway 5002008TV MovieHimself - Driver: #99 AFLAC Ford
Nextel Cup UAW-Ford 5002007TV MovieHimself - Driver: #99 Office Depot Ford
Sharp Aquos 5002007TV MovieHimself
2007 Pennsylvania 5002007TV MovieHimself - Driver: #99 Office Depot Ford
NASCAR Nextel Cup Allstate 4002007TV MovieHimself - Driver: #99 Office Depot Ford
Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race2007TV SeriesHimself
MADtv2007TV SeriesHimself
Sony HD 5002006TV MovieHimself
2006 Aaron's 4992006TV MovieHimself
Racing Superstars: Off the Track2006TV MovieHimself
Sony HD 5002005TV MovieHimself
Funai 2502005TV MovieHimself
Bass Pro Shops MBNA 5002004TV MovieHimself - Driver: #99 World Financial Group Ford
Pop Secret 5002004TV MovieHimself
CMT: 40 Greatest Road Songs2004TV SpecialHimself
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Rome Is Burning2010-2011TV SeriesHimself - NASCAR Driver / Himself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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