- Prior to racing, worked part-time as a substitute teacher.
- After racing on smaller circuits, drove in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for seven events in 2002.
- Became a regular in the Craftsman series in 2003, and was named Rookie of the Year.
- Signed as a driver for Roush Racing in the Nextel Cup and Busch Series in 2005. Became the first driver to get his first Nextel Cup win and first Busch win in the same weekend.
- Won the Busch Series title in 2007.
- Finished second in the points standing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (formerly Nextel) in 2008. Won nine times.
- Started a record label, Back 40 Records.
- Appeared in the fifth season of 24, and on The Price Is Right.
- After victories, does a backflip off his car or truck.
- Has his pilot's license.
- Works with children's charities.
- Anne Katherine Edwards — Daughter
- Kate Edwards — Wife
- Attended University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, United States
- Birth Name: Carl Michael Edwards II
- Birth Place: Columbia, Missouri, United States
- Profession: Race-car driver
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