Year- Races- Ave Start- Ave Finish-% Completed
2010 18 - 19.5 - 14.8 - 96.6% (Baby year)
2009 36 - 19.7 - 15.1 - 97.4%
2008 36 - 12.3 - 9.5 - 98.9%
Carl Edwards welcomed daughter Annie to the world on Feb. 25, 2010. There is no doubt that Edwards and the other Ford teams have struggled this year, but it cannot be blamed on the garage baby boom.
In fact, when comparing stats from 2009, Annie may actually be helping her father focus.
Edwards currently sits in the 10th spot after Chicago, moving up two positions after his second place finish on Saturday. He is 400 points out of first with zero wins and two top fives.
In 2009 after 19 races, Edwards was sixth in points, 446 points out of first, with zero wins and five top fives.
In 2008, Edwards was in the fourth spot at the midpoint of the season with three wins. 2008 was Edwards best Cup season of his career.
While the points race makes it seem as though he is in a slump (two top fives compared to five last year), he is closer to the leader points wise than at the same time last year.
Edwards is the second Ford in the chase after teammate Matt Kenseth.
The stats also show that his average numbers are better than last year with a 19.5 average start and 14.8 average finish compared to 19.7 and 15.1 last year.
In the case of Edwards, the weakness of the Ford camp may be skewing his stats more than the new baby.