Edwards Voted Second Quarter Driver of the Year
CHARLOTTE, NC - Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards was voted Second Quarter Driver of the Year 2011 by a nationwide panel of 21 motorsports journalists.
During the quarter ending June 26, Edwards led the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings, was victorious in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and won three races in NASCAR's Nationwide Series.
Edwards took first place on eight of the 21 ballots and earned a total of 98 points. Points are awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis. NHRA Top Fuel dragster pilot Del Worsham finished second in the balloting with 88 points, followed by IZOD IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti. A total of 21 drivers received votes.
"It's a huge honor and I'm very proud to have won the Second Quarter Driver of The Year," said Edwards, who previously won the award in the fourth quarter of 2008. "Just to be up for an award like that is huge, so to win it is spectacular."
Edwards said his Roush Fenway Racing team has upped its game considerably this year.
"The people who really have earned this are the guys that build these race cars and my team. We have turned things around from a year ago. I have to imagine we weren't even in the running a year ago, so my sponsors Aflac, Fastenal, Ford, Scotts, the guys building these race cars, Doug Yates everyone has come together and been working really well," he said.
"Edwards is a fierce contender, but still a good guy with the media who appreciate his talent on and off the track," said Barry Schmoyer, president of the Driver of the Year Foundation.