- 2011 All-Star race winner
- 2007 Busch series (now called Nationwide series) Champion
Sprint Cup Statistics
- Best points finish: 2nd (2008, 2011)
- First win: 2005 Golden Corral 500 - Atlanta
- Last win: 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500 - Darlington
- Most wins in a season: 9 (2008)
- Total Sprint Cup wins: 25
Nationwide and Trucks
In addition to his success in the Sprint Cup series he is also an accomplished driver in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series; even capturing the Nationwide series championship in 2007. He is one of a handful of drivers to have won a race in each of NASCAR's top three series.
In April of 2009 Edwards survived a horrific crash on the last lap at Talladega. Racing for the win he came down to block the 09 of Brad Keselowski, he was too late, as Keselowski's car clipped his, sending it airborne and colliding with the catch-fence. Upon landing Edwards almost immediately climbed out and did his best Ricky Bobby impression and ran across the finish line. Interviewed after, Edwards wished his car was made of Claritin Liqui-gels, his sponsor at the time.
Edwards is also known for his physical fitness, appearing in several health magazines. His signature move after winning a race is performing a backflip. Few exceptions include his victory at Milwaukee in the Nationwide series in 2008; as NHRA driver Scott Kalitta was killed that day and Edwards felt the backflip would be inappropriate. He also opted not to do one at the 2011 Nationwide race at Dover. He was in second racing for the win with Joey Logano when Logano's #20 Toyota got loose, bounced off the wall and slammed hard into the 33 of Clint Bowyer briefly sending the car on it's side and also collecting other cars. Edwards wasn't sure if he made contact with Logano and may have triggered the wreck. He was alleviated in victory lane when he was shown a replay by ESPN that his car never made contact with Logano's. Also in late 2009 he was unable to do a backflip due to a foot injury sustained while playing frisbee; though he still managed a somersault at Phoenix, to great applause from the fans.
He is the first cousin once removed from fellow driver Ken Schrader and is often referred to as "Cousin Carl".
Was a substitute teacher before becoming a race car driver.