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Carl Edwards proud of Round of 4 appearance
Carl Edwards reflects on making it to the Round of 4 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at the end-of-year Awards Banquet.
Carl Edwards gave special retirement gift to 'Smoke'
RELATED: What if Edwards had won 2011 title? While Tony Stewart hasn't wanted the whole "retirement tour" and the gifts that come along with it like what we saw with Jeff Gordon in 2015, the three-time Sprint Cup Series champion recently received a gift that he couldn't refuse -- and from an unlikely source. Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards revealed Thursday during the Championship 4 press conference in Miami that he gave "Smoke" the helmet he wore at Homestead-Miami Speedway to conclude Stewart's third and final championship run in 2011 ... when Stewart beat Edwards in heart/tie-breaking fashion. "I watched him on my way up," Edwards said of the gesture. "To see him progress and to finally be able to battle him, that was a lot of fun." The effort wasn't lost on Stewart. "That shows you how thoughtful Carl is," Stewart said. "I think that's a huge honor. It shows Carl's character." It may have been fun, but Edwards still can't quite stomach the reminder that he nearly could've been going for his second Sprint Cup Series title this weekend in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App). The final race from 2011 recently re-aired on NBCSN, and the veteran driver could only tune-in for a handful of minutes before he gave up after stumbling upon it on TV. "I had seen enough after five or 10 minutes," Edwards said. "I had to shut it off." MORE: Stewart relives title via live tweeting &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
Why Carl Edwards will win the 2016 Sprint Cup title
ALL TITLE STORIES: Johnson " Logano " Busch Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of four stories examining why each driver could win the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Coming Thursday: Why Kyle Busch will win the 2016 championship Carl Edwards will win the title because … Homestead-Miami Speedway is his best track. The hard(er) part is over -- Edwards survived the first nine races of the Chase, outlasting 12 other drivers as the field was narrowed from 16 to our Championship 4. Now he just needs to come out on top at Homestead, and he's the driver best positioned to do so, given his history at the 1.5-mile facility. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has a sterling 9.2 average finish with two wins at the track, and his 568 career laps led are tops among all active drivers, in the Championship 4 or otherwise. His three 2016 wins are the most he's had since his nine wins in 2008, a year in which he swept three of the last four to close it out, including a dominant Homestead win. Oh, and remember how close he was to winning the title in 2011, matching eventual champion Tony Stewart on points only to lose via tiebreaker? There's no way he lets this slip away from him again.
Edwards , Logano reflect on title-altering wreck
RELATED: Full race results " Final standings MORE: Edwards , Logano tangle with 10 to go HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Carl Edwards ' 2016 season and his chance at championship redemption ended with a walk instead of a drive. After emerging from the heavy wreck that left his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota backward and crumpled against the Turn 1 wall, Edwards -- physically unhurt but smarting instead with disappointment -- eschewed the customary ambulance ride to the infield care center for a purposeful jaunt back toward pit road. "I had a lot of thoughts on that walk," Edwards said, his title hopes dashed. "That was -- just it's hard to -- you put so much into this and so many people push so hard and you don't get opportunities like this very often, so I just hope that pretty quickly I can get over the frustration and look at this for what it is." WATCH: Edwards : 'That's just racing '
Edwards avoids Danica: 'I need a new set of britches'
Championship 4 driver Carl Edwards narrowly avoids a collision with Danica Patrick at the end of the final Sprint Cup Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Edwards and Logano tangle with 10 to go collecting several drivers
Carl Edwards and Joey Logano wreck with 10 laps to go at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Edwards shows class after championship-ending wreck
After wrecking at Homestead-Miami Speedway Carl Edwards takes the blame for the incident but also tells Joey Logano to go out there and win it all.
Edwards : 'That's just racing'
Carl Edwards reacts to the wreck that ended his night and chances of winning his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.
Pit road problems for Edwards
Carl Edwards has issues during a pit stop at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Ride along as Edwards loses chance at championship
Ride along with Carl Edwards as he tries to block the No.22 car in the closing laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway.