If you love the sport of car racing, then you likely know about Carl Edwards. He is a household name, and he has made this name for himself through years of hard work and dedication to the sport. This has also paid off handsomely in the form of him being to amass quite a bit of money to the tune of $50 million. He is still young, so this figure is only likely to grow in the coming years. Many people might wonder how someone who drives cars for a living could earn so much money. That is a good question. It comes down to his ability to sell himself. He is also surrounded by a team who has been able to mold a positive image of Edwards through the years. This positive influence and willingness to work hard has resulted in money just coming his way. Continue reading to learn more about he has been able to get so much money by such an early age.
His Early Life
Edwards is relatively young today at only 39 years of age. He was born in Columbia, Missouri and was the product of a nuclear family who saw to it that he was able to pursue his dreams. For Edwards, that dream would revolve around racing cars. By the time he was a teenager, it was evident that he was good at this. At just over six feet tall and weighing just 84kg, he seems to be the perfect fit for NASCAR’s. That is where he has really made his mark. He is a graduate of Rock Bridge High School and later attended the University of Missouri for a time. Through it all, he kept his focus on racing cars, and that is where much of success and money has come from.
A Look At His Career
If you really want to know where a professional athlete has earned his or her money, you must start with their many accomplishments. If an athlete finishes at the back of the pack in every race, then the money is not likely to rush in. For Edwards, it seems that he has always been close to the top. This means that he has been able to earn a lot of prize money. Following that means that endorsements and sponsorships have followed as well.
Let us start by going back to the year 2002. This is when Carl Edwards first competed on the NASCAR circuit. That year, he would enter himself into a total of seven different Craftsman Truck Series events. He would do so for MB Motorsports. While he was not yet a household name, this is where he would get his start. It was also when potential sponsors would begin to take notice. In the end, car drivers can earn more money from their various sponsors than they can from their actual driving ability. Edwards is no exception. At the same time, it is important to continue racing at a high level in order to keep the interest of the sponsors. Edwards has been able to do that for well over a decade, which begins to explain how he has a net worth of over $50 million today.
If we go to 2003, we will notice that the won his first-ever race. This would come in Kentucky. It was also that year that he took home the Rookie of the Year award. Now, he would be set for a bright future ahead. It was the following year, in 2004, that he decided to enter the Nextel Cup Series. While he did not win any races that year, he was still highly competitive and began to rack up the prize money at each competition that he entered.
Moving ahead to 2005, Edwards would have a breakout year. He actually won every single race in the Nextel Cup and the Busch Series. That would put his name in the record books. He would also go on to win the Golden Corral 500. This was at the very same track that he won his first-ever Nextel Cup, so it was kind of a momentous occasion. In the end, 2005 would be the year that he became only the 11th driver in the history of NASCAR to win a race in all three of the different organizations. For this part, he once again took home Rookie of the Year Honors in 2005. This time it was for the Busch Series.
While Edwards did not win any races in 2006, he was now a household name amongst NASCAR enthusiasts. This catapulted him into 2007 when he made up for the lost time. He would end becoming the Busch Series Champion that year. He would earn millions, so that certainly contributed nicely to his current net worth.
On the heels of his success to that point in 2008, Edwards was able to sign a multi-year contract with the Roush Fenway Racing Group. This would net him quite a tidy sum of money as well. It was also that year that he won four NASCAR Sprint Cup races. He would go on to win five different races in 2009. In 2010, he actually broke the record for the fastest qualifying time at the Phoenix International Raceway. That would be the 6th pole position he had earned in his career. He would continue winning races for the coming years, even though he was in a crash at the 2013 Daytona 500. He would recover nicely and go back to his money winning ways not long thereafter.
Through it all, Edwards has been able to save money, begin to raise a family, and plan for the future. This has allowed him to hold on to much his prize winnings and sponsorship money. As he is still relatively on the young side, the future still appears to be quite bright for him. Time will tell how much more money he can add to his current $50 million.