It started with more promise than many other NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers. Finish the season before tied for the championship but settle for second place because of the tie breaker. Carl Edwards and his Fastenal Ford Team were just supposed to pick up where they left off.
When NASCAR picked it back up at Daytona, Carl Edwards appeared to also pick it back up by getting the pole. He wasn’t able to capitalize on that great start but was able to finish a respectable eighth place. The very next race a Phoenix he didn’t have a very good race and finished seventeenth. This dropped him to tenth in the standings. The next race at Las Vegas was the first of his three top five finishes. He finished fifth that day and moved himself back up in the standings to fifth.