Carl Edwards: Could he win the All-Star race and the Coca-Cola 600?

May 17, 2016

As a driver who has won both the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600, Carl Edwards is in an elite group.

Fewer than a dozen drivers have triumphed in both over the last 31 years.

Tuesday, Edwards was at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which plays host to both races, with the Sprint All-Star Race taking place on Saturday night (FS1, 7 p.m. ET) and the Coca-Cola 600 eight nights later (FOX, 6 p.m. ET).

Given the relative rarity of winning both events, I asked Edwards what was a better feeling, taking the $1 million-to-win all-star race, which pays no points, or prevailing in NASCAR's longest race?


"OK, that's a really, really interesting question," said Edwards, who is the defending 600 winner in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and took the All-Star victory in 2011, back when he drove for Jack Roush.

"The All-Star Race, in that moment, is overwhelming," said Edwards. "You think, 'Man, we just won a million-dollar-race. On a Saturday night, we just won a million-dollar race.' As a kid growing up driving at your local dirt track, that's surreal."

However, it wasn't the bigger of the two victories in the eyes of Edwards.

"The Coke 600 was different," Edwards said. "The Coke 600, we won the race, and it still, to this day, sticks with me as such a big win. You feel like you're a part of history with that win. They're just different."

And do not be surprised if Edwards wins one or both this time out. He already has two victories on the season and there's no question JGR is at the top of its game right now, which makes him a threat at most any race.