Mike Edwards | NHRA Pro Stock Drag Racing
Mike Edwards has had a love for drag racing since his early youth. During his high school days, he spent many weekends at the races with his dad, racing a 1970 Nova. Since his first time behind the wheel, Edwards has proven that he has that special talent to be one of the top drivers in the quickest sport on the planet.
In 1981, he proved that talent was no fluke on the biggest sportsman stage when he captured the NHRA Modified world championship in his Ford Maverick. Edwards was named to the prestigious Car Craft Magazine 1981 All Star Drag Racing team, and earned the NHRA Sportsman Driver of the Year and the Quaker State Grace Cup Sportman driver honor, in recognition of his accomplishments.
With the lofty championship title in hand, Edwards got his first shot at Pro Stock, driving for J.R. Webb. After qualifying for the 1982 Winternationals, Edwards broke the team’s only engine and could not make first round. After the unsuccessful debut, Edwards Pro Stock dream was cut short, and he moved away from drag racing on to other business endeavors with his family.
After being out of the sport for nearly a decade, Edwards returned to drag racing as a crew member with Comp standout, David Nickens. Working with Nickens, the pair were a formidable tandem as they won 14 events and the Comp world championship in 1991. For that, Edwards was named the Division 4 Crew Chief of the Year.
Edwards stepped into Pro Stock as a crew chief following his successful stint in Comp, and propelled two different drivers (Mark Osborne and George Marnell) to become mainstays in the Pro Stock wars.
In 1996, Edwards got his chance to get behind the wheel again, driving for Jon and Mary Lou Kight. That first year was a dream season as Edwards scored three wins in five final round appearances and placed third in the NHRA Pro Stock championship; the second highest by a rookie in Pro Stock history.
During the same year, he became the 10th member in the Holley 6-Second Pro Stock
Date of Birth
Sept 3, 1957
Years in racing
Hunting and fishing