The end of an era has dawned today in the world of NASCAR. Carl Edwards has announced his retirement from one of the nation’s most popular sports, effective immediately.
More information is forthcoming, but a report from Fox Sports has cites credible sources with corroborating reports, although no representatives of Edwards or Joe Gibbs Racing have commented.
The report from Fox continues on saying:
On Wednesday, JGR will announce at a press conference that Daniel Suarez will replace Edwards as the driver of the team’s No. 19 Monster Energy Cup Series Toyota. Suarez is the reigning NASCAR XFINITY Series champion.
Edwards got his big break in 2002 when he competed in 7 NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series races with a top ten finish. The promising talent was enough to catch the eye of The Cat in the Hat himself, Jack Roush who put him in the 99 Ford F-150 in 2003. His first win would come at Kentucky with Rookie-of-the-Year honors, to boot.
August of 2004 would find Edwards cashing in on his truck series success by replacing Jeff Burton and the Roush No. 99 Ford Taurus.
His signature “Victory Back Flip” would stay with Roush Racing until 2015 when he left to join Joe Gibbs Racing where he ended his career driving the No. 19 Arris Toyota. Along the way, Edwards started in 445 races racking up 28 race victories, 22 poles, 124 top five’s and 220 top 10 finishes. His success as a driver is only shadowed by never winning the coveted Sprint Cup championship.
Even though Carl Edwards hasn’t one, it certainly doesn’t mean he didn’t bust his rear-end to try. 2011 had Carl and Tony Stewart tied for the points for the Sprint Cup only to end Edwards’ chances in a tiebreaker (Stewart won more races that season).
A mere two months ago found Edwards poised to win both the cup and the final race at Homestead Miami Speedway when with just 10 laps remaining, a wreck with Joe Logano sent those dreams into the wall.
At this point the future of Carl Edwards is a bit mysterious. He has worked as an announcer, color commentator, host and presenter for multiple programs from The Price is Right to Fox’s reboot of 24. With his signature back flip and all-around nice guy persona, he will certainly have no issue in finding work. But his presence will definitely be missed on the track.
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