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Carl Edwards Retires From NASCAR Competition


In a shocking development Tuesday morning, Carl Edwards will step away from NASCAR competition effective immediately. Joe Gibbs Racing will formally announce his retirement and his replacement Wednesday Morning, per reports.

According to reports, Carl Edwards is stepping away to pursue other interests outside of driving, although the exact reason won’t be known until the presser Wednesday. Representatives from JGR, Toyota Racing, and the driver themselves didn’t have any comment.

Edwards will cap off a sensational career filled with triumph and heartbreak. Edwards, 37, broke into NASCAR’s top series in 2004, when he replaced Jeff Burton in the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford and raced with them until 2015 when he moved to JGR. With 28 career CUP wins, he is a possible future NASCAR Hall of Famer. His biggest win of his career came in 2015 at the Southern 500, the first year NASCAR Throwback was held at Darlington. He also has 38 XFINITY Series and 6 Camping World Truck Series wins as well.

But, several missed title chances have also defined his career. His 2011 epic points battle with Tony Stewart went down to a tiebreaker based on wins, and lost it as a result. He also lost a chance at the CUP Series title this past season at Homestead in the closing laps thanks to a multi-car incident on a restart.

Carl Edwards is also one of the more fan friendly figures the sport has seen in quite sometime. Despite the lack of Twitter presence, Carl was one of the most popular drivers among fans on the social media platform. His trademark backflip after every win also gave him a cult following in the early years of his CUP career and has stuck with him. The guy is well liked by his competitors and seemed like a rarity happened when he didn’t smile in the garage area every weekend.

Reigning NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Daniel Suarez will be announced on the same day by Joe Gibbs Racing as Carl Edwards replacement in the 19 car. Suarez will become only the second Drive for Diversity alumni to earn a full time NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, after Kyle Larson.