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Carl Edwards to retire immediately?

Postby Ken0069 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:48 pm

Edwards walking away from NASCAR

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — In a stunning decision, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards is walking away from the final year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing less than two months after nearly winning his first Cup championship, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Joe Gibbs Racing scheduled a pair of news conferences Wednesday in which Edwards is expected to announce he will not drive the No. 19 Toyota next season. The second announcement is that reigning Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez will replace Edwards in the Cup Series. The two people spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the team and Edwards had not announced the move.

The 37-year-old Edwards informed team owner Joe Gibbs right before Christmas that he no longer wanted to compete, the people told AP, confirming a decision first reported by Fox Sports.

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"This is comparable to Barry Sanders' retirement back in 1999, shocking and with loads of ability and time left in a very successful career," said Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage. Edwards was a four-time winner at Texas in the Cup Series.

"I talked to Carl about a month ago and he didn't give any indication that he was considering this," Gossage said. "It is a shock that just doesn't seem real."

Edwards may not be done for good: He could simply be sitting out one year of competition to see what other lucrative jobs open in 2018. Tony Stewart has retired and has a four-car lineup that is moving this year to Ford, where Edwards was closely aligned before he spent the last two seasons driving for Gibbs.

Also, concerns about Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s concussion history, plus underperformance by Kasey Kahne, could open seats in the future at Hendrick Motorsports.

Edwards has given no indication what he's thinking or what the future may hold, and he did not immediately reply to a request for comment from the AP. He could also spend 2017 working as an analyst for one of the networks, something he's done on a semi-regular basis the last several years.

Edwards came oh-so-close to winning his first Cup championship in November's season finale. He was leading all championship contenders with 10 laps remaining at Homestead-Miami Speedway until a caution set up a restart that bunched the field. Edwards tried to block Joey Logano's attempt to take the lead, and it caused a crash that ended Edwards' title bid.

The class and dignity in which Edwards showed after the accident — he walked from his wrecked car to the pit box for Logano and wished that team luck in the closing laps — was widely lauded. He also came close to a title in 2011, finishing second to Stewart in a tiebreaker.

Edwards is extremely private, married to a doctor and has two young children that he steadfastly refuses to discuss in interviews. He lives in his home state of Missouri, while most of NASCAR's drivers live in North Carolina.

Edwards won three races in 2016 as JGR dominated the regular season and put two drivers in the final four. He spent 13 years in the Cup Series and has 28 career victories in 445 starts.

His backstory has always been one of local-driver-makes-it-big. He was a substitute teacher who handed out business cards at race tracks trying to get a shot at a NASCAR job. He landed one with Jack Roush and won the 2007 Xfinity Series title. Edwards was also the top rookie in 2003 in the truck series and 2005 in Xfinity.

Suarez, from Mexico, became the first foreign-born driver to win a NASCAR national series when he earned the Xfinity title last season. He will join Kyle Larson as the only two drivers from NASCAR's diversity program to race at the top level.
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Re: Carl Edwards to retire immediately?

Postby lefty o » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:50 pm

must be rough to have too much money!

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Re: Carl Edwards to retire immediately?

Postby pdq67 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:19 pm

I have known Carl since he was a kid riding a 90 cc motorcycle back behind our house!

I was burning some yard waste and he was riding and stopped to talk to me. He got a holler from his Mom because she was wondering about all the smoke??

He said, "I will be right there Mom!", and he went and brought her back on his bike!!

I thought his Mom was his 16 year old sister, she was that pretty and young looking!!

Carl is as nice a guy as you would ever meet unless something happens to make him otherwise.

I am very proud of him and glad that he has made good in the racing world so go f** yourselves if you dis him.

In fact he was sweet on my red-headed Daughter back then! But there was like 2 years age difference between them. He being younger..

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Re: Carl Edwards to retire immediately?

Postby lefty o » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:46 am

dont get your panties in a bunch!

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Re: Carl Edwards to retire immediately?

Postby Ken0069 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:55 am

Here's the transcript of the Press Conference yesterday and from where I'm sitting, looks like he's lost his nerve, ie, he's skeered something's going to happen to him. Can't say as I blame him cuz that's a dangerous business.

You can read the entire thing HERE.
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