Carl Edwards Stepping Away From NASCAR

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor

CONCORD, N.C. – Reports that Carl Edwards will step away from NASCAR effective immediately have prompted Joe Gibbs Racing officials to call back-to-back press conferences beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at their facility in Huntersville, N.C.

The news of Edwards reported retirement comes after an “Exclusive” story from FoxSports.com’s Tom Jensen, stating that Edwards will “pursue other interests outside of driving and will not compete in 2017.”

Attempts to reach out to Edwards and his PR representative, Randy Fuller, were unsuccessful. However, a source familiar with the situation did independently confirmed that Edwards was leaving. The source was not authorized to speak on the issue but said the announcement came as a complete surprise to team members.

Eddie Gossage, president of Texas Motor Speedway, said he had spoken with Edwards recently but he had no indication that he would step away from the sport.

“This is comparable to Barry Sanders retirement back in 1999, shocking and with loads of ability and time left in a very successful career,” Gossage said. “Everyone rightfully expected Carl to win both races and championships. I talked to Carl about a month ago and he didn’t give any indication that he was considering this. It is a shock that just doesn’t seem real.”

Speculation is that Daniel Suarez, who is the defending NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion, will be announced tomorrow as the replacement driver for Edwards in the No. 19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car in 2017 and beyond. The two shared a sponsorship with Arris, a Georgia-based telecommunications company, which is expected to sponsor Suarez when he takes over the car.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is very fluid and updates will be posted as they become available.

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