Carl Edwards Shocks NASCAR World with Retirement

 

By Matteo Marcheschi

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January 11th, 2017

Carl Edwards Shocks NASCAR World with Retirement

            Carl Edwards has just shocked the NASCAR world, announcing his retirement Tuesday afternoon. This comes after a near-miss with the championship in 2016, as well as two runner-ups in 2008 and 2011, the latter being his infamous tie with Tony Stewart, who won the tiebreaker on his five season wins over Carl’s lone victory that season. Edwards has 28 Monster Cup wins to his credit, and top-fives in over a quarter of his 445 career Cup starts.

He was also only two seasons into what could have been a much longer contract with Joe Gibbs Racing, with whom he has earned five wins, as well as two top-five points finishes. Although he trailed his teammates more than he led them, he could be counted on to run near the front when it mattered most, not content with running second the whole race.

This unwillingness to settle shone brightly at the 2016 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond, when he bumped teammate Kyle Busch out of the way in the final corners to claim the trophy, his second win in a row, after winning at Bristol the previous week. “Cousin Carl’s” never-say-die attitude propelled him through a wreck at Martinsville, and, when hope for the Cup all but disappeared, Edwards took a rain-shortened victory at Texas to clinch a spot in the championship race at Homestead.

 

BROOKLYN, MI – AUGUST 17: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Office Depot Ford, celebrates by doing a back flip after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2008 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Carl is not just a hard racer, though. He’s also known for being one of the most respected and respectful guys in the garage. Probably the classiest moment in Carl’s career came in Edwards’s final race, after being caught up in a wreck with Joey Logano while racing for the championship. In Edwards’s situation, any other racer would string together expletive after expletive and hurl it at the other driver. But Carl’s not like any other racer. He took the high road, emerging from his wrecked racecar and shaking the hand of Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon, wishing him and his driver good luck in the race’s final laps.

While Edwards leads a closed-off personal life, he makes his presence known on and off the track. Whatever he ends up doing away from racing, he’ll do it with an incredible mix of talent, tenacity, and class.

 

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