Chris Stevens – Carl Edwards Retirement
Carl Edwards Retirement
By: Chris Stevens
Carl Edwards shocked the racing world with his announcement that he was retiring from NASCAR, and will not compete in the 2017 season. Edwards is 37 and from all outward appearances is the picture of health. Stating personal feelings that it was time and he wanted to focus on other endeavors. This feeds speculation as to other reasons for an early exit including symptoms of concussions which sidelined the sport’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., for most of the 2016 season. Sponsor demands could have also played a part in Edwards’ untimely departure.
Arris, a Mexican based company is a sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing and recently won the 2016 Xfinity Series Championship with Daniel Suarez also from Mexico. Suarez was announced as Edwards’ replacement. From a publicity standpoint it would make sense for a sponsor to want a familiar driver in the premier series. Another rumor floating around is that when Dodge makes its inevitable return to NASCAR, they are coming back to win races and compete for championships and will need top tier drivers such as Edwards and also Greg Biffle, a former teammate to Edwards. This could also set a reunion of sorts at the Dodge camp for former Roush teammates with yet another driver expected to move to another team or retire, Matt Kenseth’s contract expires at the end of 2017 and Eric Jones coming over to fill that seat. Silly season usually starts at the end of a season but 2017 seems to be a whirlwind of changes with more on the horizon……….stay tuned.
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