Carl Edwards Is Staying With Roush Fenway Racing
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Carl Edwards has decided to stay at Roush Fenway Racing and continue driving the No. 99 Ford, the team announced Thursday morning.
The deal is for multiple seasons and ends the biggest free-agent mystery in NASCAR this year.
“Carl Edwards has achieved a level of success on and off track that would put him at the top of the list for any race team,” said Roush Fenway co-owner Jack Roush said in a press release. “Carl and the No. 99 team are having a terrific season again this year, and we’re thrilled that our relationship will continue for many more.
“We saw great potential in Carl a decade ago, and it’s been a thrill to watch him grow into one of the sports’ premier drivers behind the wheel of the No. 99,” added Roush. “We didn’t take our past success for granted when we sat down with Carl to talk about his future. As an organization, we approach each week with an intense focus on being successful in the race to come. Carl’s position atop the points is a testament to that diligence.”
Edwards, who would have been a free agent after the current season, has been talking with Joe Gibbs Racing about moving over to that team to drive in the Sprint Cup Series.
“I sincerely appreciate the amazing opportunity that Jack Roush has given me in this sport and am honored to race for him,” Edwards said. “As an organization, Roush Fenway provides the resources I need to win, and as a driver, that’s the most important thing. We’re having a fun season on the race track as we’re leading the points and in great position for the Chase. That’s the result of a lot of hard work from the men and women at Roush Fenway, Ford Motor Company and Roush Yates Engines. I really enjoy competing with this group and looking forward to continuing that relationship into the future.”
Edwards, who will make his 250th Sprint Cup start this weekend, currently sits atop the Sprint Cup point standings, and is a virtual lock to secure his sixth Chase for the Sprint Cup Chase berth in seven seasons.
Edwards has 19 Cup victories, including one this year , which came in the third race of the season, at Las Vegas. In addition, Edwards, a native of Columbia, Mo., has won 34 times in the Nationwide Series—fourth-most all time—and won the championship in that series in 2007.
Since joining the Cup circuit full time in 2005, Edwards has qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in every season except 2006. In 2005, he and teammate Greg Biffle finished the season second and third to Tony Stewart in the Chase, each 35 points behind, with Biffle getting second place on a tiebreaker.
Edwards’ best season was 2008, when he won nine races and finished second to Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, 69 points back.
Still on the free agent list are top drivers Clint Bowyer, Juan Pablo Montoya and Brian Vickers. The decision by Edwards to stay with Roush is expected to break up that logjam.
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