Carl Edwards Stepping Away From NASCAR

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Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards is expected to step away from NASCAR competition in 2017. (HHP/Rusty Jarrett Photo)

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Multiple media outlets are reporting that Carl Edwards is leaving Joe Gibbs Racing to pursue other interests away from the sport and will not compete this year.

Joe Gibbs Racing has announced a press conference on Wednesday at 10 a.m. where it is expected the team will announce reigning NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Daniel Suarez as the driver of the No. 19 Toyota in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

There has been no comment from Edwards or Joe Gibbs Racing at this time.

Thirty-seven-year-old Edwards began his full-time effort in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2004 when he replaced Jeff Burton in the No. 99 Ford at Roush Fenway Racing. He left Roush in 2015 to join Joe Gibbs Racing.

Edwards has won 28 races during his career. He has won 22 poles and earned 124 top-five and 220 top-10 finishes. He nearly won the Cup Series championship in 2011 when he finished the season tied with Tony Stewart, but Stewart won the championship via tiebreaker.

He was in contention to win the championship again last November at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but contact with Joey Logano late in the race eliminated him from contention.

He also captured the 2007 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship while driving for Roush Fenway Racing. Between all three NASCAR National divisions, Edwards has 72 career victories.