Carl Edwards Retires From NASCAR
Carl Edwards is retiring from NASCAR after one of the most successful careers in the history of the sport. The 37-year-old Missouri native shocked everyone on the circuit with his announcement Wednesday. Edwards appears to be in the prime of his career with at least 6-7 good years ahead of him.
Edwards, who punctuated victories with a backflip off the roof of his car, is walking away from the sport to spend more time with his family. Unlike most NASCAR drivers, who live in Charlotte, North Carolina, Edwards kept his residence in Columbia, Missouri.
With 28 victories, Edwards retires as one of the most successful drivers in NASCAR history. However, while racing for team owner Joe Gibbs, Edwards never claimed the overall championship.
Edwards was in the hunt for one last November in Homestead, Florida when he and Joey Lagano collided on a re-start with 10 laps to go. Television replays showed the veteran driver going into the pit of Lagano and apologizing for the wreck to Lagano’s crew chief, Todd Gordon. It was a remarkable demonstration of class and sportsmanship.