By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to multiple reports, Carl Edwards has decided to retire from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in a surprising move on Tuesday. The 37-year-old was the driver of the No. 19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.
He will reportedly pursue other interests outside of racing. Edwards will be replaced in the No. 19 by Daniel Suárez.
This is the second major retirement the sport has seen since the end of the season. Tony Stewart retired following the Homestead-Miami race.
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Prior to coming to Joe Gibbs Racing, he was the driver of the No. 99 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing. He appeared in 445 races over his 13-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.
Edwards finished fourth in the points last season and he had 28 wins including his last win at the 2016 AAA Texas 500 in Texas. He also had 223 top tens and 22 poles.
His first win came at the 2005 Golden Corral 500 in Atlanta. Edwards’ first race was at the 2004 GFS Marketplace 400 in Michigan.
His final race was at the 2016 Ford EcoBoost 400 in Homestead-Miami. In 2008 and 2011, he finished second in the points.
In 245 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 10-years, he had 38 wins with 174 top tens and 27 poles. He was the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2007.
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He last won a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the 2012 Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen, which was also the last-time he appeared in a Xfinity race. The first-time he won a Xfinity race was the 2005 Aaron’s 312 in Atlanta.
His first NASCAR Xfinity race was in the 2002 Charter Pipeline 250 in Gateway.
Edwards also appeared in 60 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in five-years. He had six wins, 35 top tens and four poles.
The last-time he won a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the 2004 O’Reilly 200 in Bristol. His first win was in the 2003 Built Ford Tough 225 in Kentucky.
His first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race was at the 2002 O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 in Memphis. His final race in his series was in the 2007 San Bernardino County 200 in California.
His best finish was fourth in 2004.
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