Carl Edwards’ retirement announcement was certainly the biggest shock of the off season in driver news. Arguably just as big a story came on Tuesday, as Edwards stated in an ESPN interview that though he is happy and has no regrets about his decision to walk away, we may not have seen the last of him behind the wheel of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series machine.
“I’ve been working on some neat stuff but nothing I’m ready to talk about yet,” Edwards said. “It’s nothing earth-shattering. I’m just living life… We’ll see how it all goes.
“I’m paying attention enough and staying really fit and as engaged as they (Joe Gibbs Racing) will let me be. I’ll always be ready if somebody needs a driver for something.”
Edwards went on to tell ESPN that although he had received mostly well wishes from owners in the sport, he had not entertained any offers, contrary to the “really funny rumors,” which circulated in the days and weeks after his original announcement.
With prior injuries to Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and former JGR teammate Kyle Busch being significant enough to warrant long-term replacement drivers, it is not out of the realm of possibility that Edwards could someday soon find himself once again strapping in for a Sunday drive with 39 of his closest competitors.
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For a man who declared he needed time to step away from the track and be “a better person”, it makes you wonder why he really stepped away. To me, as a competitor, you could not get me to go to the track without wanting to be in the car. He was at the Phoenix test, now Atlanta to “mentor/coach” Daniel. The wool cannot be pulled over these eyes any longer!
There is clearly a deal for Carl to not drive this year. Arris most certainly paid him a sum to step aside. Erik Jones is only on a 1 year deal with FRR and Barney Visser already stated he only expect Erik there for this year, AND keep 2 teams after. Carl Edwards, FRR #77/TBD in 2018. You heard it here 1st.
Yeah, I agree. Something fishy here totally. Especially the story going around about Suarez’ old man buying Gibbs’ team with Carlos Slim money. If true, that’s going to be very interesting given the state of hysteria in Washington these days.
The only hysteria I see in Washington is from the far left losers. And they love the people south of the border more than NASCAR people.