Jun 14, 2014; Brooklyn, MI, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards during practice for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR's Carl Edwards to leave Roush for Joe Gibbs team

It’s said to be a done deal. NASCAR driver Carl Edwards will be leaving Roush Fenway Racing to join the Joe Gibbs Racing team. The switch is reportedly going to occur after the 2014 race season. He won the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series championship and nearly won the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title.  Edwards lost the championship to Tony Stewart on a tie-breaker.

In his career as a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, Edwards has 22 victories, 183 top ten finishes and has won the pole position 13 times. He has also competed in the NASCAR Busch Series where he won the 2007 Busch Series Championship, 2005 Busch Series Rookie of the Year award and the 2007 Busch Series Most Popular Drive award.

Edwards became a full-time driver on both the Busch and NEXTEL Cup circuit in 2005. In that same year, on March 19th and 20th, Edwards won the Busch Series race on Saturday and then won the NEXTEL race on Sunday, becoming the first driver in NASCAR history to win back-to-back racing events at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the first to record his first career wins on both the Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup Series on the same weekend.

The news isn’t all bad for Roush Fenway, however, as driver Greg Biffle is currently negotiating a new contract to stay with Roush Racing.  Biffle told his followers that nothing is new to report, but negotiations are ongoing. Biffle earlier told media that he had talked to other drivers about joining another team, but has decided for now to try and work out a deal to stay with Roush.

Carl Edwards is the driver of the no. 99 car and is famous for stopping his car at the finish line and doing a back flip from the roof after victories.


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