FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Carl Edwards never did a celebratory backflip off his automobile after winning a NASCAR Cup competition during Texas dual years ago.
When Edwards went to Victory Lane late that night after a rain-shortened race, earning a championship-contending mark in a deteriorate finale, nobody knew that reduction than dual months after he would transport divided from a final year of his agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing though a possibility for another of his heading celebrations.
”Coach gave me an event to step divided when it was best for me, and that’s a present that we can never contend adequate about,” Edwards pronounced in a revisit to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. ”It was usually unreal.”
There were usually dual some-more races in that 2016 season, and shortly after that Edwards done what he pronounced ”was a unequivocally elementary decision” to concentration on other things.
Two years later, after a lot of universe transport and copiousness of time with family and friends, a 39-year-old Edwards pronounced he has never wavered on his decision.
While Edwards does skip pushing a cars, and a fad and a people around racing, he doesn’t skip a consistent grub that comes with being a full-time Cup driver. He doesn’t even follow NASCAR closely anymore.
”Because I’m so invested in it and it’s been so tighten to me, we don’t consider we can follow though wanting to participate,” he said. ”It would unfit for me. we try not to compensate too many attention. … If I’m going to follow it each week and do all of that, we competence as good come, and afterwards we competence as good drive, and afterwards you’re right behind into it.”
Edwards warranted 28 Cup victories in 445 starts from 2004-16, with tip 10 finishes in scarcely half of those races (220). He was in a tip 4 of a NASCAR playoff follow 5 times, including his final deteriorate when he came 10 laps approach from winning a title. His best were runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2011.
His revisit to Texas, usually a second time he’s been during a NASCAR lane during a competition weekend a past dual seasons, came when he assimilated IndyCar motorist Helio Castroneves for their inductions Saturday into a Texas Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.
Edwards won 4 Cup races during Texas, relating Bristol as a marks where he got his many wins.
As for pushing again, Edwards pronounced he has a feeling ”something will come adult that will be really, unequivocally fun and healthy to go do, and I’ll expostulate a small bit more. But unequivocally I’m not going to pointer a three-year agreement to go run for a Cup championship.”
He misses highway courses, and has oral to some people about doing contrast on those. There could be some mud lane or late indication racing.
But NASCAR teams are no longer even job him.
”I’ve had a integrate of conversations with people, though nothing in a final year or so,” Edwards said. ”I consider everybody flattering many understands that I’m not unequivocally meddlesome in entrance behind and doing anything too critical right now. It’s been off my radar for a prolonged time.”
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