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Carl Edwards staying at Roush Fenway Racing

Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:46 am
Edited on: August 4, 2011 10:23 am
 
By Pete Pistone

Carl Edwards will remain at Roush Fenway Racing and continue to pilot the No. 99 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series.

Edwards was said to be in discussions with Joe Gibbs Racing to possibly take the wheel of the Home Depot Toyota. But the current Sprint Cup Series point leader announced his intention to stay in the Roush fold.

From News Release

CONCORD, N.C. (August 4, 2011) – Roush Fenway Racing, the world’s largest motorsports organization, announced that it has re-signed driver Carl Edwards to a multi-year agreement starting in 2012. 

“Carl Edwards has achieved a level of success on and off track that would put him at the top of the list for any race team,” said Roush Fenway co-owner Jack Roush. “Carl and the No. 99 team are having a terrific season again this year, and we’re thrilled that our relationship will continue for many more.” 

“We saw great potential in Carl a decade ago, and it’s been a thrill to watch him grow into one of the sports’ premier drivers behind the wheel of the No. 99,” added Roush. “We didn’t take our past success for granted when we sat down with Carl to talk about his future. As an organization, we approach each week with an intense focus on being successful in the race to come. Carl’s position atop the points is a testament to that diligence.” 

“I sincerely appreciate the amazing opportunity that Jack Roush has given me in this sport and am honored to race for him,” said Edwards. “As an organization, Roush Fenway provides the resources I need to win, and as a driver, that’s the most important thing. We’re having a fun season on the race track as we’re leading the points and in great position for the Chase. That’s the result of a lot of hard work from the men and women at Roush Fenway, Ford Motor Company and Roush Yates Engines. I really enjoy competing with this group and looking forward to continuing that relationship into the future.” 

Edwards, who will make his 250th Sprint Cup start this weekend, currently sits atop the Sprint Cup point standings, and is a virtual lock to secure his sixth Chase for the Sprint Cup “playoff” berth in seven seasons. He has visited NASCAR victory lane seven times and earned six poles during the 2011 season.

“Carl brings a tremendous amount to the table from both a marketing and competitive standpoint,” said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. “He has one of the largest fan bases in the sport, is able accomplish so much for his sponsors and is second to none on the race track. We’re proud to have Carl as part of our roster going forward, a roster that includes some of the most experienced veteran champions on the circuit, and some of the sport’s most promising up-and-coming drivers.” 

Edwards joined Roush Fenway in 2003, driving the No. 99 Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. After a stellar inaugural season that saw him capture three wins, 13 top-five finishes and the Rookie-of-the-Year award, he got the nod from Jack Roush to move up to the Sprint Cup Series in the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. 

Over the next eight seasons Edwards teamed with Roush Fenway to win 59 races across NASCAR’s top three divisions, capturing the 2007 Nationwide championship and making the Sprint Cup “Chase” for the Cup in five of his first six seasons; including a runner-up finish in 2008. Edwards and the No. 99 team have led the point standings for the majority of this season. 

“We are pleased with Carl’s vote of confidence in Roush Fenway and Ford,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “This signals he believes he is with the right team and the right automaker to win races and championships. Now we can continue to focus on winning the 2011 championship.



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Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:02 am
 

Carl Edwards staying at Roush Fenway Racing

Good news to American race fans knowing one of the best is going to drive a race car with a American nameplate on it instead of a Jap one..................First On Race Day !



Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Carl Edwards staying at Roush Fenway Racing

Hey Pete !  Heard Carl was singing you a song by Toby Keith.  "How Do You Like Me Now !"



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Carl Edwards staying at Roush Fenway Racing

That means JGR is still stuck with smug Joey Logano and his diddy. Hahahahaha!!!
...if they hired Carl, Joey would just be in a 4th Gibbs car. Not like he was going to be released.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Carl Edwards staying at Roush Fenway Racing

Way to go Cousin Carl.  Keep the rubber on the road and go get a Championship!!!




Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Carl Edwards staying at Roush Fenway Racing

You had to know that once Ford got in on this that the chances of him going to Toyota were slim



Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Carl Edwards staying at Roush Fenway Racing

That means JGR is still stuck with smug Joey Logano and his diddy. Hahahahaha!!!



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:18 am
 

Carl Edwards staying at Roush Fenway Racing

Come on now folks, you didn't really thick Jack Roush was going to let Carl Edwards leave

Nope, none of us did.....did you?  Thanks, Captain Obvious.



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:00 am
 

Carl Edwards staying at Roush Fenway Racing

Come on now folks, you didn't really thick Jack Roush was going to let Carl Edwards leave. He would pay whatever it takes to keep his new golden boy and IMO Edwards has earned and deserves the cash. 



Since: May 22, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:51 am
 

Edwards staying at Roush

The reason JG threw up in his mouth is because he knows that HD is likely gone once the current deal is done. It has been more than hinted at that HD wants a top tier driver to challenge JJ & Lowes, not an also ran. Edwards was the perfect guy for that spot.



Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:49 am
 

Edwards staying at Roush

might still bring someone else in like Vickers....cause they missed out on Carl and Bowyer is reportedly days away from finalizing a deal with RCR.


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