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Carl Edwards to remain at Roush Fenway Racing

Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards

By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

After protracted negotiations with his current team and with others - notably Joe Gibbs Racing - Carl Edwards has decided to re-sign with Roush Fenway Racing, the team announced Thursday.

Thanks to the collective efforts of RFR and Ford, Edwards, the NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader, has agreed to a lucrative multiyear deal that will keep him in the No. 99 Ford.

Edwards has 19 Cup victories, including one this year in the third race of the season, at Las Vegas. In addition, Edwards has won 34 times in the Nationwide Series - fourth-most all time - and won the championship in that series in 2007.

"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," Roush Fenway co-owner Roush said in a statement. "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. 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."

Since joining the Cup circuit full time in 2005, Edwards has qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in every season except 2006. In 2005, he and teammate Greg Biffle finished the season second and third to Tony Stewart in the Chase, each 35 points behind, with Biffle getting second place on a tiebreaker.

"I sincerely appreciate the amazing opportunity that Jack Roush has given me in this sport and am honored to race for him," Edwards said. "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' best season was 2008, when he won nine races and finished second to Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, 69 points back.

Now that Edwards has decided to stay put, other notable drivers in contract years-among them Clint Bowyer, Juan Pablo Montoya, Mark Martin, David Ragan and Brian Vickers-have a much clearer frame of reference against which to make their plans for next season.