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Carl Edwards leaving Roush at end of 2014 season

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carl Edwards’ 11-year run with Roush-Fenway Racing will end after this NASCAR season.

Roush confirmed the decision Sunday, a move that had been long expected but could not be substantiated because Edwards refuses to publicly discuss contract negotiations. He’s believed to be headed to Joe Gibbs Racing in a new fourth car, but his contract with Roush does not permit him to announce his plans until September.

Matt Kenseth was bound by the same clause when he left Roush at the end of 2012 and had to wait months to announce he was moving to Gibbs.

Edwards, speaking two hours before the start of the Brickyard 400, said he has a completed deal with another team but is not ready to talk about it. He also tried to limit his time discussing his departure from Roush because the start of Sunday’s race was approaching.

“Right now, the mission is to win this championship, this race,” Edwards said. “This is my decision, it’s a decision I made and I didn’t take it lightly. Sometimes you just want to make a change, and opportunities present themselves and you say, `Hey, what was that like to not take that opportunity?’ “

With a move to Gibbs, Edwards will be reunited at a Toyota team with Kenseth, whom he didn’t always get along with when they were Roush teammates. Minutes before the race, team owner Joe Gibbs declined to discuss Edwards but said a fourth car at the organization is possible.

Leaving Roush ends Edwards’ long association with Ford. The manufacturer stepped up heavily in contract negotiations four years ago to offer incentives to keep Edwards from leaving Roush for Gibbs.

“Carl Edwards has been a part of the Ford family for a decade, and it will certainly be tough to see him leave Ford and Roush Fenway Racing,” said Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing. “While we are disappointed in his decision to leave Roush Fenway Racing, we certainly want to extend our appreciation for Carl’s contributions.”

Edwards has been with Roush since 2003 and in the No. 99 Ford in the Cup Series since 2004. He has 67 career victories in NASCAR’s three national series.

Edwards’ results have not been anywhere close to what he had hoped after losing the 2011 championship on a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart.

Edwards went winless in 2012, his first year of a new three-year contract extension with Roush, and missed the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Although he won two races last season, he finished last in the 13-driver Chase field.

His performance is much better this year and Edwards goes into Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ranked sixth in the standings with two victories. He said he does not want his departure to interfere with winning the Chase.

“If you look around, not in the NASCAR world, but all of sports, change sometimes is a good thing from a performance standpoint,” Edwards said. “You guys know what I’ve been through from a competitive standpoint. I’ve been really close as a driver to some championships, and I know what one point, one race can do. So the last thing I’m going to do, or (the team) is going to do is let next year and beyond affect the championship.”

Roush disclosed its three-driver 2015 lineup: Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will both return, and Trevor Bayne will move up from the Nationwide Series to a full-time Sprint Cup Series ride.

“We have always prided ourselves in developing talent at Roush Fenway, and our 2015 lineup is a testament to the success of our organization in that respect,” Jack Roush said.

Biffle has been with Roush since 1998 and earned the organization its first NASCAR championship with the 2000 Truck Series crown. He added a Nationwide Series title in 2002.

He has qualified for the Chase in five of the last six seasons and was a career-best second in 2005.

“I don’t have the words for what Jack Roush has meant to my career,” Biffle said. “Our goal remains to run up front, win races and become the sports’ first triple crown winner by having a championship in all three series.”

Stenhouse, a two-time Nationwide Series champion, joined Roush Fenway in 2008. He replaced Kenseth in the No. 17 Ford when Kenseth left for Gibbs.

Fastenal, one of the primary sponsors on Edwards’ car, will move its funding to Stenhouse next season to remain in the organization.

Roush officials had previously announced that Bayne will be promoted from the Nationwide Series to a full-time Cup ride next year, with AdvoCare as his primary sponsor of the No. 6 Ford.

Carl Edwards leaving Roush at end of 2014 season

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carl Edwards’ 11-year run with Roush-Fenway Racing will end after this NASCAR season.

Roush confirmed the decision Sunday, a move that had been long expected but could not be substantiated because Edwards refuses to publicly discuss contract negotiations. He’s believed to be headed to Joe Gibbs Racing in a new fourth car, but contract with Roush does not permit him to announce his plans until September.

Matt Kenseth was bound by the same clause when he decided to leave Roush at the end of 2012 but had to wait months to announce he was moving to Gibbs.

Now Edwards and Kenseth will be reunited with a Toyota team, which will end Edwards’ long association with Ford. The manufacturer stepped up heavily in contract negotiations four years ago to offer incentives to keep Edwards from leaving Roush for Gibbs.

Edwards has been with Roush since 2003 and in the No. 99 Ford in the Cup Series since 2004. He has 67 career victories in NASCAR’s three national series. Edwards would not elaborate on his breakup with Roush or where he will drive next season.

“There are so many moving parts here,” he said. “This was the right time for Roush-Fenway to talk about their plans for next year. For me, the right time to talk about exactly what I’m doing next year, it’s the same scenario. … We’ll announce everything as soon as possible.”

Edwards’ results have not been anywhere close to what he had hoped after losing the 2011 championship on a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart.

Edwards went winless in 2012, his first year of a new three-year contract extension with Roush, and missed the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Although he won two races last season, he finished last in the 13-driver Chase field.

His performance is much better this year and Edwards goes into Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ranked sixth in the standings with two victories.

“I will always be thankful for Carl’s contribution and the role he played in many Roush Fenway wins and championships,” Roush said. “We wish him well for the future. In the meantime, we are excited about continuing our quest for a championship with Carl and the No. 99 team in 2014.”

In addressing Edwards’ departure, Roush revealed its three-driver 2015 lineup. Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will both return, and Trevor Bayne will move up from the Nationwide Series to a full-time Sprint Cup Series ride.

“I have had the privilege of fielding entries for the world’s best race car drivers in NASCAR for nearly 30 years, and feel quite fortunate to have an opportunity to do that again next year,” Roush said. “We have always prided ourselves in developing talent at Roush Fenway, and our 2015 lineup is a testament to the success of our organization in that respect.”

Biffle has been with Roush since 1998 and earned the organization its first NASCAR championship with the 2000 Truck Series crown. He added a Nationwide Series title in 2002.

He has qualified for the Chase in five of the last six seasons and was a career-best second in 2005.

“I don’t have the words for what Jack Roush has meant to my career,” Biffle said. “During our 16 years together, we have won multiple championships and numerous races on every level. I am as excited about what the future holds for me here as I am about what we have been able to accomplish in the past.

“Our goal remains to run up front, win races and become the sports’ first triple crown winner by having a championship in all three series.”

Stenhouse, a two-time Nationwide Series champion, joined Roush Fenway in 2008. He replaced Kenseth in the No. 17 Ford when Kenseth left for Gibbs.

Fastenal, one of the primary sponsors on Edwards’ car, will move its funding to Stenhouse next season to remain in the organization.

Roush officials had previously announced that Bayne will be promoted from the Nationwide Series to a full-time Cup ride next year, with AdvoCare as his primary sponsor of the No. 6 Ford.

Carl Edwards leaving Roush at end of 2014 season

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carl Edwards’ 11-year run with Roush-Fenway Racing will end after this NASCAR season.

Roush confirmed the decision Sunday, a move that had been long expected but could not be substantiated because Edwards refuses to publicly discuss contract negotiations. He’s believed to be headed to Joe Gibbs Racing in a new fourth car, but contract with Roush does not permit him to announce his plans until September.

Matt Kenseth was bound by the same clause when he decided to leave Roush at the end of 2012 but had to wait months to announce he was moving to Gibbs.

Now Edwards and Kenseth will be reunited with a Toyota team, which will end Edwards’ long association with Ford. The manufacturer stepped up heavily in contract negotiations four years ago to offer incentives to keep Edwards from leaving Roush for Gibbs.

Edwards has been with Roush since 2003 and in the No. 99 Ford in the Cup Series since 2004. He has 67 career victories in NASCAR’s three national series. Edwards would not elaborate on his breakup with Roush or where he will drive next season.

“There are so many moving parts here,” he said. “This was the right time for Roush-Fenway to talk about their plans for next year. For me, the right time to talk about exactly what I’m doing next year, it’s the same scenario. … We’ll announce everything as soon as possible.”

Edwards’ results have not been anywhere close to what he had hoped after losing the 2011 championship on a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart.

Edwards went winless in 2012, his first year of a new three-year contract extension with Roush, and missed the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Although he won two races last season, he finished last in the 13-driver Chase field.

His performance is much better this year and Edwards goes into Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ranked sixth in the standings with two victories.

“I will always be thankful for Carl’s contribution and the role he played in many Roush Fenway wins and championships,” Roush said. “We wish him well for the future. In the meantime, we are excited about continuing our quest for a championship with Carl and the No. 99 team in 2014.”

In addressing Edwards’ departure, Roush revealed its three-driver 2015 lineup. Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will both return, and Trevor Bayne will move up from the Nationwide Series to a full-time Sprint Cup Series ride.

“I have had the privilege of fielding entries for the world’s best race car drivers in NASCAR for nearly 30 years, and feel quite fortunate to have an opportunity to do that again next year,” Roush said. “We have always prided ourselves in developing talent at Roush Fenway, and our 2015 lineup is a testament to the success of our organization in that respect.”

Biffle has been with Roush since 1998 and earned the organization its first NASCAR championship with the 2000 Truck Series crown. He added a Nationwide Series title in 2002.

He has qualified for the Chase in five of the last six seasons and was a career-best second in 2005.

“I don’t have the words for what Jack Roush has meant to my career,” Biffle said. “During our 16 years together, we have won multiple championships and numerous races on every level. I am as excited about what the future holds for me here as I am about what we have been able to accomplish in the past.

“Our goal remains to run up front, win races and become the sports’ first triple crown winner by having a championship in all three series.”

Stenhouse, a two-time Nationwide Series champion, joined Roush Fenway in 2008. He replaced Kenseth in the No. 17 Ford when Kenseth left for Gibbs.

Fastenal, one of the primary sponsors on Edwards’ car, will move its funding to Stenhouse next season to remain in the organization.

Roush officials had previously announced that Bayne will be promoted from the Nationwide Series to a full-time Cup ride next year, with AdvoCare as his primary sponsor of the No. 6 Ford.

Carl Edwards leaving Roush at end of 2014 season

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carl Edwards’ 11-year run with Roush-Fenway Racing will end after this NASCAR season.

The confirmation by Roush officials Sunday that Edwards will not be back in the No. 99 Ford had been long rumored but not substantiated because Edwards refuses to publicly discuss contract negotiations. He’s believed to be headed to Joe Gibbs Racing in a new fourth car, but contract with Roush does not permit him to announce his plans until September.

Matt Kenseth was bound by the same clause when he decided to leave Roush at the end of 2012 but had to wait months to announce he was moving to Gibbs.

Now Edwards and Kenseth will be reunited with a Toyota team, which will end Edwards’ long association with Ford. The manufacturer stepped up heavily in contract negotiations four years ago to offer incentives to keep Edwards from leaving Roush for Gibbs.

It worked, but Edwards’ results have not been anywhere close to what he had hoped after losing the 2011 championship on a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart.

Edwards went winless in 2012, his first year of a new three-year contract extension with Roush, and missed the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Although he won two races last season, he finished last in the 13-driver Chase field.

His performance is much better this year and Edwards goes into Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ranked sixth in the standings with two victories.

“I will always be thankful for Carl’s contribution and the role he played in many Roush Fenway wins and championships,” Roush said. “We wish him well for the future. In the meantime, we are excited about continuing our quest for a championship with Carl and the No. 99 team in 2014.”

Edwards has been with Roush since 2003 and in the No. 99 Ford in the Cup Series since 2004. He has 67 career victories in NASCAR’s three national series.

In addressing Edwards’ departure, Roush revealed its three-driver 2015 lineup. Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will both return, and Trevor Bayne will move up from the Nationwide Series to a full-time Sprint Cup Series ride.

“I have had the privilege of fielding entries for the world’s best race car drivers in NASCAR for nearly 30 years, and feel quite fortunate to have an opportunity to do that again next year,” Roush said. “We have always prided ourselves in developing talent at Roush Fenway, and our 2015 lineup is a testament to the success of our organization in that respect.”

Biffle has been with Roush since 1998 and earned the organization its first NASCAR championship with the 2000 Truck Series crown. He added a Nationwide Series title in 2002.

He has qualified for the Chase in five of the last six seasons and was a career-best second in 2005.

“I don’t have the words for what Jack Roush has meant to my career,” Biffle said. “During our 16 years together, we have won multiple championships and numerous races on every level. I am as excited about what the future holds for me here as I am about what we have been able to accomplish in the past.

“Our goal remains to run up front, win races and become the sports’ first triple crown winner by having a championship in all three series.”

Stenhouse, a two-time Nationwide Series champion, joined Roush Fenway in 2008. He replaced Kenseth in the No. 17 Ford when Kenseth left for Gibbs.

Fastenal, one of the primary sponsors on Edwards’ car, will move its funding to Stenhouse next season to remain in the organization.

Roush officials had previously announced that Bayne will be promoted from the Nationwide Series to a full-time Cup ride next year, with AdvoCare as his primary sponsor of the No. 6 Ford.

Carl Edwards leaving Roush at end of 2014 season

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roush-Fenway Racing says Carl Edwards is leaving the organization at the end of the season.

The announcement Sunday was not unexpected. There has been talk for months that Edwards would be moving to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015 to drive a new fourth car for the Toyota team.

Roush officials did not comment on Edwards’ plans, but did announce its three-driver 2015 lineup. Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will both return, and Trevor Bayne will move up from the Nationwide Series to a full-time Sprint Cup Series ride.

Edwards will not be replaced next season.

Edwards has been with Roush since 2003 and in the No. 99 Ford in the Cup Series since 2004. He has 67 career victories in NASCAR’s three national series.