Fox Sports’ Tom Jensen broke the news Wednesday that driver Carl Edwards was going to retire immediately after 13 years in NASCAR’s Cup Series.
The reason why Edwards, a few months after finishing fourth in the Cup race and seemingly at his peak, was unclear:
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) January 10, 2017
And the news surprised almost everyone:
Answers will come, I'm sure. No need to speculate.
But in terms of surprise factor…this is a 700 on a ten-scale https://t.co/qRzcwQKocj
— Alan Cavanna (@CopaCavanna) January 10, 2017
— DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) January 10, 2017
— Pocono Raceway (@poconoraceway) January 10, 2017
Fellow driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. thinks this might not be a sure thing:
Interesting about Edwards. I can see him being lured back into the right situation. Although drivers retiring "early" doesn't surprise me.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) January 10, 2017
If Edwards officially announces his retirement and stays that way, he will finish with 28 career Chase wins, which ranks him seventh all-time. He also has 220 top-10 finishes in 445 starts.
What do you think? Where does he rank among NASCAR’s all-time best drivers?