Carl Edwards retires from NASCAR prior to 2017 season

Sam Sharpe—USA Today SportsNASCAR driver Carl Edwards announces his retirement during a press conference at Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters.

Coming off a season where he was a few laps away from the first championship of his career, Carl Edwards announced Wednesday he will step away from the sport prior to the 2017 season.Edwards finished inside the top five in the final standings for the…READ MORE