Carl Edwards finally puts his money where his mouth is

Carl Edwards took time out from a tire test to spend time with fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Wednesday (Photo: NHMS)
Carl Edwards took time out from a tire test to spend time with fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Wednesday (Photo: NHMS)

NASCAR Sprint Cup star Carl Edwards will head to the broadcast booth for ESPN as an analyst for at least two NASCAR Nationwide series races starting with this Friday nights telecast from Darlington Raceway. The move is something that probably should have happened a long time ago.

Edwards was forced to retire early from a race at Pocono last season. After he’d climbed from his car though, Edwards spent time with the TNT broadcast crew providing commentary and analysis.  He proved to be articulate, concise and gave viewers a deeper insight into the race from a driver who only a short time before had been racing the leaders.

Edwards, who drives for Roush Fenway Racing, elected to stop competing in NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season.  The decision came after racing fulltime in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series the past seven years. He was the Nationwide Series driving champion in 2007, and earned the 2011 series owner’s championship for Roush Fenway Racing. After NASCAR changed its rules and allows a driver to earn points in one only series, Edwards has decided to concentrate his efforts on the Sprint Cup Series this season. MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.