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Edwards re-signs with Roush Fenway Racing

August 04, 2011, Team Release,

Roush Fenway Racing announced Thursday that it has re-signed Carl Edwards to a multi-year agreement starting in 2012.

"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," said Jack Roush, owner. "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 didn't take our past success for granted when we sat down with Carl to talk about his future."


"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," added Roush. "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."

"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."

Since joining the Cup circuit full time in 2005, Edwards has qualified for the Chase 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.

"Carl brings a tremendous amount to the table from both a marketing and competitive standpoint," said Steve Newmark, Roush Fenway president. "He has one of the largest fan bases in the sport, is able accomplish so much for his sponsors and is second to none on the race track.

"We're proud to have Carl as part of our roster going forward, a roster that includes some of the most experienced veteran champions on the circuit, and some of the sport's most promising up-and-coming drivers."

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 Montoya, Mark Martin, David Ragan and Brian Vickers -- have a much clearer frame of reference against which to make their plans for next season.

Edwards career statistics

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The Sporting News contributed to this report.