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Carl Edwards: 'I have a deal moving forward'

July 27, 2014, Staff report,

Veteran focused on winning races, championship in 2014

RELATED: Edwards off '15 Roush Fenway Racing roster

On Sunday morning at Indianapolis, Roush Fenway Racing announced its 2015 lineup, which did not include Carl Edwards.

The winner of 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races said it was his call to leave the team he's driven for since 2003 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and he has a deal for 2015. But his focus remains on winning races and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

"Of course it's my decision," Edwards said on FOX Sports 1's "NASCAR RaceDay." "But the biggest thing and the thing that I came over this morning and talked with all the guys about and (crew chief) Jimmy Fennig reminded me and everybody, our focus is this year."

Edwards, who will turn 35 on Aug. 15, moved up to Sprint Cup in 2004, running the final 13 races of the season when Jeff Burton moved on to Richard Childress Racing. Unlike Burton, the driver of the No. 99 plans to stay with his team that has two wins and is a virtual lock to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

"My deal is worked out," Edwards said. "I have a deal moving forward. I can't announce it yet. When all of those pieces come together, it'll be announced. We'll talk about it.

"But like I said, right now, I've been in this sport long enough to be very close to some championships, and it would be foolish and it would be wrong to not focus 100 percent on what I have going on right now so that's where my head's at. Not just today, but for this season. And when it's right to talk about next year, we'll talk about next year."


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