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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy ANy NASCAR Fans? Carl Edwards...

Been a fan since I saw him win in person in '05 at Texas...Can't believe my main driver is calling it quits at such a high point....

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Been a fan since I saw him win in person in '05 at Texas...Can't believe my main driver is calling it quits at such a high point....
Not a Carl Fan per se...but IMHO he's being smart.

He's got nothing left to prove...yeah I know he hasn't won it all etc.. but he's had a great career, without too much physical trauma and he realized the risks just weren't worth the rewards anymore.

The cars are so fast now, it's really really difficult to protect the drivers. Add in the more recent revelations that concussions have everlasting effects (can you say Dale Jr.) it just makes sense to me.

He strikes me as a really good guy who wants to make sure he's there for his family and all the other interests in his life.

BTW...I was a Jeff Gordon fan...and I felt the same way as you are when he retired, I hardly ever watch Cup racing anymore.

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NASCAR died with rules and boring cars a long time ago. Haven't watched a snooze race in YEARS.

But there's more to the story. It'll be interesting to see the details.
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NASCAR died with rules and boring cars a long time ago. Haven't watched a snooze race in YEARS.

But there's more to the story. It'll be interesting to see the details.
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I'm betting he is concerned about concussions. His wife is a Dr. that works with neurological rehabilitation. She may be the reason behind his retirement.
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Stopped following NASCAR closely when they left and forgot their roots and all the manufacture cars become the same. Long gone are the days when a manufacture won on Sunday and sold on Monday. The car (Thunderbirds of the 80's & 90's for me) which you saw on the track looked and were shaped like the cars you could buy on the lot. While Carl was not part of the 80's/90's group, he came in at the end of that generation in the early 2000's and is one of the few of that generation that is or now was left. Hate to see him go. When Jr retires, my interest will wane to the Daytona 500 and the Southern 500 in Darlington. Peace Out! #6 #7 underbird! #9 #28 #88
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He's a very charismatic guy. I'm sure he will make a very comfortable living in the broadcast booth, as president, or whatever. Good for him!
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He's a very charismatic guy. I'm sure he will make a very comfortable living in the broadcast booth, as president, or whatever. Good for him!
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Had no idea he was retiring. He won the Bush championship in 2007 and came close to winning the cup a couple of times (Finished 2nd). In 2011 He tied Stewart, but Stewart had more wins, so he won. THAT had to burn just a bit...

Heck, I'd retire too, he's worth $46 million.

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Not a Carl Fan per se...but IMHO he's being smart.

He's got nothing left to prove...yeah I know he hasn't won it all etc.. but he's had a great career, without too much physical trauma and he realized the risks just weren't worth the rewards anymore.

The cars are so fast now, it's really really difficult to protect the drivers. Add in the more recent revelations that concussions have everlasting effects (can you say Dale Jr.) it just makes sense to me.

He strikes me as a really good guy who wants to make sure he's there for his family and all the other interests in his life.

BTW...I was a Jeff Gordon fan...and I felt the same way as you are when he retired, I hardly ever watch Cup racing anymore.

I agree...it is s mart move. You got your net worth in the 8 figure range, might as well have time to enjoy it with your family. Just seems like he was really hitting his stride at JGR. I had high hopes for 2017...oh well, I do like Truex and Chase, but I was only really a fan of Carl's. I do love the sport for the sport, so I'll probably stick with it...just feels like the pizzaz is gone now

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Had no idea he was retiring. He won the Bush championship in 2007 and came close to winning the cup a couple of times (Finished 2nd). In 2011 He tied Stewart, but Stewart had more wins, so he won. THAT had to burn just a bit...

Heck, I'd retire too, he's worth $46 million.
noone had any idea until Tuesday....even then, it was "sources confirmed"...his press conference was Wednesday.

I got to meet him at the spring race in Texas, real amiable with the fans, even right after the race.

If you think 2011 hurt, you should look up what happened this year O.O

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noone had any idea until Tuesday....even then, it was "sources confirmed"...his press conference was Wednesday.

I got to meet him at the spring race in Texas, real amiable with the fans, even right after the race.

If you think 2011 hurt, you should look up what happened this year O.O
I haven't really followed since 12/13, so I don't know what happened... wiki says he wrecked with 10 laps to go at Homestead, was he leading?

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NASCAR died with rules and boring cars a long time ago. Haven't watched a snooze race in YEARS.

But there's more to the story. It'll be interesting to see the details.
I agree.
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I haven't really followed since 12/13, so I don't know what happened... wiki says he wrecked with 10 laps to go at Homestead, was he leading?
He was the car the beat of the championship 4. Joey had a fast short run car, but Carl had the car of the day. led most of the laps. Yellow flag made a 10 to go restart and Joey dove low, Carl blocked, got punted and ended up in the wall. It was just hard racing, noone's fault really.
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69, I didn't realize NASCAR was still going. I thought they fizzled out after introducing the 'car of tomorrow' which had all the cars the same. I quit warching in the mid 70s after reading the rules and seeing the blatant ani-Ford bias. LSG
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