Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

This year’s version of the worst kept secret is finally out.

Three hours before the green flag is set to drop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Roush-Fenway Racing confirmed that Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99, will not return after the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Which left no one surprised. For months, it has been speculated that Carl Edwards would leave at the end of the season, even though at some points, it seemed as though he may re-sign with RFR.

While the NASCAR community has no idea where Edwards will end up in 2015, it is known that he will have a new home.

Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. will continue driving their Fords respectively, while former Daytona 500 champion, Trevor Bayne will make his full-time return to Cup in the No. 6.

“I will always be thankful for Carl’s contribution and the role he played in many Roush Fenway wins and championships,” team owner Jack Roush said in a statement.

“We wish him well for the future. In the meantime, we are excited about continuing our quest for a championship with Carl and the No. 99 team in 2014.”

Edwards comes into today’s race sixth in the Sprint Cup standings and is the lone RFR driver to have locked himself into this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, with two wins this season.

Additionally, with Edwards’ exit, longtime No. 99 sponsor Fastenal will now become the primary backer for Stenhouse starting next year.

Stay with Total Sports Blog for the latest on this developing NASCAR story.


  • Boyd Sharp

    Edwards bails out on the downside of his career as 40 barrels into his rear view mirror. Biffle has 40 bumper tagging him. How long will Stenhouse underperform before Roush turns that ride over to a younger talent? Can Bayne do it full time? And status quo in today’s NASCAR. If you ain’t one of Daddy Rick’s four drivers you get scraps out of the toilet bowl.

    • NASCAR Krissy

      First off, thanks for reading my article. As far as age, we have really seen that it’s just a number. Look at what Jeff Gordon did yesterday, what Matt Kenseth does at Joe Gibbs Racing. Bayne has some Cup experience. He won the 500 with the Woods Brothers. I really just hope that we see a strong competitor in Bayne. We need better racing on the track, especially after yesterday’s race. Now the more important question, where will Edwards end up?

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