NASCAR on NBC podcast, Ep. 58: The departure of Carl Edwards

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Carl Edwards’ stunning decision to step aside from NASCAR for the 2017 season was the subject of a special episode of the NASCAR on NBC podcast.

Edwards vacated the final year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing, which promoted Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez into the No. 19 Toyota in the Monster Energy Cup Series.

NBC Sports.com’s NASCAR reporters Nate Ryan and Dustin Long discussed their reactions to the news a few hours after Edwards explained his reasoning behind the move during a Tuesday news conference at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Among the topics discussed:

–Why Edwards decided to leave;

–His reticence to talk about his family;

–Will he return to NASCAR?

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