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Carl Edwards to stay at Roush Fenway

Carl Edwards has signed a new multi-year deal to stay at Roush Fenway, ending the contract uncertainty that reached fever-pitch at last weekend's race in Indianapolis.
After months of speculation, Carl Edwards has finally revealed his decision about his 2012 future and confirmed that he will be staying with Roush Fenway Racing after all.

It means that Edwards has turned down the strong advances and big money offers that are believed to have come from Joe Gibbs Racing and its engine supplier Toyota to persuade him to move teams at the end of the year. Losing Edwards would have been a huge blow to both Roush and Ford, and as the possibility came ever closer it seems that the two organisations pulled out all the stops to head off the potential disaster.

Many fans and observers had wondered whether the delay in announcing his plans meant that Edwards had actually already decided to jump ship, and wanted to leave the announcement as late as possible to minimise the inevitable disruption to his Sprint Cup campaign that he currently leads on points. Rumours gained force at the weekend when it seemed as though Edwards' current team mates (Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and David Ragan) appeared to be getting a little short of patience with the lack of an announcement, while it seemed to be all positive encouragement coming from Joe Gibbs' stable of Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin.

But when it came down to it, Edwards has finally confirmed that he's staying with Jack Roush's team, where he made his Cup d├ębut back in 2004 having joined the team at Truck Series level the previous year. Despite his current Cup-level success, Edwards continues to be a mainstay of Roush Fenway's Nationwide Series effort as well and has only missed one race so far this season.

"I sincerely appreciate the amazing opportunity that Jack Roush has given me in this sport and am honoured to race for him," said Edwards in a team press release. "As an organization, Roush Fenway provides the resources I need to win, and as a driver, that's the most important thing."

"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 Roush Fenway co-owner Jack Roush. "Carl and the #99 team are having a terrific season again this year, and we're thrilled that our relationship will continue for many more."

"Carl brings a tremendous amount to the table from both a marketing and competitive standpoint," added Steve Newmark, president of Roush Fenway Racing. "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."

Details of the deal were not revealed, with no mention of the monetary arrangement and only confirmation that this was a "multi-year agreement starting in 2012."

Edwards - who will be making his 250th Cup start at Pocono this weekend - currently leads the Cup championship by 11pts over Jimmie Johnson, in what is proving to be his most successful year in the competition since 2008 when he finished as runner-up to Johnson. While he's all-but assured of going through to the Chase again for the sixth time in the seven full seasons he's been with Roush Fenway, the points-reset for the final ten races will require a fully unified team to stand a chance of winning the title. Fans had been concerned that the ongoing uncertainty about his contract status for 2012 would adversely affect that effort, but that danger is now over.




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