Carl Edwards Sheds Light on the Possibility of His NASCAR Return as He Admits Next Gen Car Makes Things More Interesting

Published 12/23/2021, 9:50 AM EST
HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 19: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, climbs out of his car after qualifying for pole position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2011 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Carl Edwards last raced in NASCAR in 2016, so it has been nearly six years away from the sport for him. He recently spoke about the Next Gen car and the new regulations, and the 42-year-old weighed in on a potential return to the Cup Series. Of course, this is actually a pretty farfetched notion, but a man can dream.

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He said, “Competitively speaking, if a person were to come back to the sport. The best time would be when everybody is scrambling to figure something out. I can tell you right now, I can be the slowest guy you’ve met. It’s a diminishing skillset that is interesting. I don’t know, from a team perspective, obviously I haven’t been in. There’s got to be difficulties that make people nervous. Any time you shake things up, like the Bristol dirt race or go to a new track, it shakes things up. It makes guys have to really work hard to figure it out.”

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Carl Edwards is happy where he is now

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Of course, Edwards has insisted that he has no plans to race again. He is happily retired and enjoying life away from the track. Instead, he will be content with watching the NASCAR action from the comfort of his own home. He is admittedly quite excited for the Next Gen cars to take to the track for the first time.

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 06: Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Sport Clips Toyota, celebrates winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Naturally, it will be disappointing that we won’t see Edwards perform his famous backflip. On the bright side though, he does have a ‘successor’ in the form of Daniel Hemric. This is because the newly crowned Xfinity Series champion also pulled off a backflip after taking his maiden win and title. For the 2022 season, Hemric will be sharing the Kaulig Racing Cup Series drive with AJ Allmendinger and Noah Gragson. Let us see how the 2022 season pans out.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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