Carl Edwards has been in the Nationwide Series for quite some time now. He has done so much in the Series since his NASCAR debut in 2005. He won the Nationwide Series Title in 2007, and has finished no worse than 3rd in every year he participated in the Nationwide Series (until NASCAR made the rule change stating that drivers cannot run for points in 2 series during the same year).
Despite all the success that Edwards had in the series, he has decided to commit to the Sprint Cup Series, and not compete in the Nationwide Series this season.
“The way we’re approaching this season is, I’m not committing to any races right now”. Edwards said. “I’m hoping this lets me focus more on the Cup car, lets me be a better Cup racer by maybe having more time during the race weekend to maybe hone the setups in”.
I’m not surprised by the move at the least. Edwards has not been focusing on winning the Sprint Cup championship, and I wonder if his participation in the Nationwide Series had something to do with the fact he didn’t win the Sprint Cup title this past year. If he really wants to win a Cup title, he needs to focus solely on the Sprint Cup schedule instead of driving in different cars (as well as traveling constantly).
This move also allows the competition for the Nationwide Series to be more open for everyone. Carl Edwards (as well as Kyle Busch) have practically dominated the Nationwide Series for the past 3-4 years, and its time that the Nationwide drivers to be more competitive with each other, and not have to worry about the Cup guys coming in.