Joe Gibbs Racing is announcing Missourian Carl Edwards  is retiring  from NASCAR racing. He leaves with 27 cup wins and 38 XFINITY wins.

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Biography.com says Edwards was born on August 15, 1979, in Columbia, Missouri. He studied at the University of Missouri. He was briefly employed as a substitute teacher, but determined to become a professional racecar driver and entered races whenever he could. Jack Roush took notice of him and in 2003, Edwards was in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. In 2005, he became a full-time driver for the NEXTEL Cup.