Although the driver has become increasingly protective of his private life after becoming a husband and father, Governor Edwards still has a nice ring to it. It didn’t surprise me when Edwards returned to the Show Me State.In a stunning decision, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards is retiring from the sport less than two months after nearly winning his first Cup championship, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.He also came close to a title in 2011, finishing second to Tony Stewart in a tiebreaker.Edwards' retirement is a shock considering how many years left he'd likely be competitive, and how close he came to winning the title.
30, 2016, file photo, Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) greets fans during driver introductions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. The 37-year-old didn’t exactly rule out challenging Missouri Sen. Edwards’ statement comes after Terry Smith, a political science professor at Columbia College, speculated in a Wednesday piece for KBIA’s Talking Politics that Edwards will challenge Mc Caskill next year.RFR announced earlier this season that Edwards would not return.In 11 seasons, Edwards has finished in the top-five in points four times, including runner-up finishes in 20. He also has six career Camping World Truck Series victories.While there was speculation regarding a top driver retiring in the last week, Edwards' name didn't make the short list. Edwards was a breath of fresh air when he first entered the NASCAR arena with Roush Fenway Racing in 2003. The story has been told repeatedly of Edwards handing out business cards to potential employers as he searched for a ride.The University of Missouri student had aspirations well beyond teaching.