Carl Edwards, one of NASCAR’s biggest stars, recently announced he will not race in 2017, according to Fox Sports.

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Edwards announced he would be leaving Joe Gibbs Racing to pursue interests outside of racing. Edwards and representatives from Joe Gibbs Racing have declined to comment.

According to Fox Sports, Joe Gibbs Racing will announce that Daniel Suarez — the defending NASCAR XFINITY Series champion — will replace Edwards as the No. 19 Monster Energy Cup Series Toyota for the upcoming season.

Edwards, 37, has notched 28 victories in his career, which began in 2004. He also has 22 poles, 124 top fives and 220 top tens in 445 starts. The closest he came to winning the NASCAR Premier Series championship was in 2011 when he tied with Tony Stewart. Stewart won the championship tiebreaker due to having the most race victories that season.

This was a shocking decision from Edwards, and it will be intriguing to see if he ever makes a comeback.

(h/t Fox Sports)

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