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NASCAR video: Carl Edwards announces departure from full-time NASCAR competition

Carl Edwards explains that he's "stepping away" from NASCAR for a number of reasons, including being satisfied with his career, staying healthy and his interests beyond the track.

In a nearly 40-minute press conference on Wednesday, Carl Edwards announced he is “stepping away” from full-time NASCAR competition.

A 28-time winner in the Cup Series, Edwards listed staying healthy, the sport’s time commitment and his desire to pursue other interests as reasons he’s leaving racing.

Career satisfaction - “I am personally satisfied with my career, and I know right now you’re thinking, well, you don’t have a championship. ... This has been a neat journey for me and it’s always been something that I’ve been rewarded by the challenges.”

Desire for other life pursuits - “I’ve been doing that for 20 years, and I need to take that time right now and devote it to people and things that are important to me, things I’m really passionate about.”

His health - “It’s a risky sport. I’m aware of the risks. I don’t like how it feels to take the hits that we take, and I’m a sharp guy, and I want to be a sharp guy in 30 years. So those risks are something that I want to minimize.”