Carl Edwards re-signs with Roush

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CONCORD, N.C. -- Carl Edwards, the current leader in the Sprint Cup points standings, ended further speculation about his future on Thursday by signing a multi-year deal to remain with Roush Fenway Racing.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Edwards was set to become a free agent and reportedly had been considering a jump to Joe Gibbs Racing.

"Carl Edwards has achieved a level of success on and off track that would put him at the top of the list for any race team," said Roush Fenway co-owner Jack Roush in a statement on Thursday. "Carl and the No. 99 team are having a terrific season again this year, and we're thrilled that our relationship will continue for many more."

Edwards has an 11-point lead over five-time defending Sprint Cup series champion Jimmie Johnson in this year's standings heading into this Sunday's race at Pocono.

"I sincerely appreciate the amazing opportunity that Jack Roush has given me in this sport and am honoured to race for him," said Edwards. "As an organization, Roush Fenway provides the resources I need to win, and as a driver, that's the most important thing. We're having a fun season on the race track as we're leading the points and in great position for the Chase. That's the result of a lot of hard work from the men and women at Roush Fenway, Ford Motor Company and Roush Yates Engines. I really enjoy competing with this group and looking forward to continuing that relationship into the future."

A two-time Sprint Cup series runner-up, Edwards has only one official victory this year, coming in Las Vegas on March 6. However, he also won the All-Star race and has 10 top-five finishes in 20 starts.

"We didn't take our past success for granted when we sat down with Carl to talk about his future," Roush added. "As an organization, we approach each week with an intense focus on being successful in the race to come. Carl's position atop the points is a testament to that diligence."

Edwards was fourth in the final Sprint Cup standings last year and finished second in 2008 when he won a career-best nine races. He also tied for second in 2005 and was the Nationwide Series champion in 2007.

In addition to his Sprint Cup success this year, he also has five wins on the Nationwide circuit.

Edwards first joined Roush in 2003, racing in the truck series. He moved up to the Sprint Cup series the following year.


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