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Carl Edwards cites family, health and time constraints as reasons for NASCAR exitCarl Edwards -- citing family, health and time constraints -- is walking away on his own accord as a NASCAR Cup driver in the prime of his career. His reasons may not dispel rumors and speculation as to why he would do such a thing without a secret smoking gun, but he stayed the course, reiterating those points in an emotional press conference Wednesday morning at Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters. “This may not make sense to people,” Edwards said. “It makes you nervous to do something like this and wonder if everyone understands or not.” Edwards, 37, started the process shortly after the final race in Homestead last November, when for the second time since 2011, he was in contention for the title.