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Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ninth-place finisher, Carl Edwards , gives a speech at the Sprint Cup Series Awards.
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Driver set to compete in NASCAR XFINITY Series Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final standings this past season and a graduate of NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity initiatives, will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015 for Roush Fenway Racing , according to RFR officials. Wallace, 21, will join drivers Chris Buescher , Ryan Reed and Elliott Sadler in the RFR lineup. Wallace will pilot the organization's No. 6 Ford Mustang previously driven by Trevor Bayne . Additional team personnel and sponsorship will be announced at a later date. "I've had a remarkable journey over the last few years thanks to people who have put me in a position to win the races that I have," Wallace said. "When I first joined the sport, many said I would never compete with the real drivers. Now, as I join the winningest (XFINITY) team in NASCAR history, I take that as a responsibility to add more wins to the team's legacy and help tear down the barriers for the next generation of NASCAR drivers." Wallace won five races from 2013-14 while competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports, scoring four this past season. RELATED: Bubba done with KBM as team announces 2015 lineup In 2013, he became the first African American driver to win a NASCAR national series event in 50 years when he won his first Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway . This past year, he successfully defended his title while driving an entry whose paint scheme and number 34 paid tribute to NASCAR's first African American winner, Wendell Scott. Wallace made six career Nationwide (soon to be XFINITY ) Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing , with whom he was under contract, between 2012-14. He finished in the top 10 in four of those starts, with a best finish of seventh at Iowa (in 2012) and Daytona (2014). However, without sponsorship to remain at KBM, and with no funding for him at JGR in the XFINITY Series, Wallace asked for and was granted his release earlier this month. RFR president Steve Newmark said Wallace "is viewed in industry circles as one of the brightest young drivers." "He has a charismatic personality and at the same time has exhibited the ability to win on the race track," Newmark said. "We are looking forward to getting him in our race cars next season." In addition to the four XFINITY Series teams, Roush Fenway also fields teams in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series for drivers Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr . and Greg Biffle . Bayne, who is making the move up to compete full time in the Sprint Cup Series in 2015, finished sixth in the Nationwide Series this past season, while Buescher, who won once, was seventh and Reed ninth. Sadler spent the previous two seasons at JGR, finishing fourth in 2013 and third this past year. RELATED: Wallace Jr. receives release from JGR Roush Fenway Racing's XFINITY Series program is the winningest in NASCAR, having earned 133 victories. Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (2011-12), Carl Edwards (2007) and Biffle (2002) have won series championships for the group. "We are certainly pleased to have Bubba Wallace come on board," team co-owner Jack Roush said. "He is certainly a great young talent and I feel it will be mutually beneficial for us to be able to put him into a team environment with a veteran driver like Elliott (Sadler) and the young guys Chris Buescher and Ryan Reed . "We have had a great deal of history in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and we are happy to have Bubba as the latest piece of that rich legacy." The addition of Wallace to the Ford camp is a boost for the automaker as well. "We're thrilled to have Bubba Wallace be part of our Ford Mustang racing efforts," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. "His winning performances since becoming part of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program have certainly made him one of the drivers in the sport to watch in the future, and we think he can bring a lot to Roush Fenway and Ford, both on and off the track." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Social mosaic encapsulates reaction from NASCAR Nation RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Carl Edwards and Joe Gibbs Racing officially announced on Thursday that Edwards would join the JGR organization next season. Check out the social mosaic below for unique images, and join in the conversation yourself.
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Chase contender chalks up post-race fracas at Charlotte to 'display of passion' RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize The post-race drama involving Denny Hamlin , Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski at Charlotte Motor Speedway has sure gotten a lot of attention and fellow Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards believes you can chalk up what happened to the intensity of the sport's new playoff format. "This is fierce competition," Edwards said on a teleconference with NASCAR media members. "There's a lot on the line. There's a lot of risk, not just financially, there's real risk. When you see people get that wound up, I think it shows how much passion there is inside the sport. "But overall it's obvious that this format has raised the level of intensity which all of us have to compete. People definitely care. That's what I take away from it. I'm glad nobody was hurt. At the end of the day it was just a display of passion, I think." The new format was presented by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France in January. "If you would have said Charlotte ended the way Charlotte ended, I never could have guessed that," Edwards said. "As I left the race track the other night, I thought 'I guarantee you Brian France is kicked back with his feet up with a smile on his face' because right now this is working." After the checkered flag dropped on Saturday at Charlotte is when the fireworks really began. Keselowski clipped Hamlin's rear bumper on the cool-down lap after the race, later hitting Kenseth's car after Kenseth had removed his seat belt and HANS safety device. Tony Stewart was also caught up in the round of bumper cars, causing the No. 14 driver to retaliate by backing his car into the No. 2, crumpling its front. Keselowski then drove through a garage stall in the Sprint Cup Series garage before parking his car near his hauler. After getting out of his car, members of Hamlin and Kenseth's teams were yelling at Keselowski and his team. As Keselowski walked between his and teammate Joey Logano 's haulers, Kenseth ran after Keselowski and things got physical between the two. Eventually the two were separated by Keselowski's crew chief, Paul Wolfe. "Everybody's responsible for their own actions," Edwards said. "At the end of the day you just have to decide what you're willing to put up with or what you're going to do something if somebody does something to you." On Tuesday, NASCAR fined Keselowski $50,000 and Stewart $25,000 for their involvement in Saturday night's incidents. Both drivers were placed on NASCAR probation for the next four Sprint Cup Series events. Kenseth and Hamlin are set to be teammates with Edwards next season as he makes the move to Joe Gibbs Racing following the end of Edwards' 11-year Sprint Cup tenure at Roush Fenway Racing . Kenseth and Edwards have previously been teammates at Roush. That said, Edwards didn't want to get into specific thoughts about the drivers involved in the post-race drama at the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . "I'm really careful not to get involved in other people's fights because a good sound bite can sound good, but you never know the whole story," Edwards said. "I know I've been involved in stuff with people and I have seen things personally that have been framed in ways that I did not think were accurate. So I try to stay out of all that." Edwards does not expect to see any retaliation at Talladega this weekend, but he does think you could see it later in the year. "I think, and I'm not certain, but I think that everyone will go to Talladega and they'll be very professional," Edwards said. "I don't believe that you would see any on‑track retaliation at Talladega. It's such a fast place. There's so much potential for collateral damage with other cars, other teams. I have a feeling, my gut feeling, is that Talladega will go pretty smoothly. I think once we get to Martinsville, some other places, if there are any hard feelings over stuff that happened over the year or even last week, I think that's where you'll see most of that dealt with." Edwards comes into Talladega in good shape to advance to the Eliminator Round. He is in fifth place in the points standings and just 12 points back of Joey Logano for the lead. Edwards also said that this format has essentially taken a full season "down to a 10‑race season, and now it's a series of three races. There's no place to hide if you have a bad race with this format." So far Edwards hasn't had to hide with an average finish of 12.2 in the first five races of the Chase, including back-to-back top-10s in the first two races of the Contender Round. Edwards is 20 points ahead of Kenseth, who sits in ninth place. Edwards can clinch a spot in the Eliminator Round several ways: He could win at Talladega or he can finish 18th or better at Talladega; finish 19th and at least one lap led or he can finish 20th with the most laps led. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Carl Edwards talks about beating Jeff Gordon to get his first road course win.