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Roush Fenway Racing Announces Carl Edwards Will Leave Team In '15

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 27 / 14

Roush Fenway Racing this morning issued a statement announcing driver Carl Edwards will not return to the team in ’15. Edwards has driven the No. 99 Ford for RFR since ’05. Team Owner Jack Roush said that he has “known for more than a month that Edwards would be leaving the tea...

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Sterling Verbally Attacks Wife, NBA

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