Carl Edwards dispels thoughts he’s readying for an immediate political run

Carl Edwards announced earlier in the month he was stepping aside from the No. 19 car. (Getty)

Carl Edwards isn’t ruling out any political endeavors down the line. But he said Tuesday that he’s not in the midst of anything “right now.”

The newly-retired Edwards — who didn’t use the r-word when announcing his departure from the Cup Series earlier in the month — is in Phoenix to help Daniel Suarez get acclimated to Edwards’ former No. 19 car during a NASCAR test.

He was asked by reporters about a column last week that mentioned Edwards as a possibility to run against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) when McCaskill is up for re-election in 2018. In a text to the AP last week about possible political ambitions, Edwards said that “If I could help, I definitely would consider it.”

Tuesday, he downplayed the immediacy of any involvement. From JeffGluck.com:

“That whole thing blew up very quickly,” Edwards said. “Holy crap, that went out of control. The point is, I don’t ever rule out anything. I really do believe in America and if a person can help maintain the future opportunities for other people, that’s our duty as Americans.

“If that’s something down the line that fits in as something I can do, that would be an endeavor I’d be real proud of. But I’m not like putting together this campaign or something; not right now.”

Edwards’ presence at Phoenix isn’t much of a surprise. He said when discussing his abrupt departure from the Cup Series that he’d be around to help his successor. Edwards left the Cup Series with 28 wins and finished in the top five in the points standings six times.

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