Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Carl Edwards makes pure and private decision to leave NASCAR

Carl Edwards listed reason after reason for stepping away from full-time NASCAR competition this season, less than two months removed from nearly winning his first Cup title.

He's content with his career accomplishments. He wants to spend more time on his outside interests. He's healthy and doesn't want that to change.

Edwards, one of NASCAR's top stars and driver for a top organization, really seemed at peace with a personal decision he made right before Christmas. But for a brief moment, he had to turn his back to the audience and compose himself.

"Yeah, I just want to be a good person, you know?" he said, his bottom lip quivering.

Edwards quickly...