Kenseth doesn't understand Edwards' retirement

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The surprising "retirement" of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Carl Edwards created more than just a driver opening for the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 team.

Kenseth said he knew something was afoot when the team called the first ever Sunday conference call in his five years with the team, where the news was announced.

"I called him and asked him (why) straight out, and when I hung up, it was probably less clear than before I picked (the phone) up", Kenseth said. "I tried to listen to what he was saying, I tried to listen to what he wasn't saying and I didn't really come up with anything". A late caution erased his lead, and he wrecked on the restart to lose the title. But the more Kenseth thought about, Edwards' decision wasn't completely unexpected.

Kenseth and Edwards haven't always had the closest relationship, with the two having contentious moments when the two were teammates at Roush Fenway Racing from 2004-2012.

He said his decision to walk away was personal and private. "And if he decided it was what he needed to do at the time it doesn't surprise me".