A declaration is planned for Wednesday at Joe Gibbs Racing. Sources told us Edwards settled on the choice three weeks back and that Daniel Suarez will pilot the No. 19 Toyota in 2017.
Suarez, who turned 25 on Saturday, is the defending Xfinity Series champion. The Monterrey, Mexico local won three races on route to his first NASCAR title. Suarez cut his teeth in the NASCAR Mexico Series and the K&N Pro Series East visit before graduating to the Camping World Truck Series and after that NXS.
Edwards, 37, was enrolled by Jack Roush in 2003. He replaced Jeff Burton in the No. 99 Ford the following season. Edwards scored 23 wins with Roush Fenway Racing before moving to JGR for the 2015 season. In the No. 19 Toyota, Edwards scored an extra five wins in the course of the last two seasons. He completed fourth in the Cup standings last season in his first Championship Round billet.
In 13 periods of Cup rivalry, the Columbia, Mo. local posted 28 wins, 22 poles, 124 top fives and 220 top 10 finishes. Edwards profession best complete was second in the standings in 2008 and 2011.