NASCAR: Carl Edwards settling in with JGR in Charlotte tire test (PHOTOS)

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Well, this is different.

After over a decade of driving the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, Carl Edwards has officially made the switch to Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota in advance of being JGR’s fourth full-time Sprint Cup driver in 2015.

Edwards, new crew chief Darian Grubb, and JGR’s new No. 19 team are taking part in a Goodyear test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway over the next couple of days.

Joining them at CMS are Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports), Paul Menard (Richard Childress Racing), and Sam Hornish Jr. (Richard Petty Motorsports).

Back in August, Edwards announced that he would leave his longtime home at Roush Fenway to join Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, and Kyle Busch at JGR.

Edwards’ No. 19 will have major support from telecommunications equipment company Arris as well as Stanley and DeWalt Tools. But for now, Edwards is testing in a simple black Toyota Camry at CMS.

JGR’s Twitter account has sent out the following photos as Edwards settles in with his new team…

Testing for today and tomorrow at CMS is expected to run through 5 p.m. ET.

Top Fuel driver Austin Prock earns 2019 NHRA top rookie honors

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Having just completed a promising first year in NHRA Top Fuel competition, Austin Prock is on the road to even greater drag racing success in his career.

That’s why it’s not surprising that Prock was named the winner of the 2019 Auto Club Road to the Future Award during Monday night’s annual NHRA Awards dinner at the Ray Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

The Road to the Future Award is NHRA’s version of Rookie of the Year, and Prock was among the brightest young stars on the circuit this past season, including winning his first national event at the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in suburban Seattle, the 16th race on the 24-race schedule.

What made that first win all the more sweeter is it came at the same event that his boss, legendary 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, captured his milestone 150th career win.

One month ago, Prock set a personal best run of 3.688 seconds at 334.40 mph over veteran driver Doug Kalitta in the first round of eliminations at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals three weeks ago in Ennis, Texas (suburban Dallas).

“I am proud of the season this Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team put together,” Prock said in a media release. “My guys worked their asses off all season long to give me the opportunity to win the Auto Club Road the Future Award. I couldn’t have done it without them.

“I would have never been here without John Force and Robert Hight (president of John Force Racing). They gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream and I owe the world to them. I hope I made them proud.”

Prock became only the 10th rookie in the history of the NHRA pro ranks to both win a race in their first season and also go on to win the Road to the Future award. He also was the 13th rookie in the sport’s history to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six race playoffs.

Prock becomes the sixth John Force Racing driver to earn the Road to the Future Award, joining Tony Pedregon (1996), Hight (2005), Ashley Force-Hood (2007), Mike Neff (2008), Courtney Force (2012) and Brittany Force (2013).

Austin Prock is the son of veteran crew chief Jimmy Prock, who tuned Hight to his third career NHRA Funny Car championship this past Sunday.

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