The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series just crossed the halfway point of the regular season with Dale Earnhardt Jr winning the Pocono 400. What does this mean?
It means that silly season has officially started for race fans, teams, and drivers! Carl Edwards seems to be leading the rumor mill so far. For those who don’t know about the term “silly season” let me give you a quick description.
Every year contracts between drivers, teams, sponsors, manufactures, crew chiefs, and the preferred pizza delivery for the race shop come under the fan microscope. Long story short: who’s going where… if anyone is going anywhere for that matter. And, as fans and media people, we’re going to ask the same questions over and over again until it’s just… silly. Oh, I threw the pizza delivery thing in just to show how silly things can get.
Carl Edwards is with his longtime team of Roush Fenway Racing (RFR). The silly season thinking so far indicated that teammate Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards may or may not sign back with RFR. According to reports Biffle and RFR seemed to have worked out a deal to keep Biffle in the No. 16 car with 3M as the primary sponsor.
"I really like the program at Roush-Fenway," Biffle said in an interview on the Performance Racing Network. "I really like (sponsor) 3M and that’s really my focus. I have talked with other teams and there are options there but I think Roush is where I want to stay."
In addition to Biffle, and currently Edwards, Trevor Bayne will make the full time jump to RFR for the 2015 season as announced earlier this season. Bayne will pilot the No. 6 car in the Sprint Cup Series. The other announced full time RFR driver is Ricky Stenhouse Jr. But wait, RFR is a three car team... but that's four drivers! Hence the question. Does RFR expand to four cars and all of the money and resources that go with adding another car? Or, do they stay with three cars and part ways with a driver?
All eyes naturally fall on Carl Edwards who is a free agent after this season and as of now has not come to an agreement with RFR to race with them in the 2015 season. What makes this question so interesting is that Edwards is a professional and courteous person who would probably not go out of his way to say a bunch of things in public to fuel the rumor mill fire. In addition; RFR is known to not speak too much about contract deals until things are all bottled up and the ink is semi-dry.
Despite the endless hours of questioning and pondering about where Carl Edwards will hang his helmet during the 2015 season you can bet it will be with a competitive team. He could remain where he is or end up with another team. The point is that he’s way too good of a driver to be walking around the garage area in search of a ride even if it’s just during silly season.