Edwards has been linked to the ride in rumors that indicate that he has an “out” in his contract with RFR if he failed to make the Chase.
Edwards addressed those rumors saying:
But truly, I can tell you this, I will be driving the No. 99 Fastenal Ford next year. I’ve never explored the option of driving the No. 22 car. That’s why it took me so long to mention to you guys, I thought that was so silly that it had traction, but I guess it had.
Penske is switching to Ford next season, which seemed to fuel the rumors.
There is also a rumor circulating that Shell will move from the No. 22 car to Edwards’ No. 99 and RFR. Edwards addressed that as well:
I’ve never spoken with anyone at Shell. No one has brought that up. … But right now the way I understand it, full disclosure, I know nothing more than I am driving the Fastenal Ford Fusion for Jack Roush next year, the No. 99.
Penske Racing is looking for a driver for its No. 22 car after AJ Allmendinger was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR for failing a drug test. He was later released by Penske. The team hopes to name a driver by Sept. 16th, the start of the Chase.