Cup Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2013 in Sonoma, California.

Published on April 14th, 2014 | by Michael J Smith


Biffle Close To Re-Signing; Edwards Mum

Roush Fenway Racing drivers Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards are slated to become free agents at the end of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season.

In 2011, Biffle signed a three-year extension with RFR. At that time, Biffle said he had no interest in testing the free agent market. There’s no reason to think that this year is any different.

In the media center at Darlington Raceway, Biffle said that he and RFR are close on an extension. He said:

There are a lot of moving parts to a contract and a lot of new people at 3M but I know the folks are going up there next week to visit some more. I have a feeling it is getting closer. I know there has been a lot of activity. The program works really well for them and we have the America Red Cross on the car this weekend so it is a good program for 3M and I think they are happy and it looks like we are closing in on an announcement. Hopefully here soon we will have something.

Edwards, however, wasn’t as forthcoming as Biffle. When asked about his contract at Darlington, Edwards said:

I would rather not even talk about it. I have no news and when there is nothing to say all I could do is stir it up. I promise you, no drama. No drama.

In 2008, Edwards briefly considered free agency before re-signing with RFR. In 2011, he seemed to be considering free agency again. At that time he said:

What I want to do is what is going to give me the best chance to win the most championships.

He was rumored to be considering Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 and Team Penske’s No. 22, though he later said he wasn’t.

He ended up re-signing with RFR.

Edwards may consider free agency at the end of the season, but there aren’t very many quality rides out there. Clint Bowyer’s contract with Michael Waltrip Racing expires at the end of the year, but there is no reason to think that they won’t re-sign him. Marcos Ambrose’s contract with Richard Petty Motorsports alos expires. But, like Bowyer, there is no reason to think that RPM won’t re-sign Ambrose.

Those are the only competitive rides out there. While Penske, JGR, MWR, Chip Ganassi Racing, and Richard Childress Racing could all accommodate another team, it is highly unlikely that any of those teams would expand. But, if Edwards brings his sponsors with him, any one of those teams would probably consider it.

Still, I think Edwards is going to re-sign with RFR.

Update 05-09-14: After sounding confident that he was nearing a deal with Roush Fenway Racing, Greg Biffle backtracked a bit. When speaking to Claire B. Lang of Sirius/XM Radio, he said:

I think there’s plenty of opportunities in the industry to be in competitive cars. I enjoy being at Roush Fenway. I love 3M. We have a great relationship and the program works really, really well for 3M … Plain and simply, I’ve got options. I know I’m going to be racing. I know I’m going to be driving a car. So I’m not worried about it.

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Michael J. Smith is a NASCAR enthusiast and blogger. In addition to founding this website, Michael is a journalist with over a decade of experience writing for prestigious media organizations.

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