Published on June 8th, 2014 | by Michael J Smith0
Penske: ‘No Interest’ In Edwards
Last week, Fox Sports’s Darrell Waltrip predicted that Carl Edwards would leave Roush Fenway Racing, but stick with Ford by moving to Penske Racing.
He also hinted that Greg Biffle is headed to Michael Waltrip Racing, despite it being reported that Biffle was close to re-signing with RFR. Michael Waltrip deflected that scenario saying that he thought Biffle would stay at RFR, despite rumors that Biffle is considering leaving.
Penske Racing owner Roger Penske denied that the team had any interest in Edwards to Catchfence.com. He said:
There’s no interest. We don’t have the sponsorship to do a third full-time team and he’s under contract with Roush Fenway Racing. It doesn’t make sense.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that Penske isn’t considering Edwards.
Of course Penske is not going to express interest in Edwards. That might give RFR incentive to make a better offer to Edwards. So Penske, like any other owner, is going to play his card close to his chest.
If Edwards doesn’t take his current sponsors with him, he is sure to attract a sponsor, given his marketability. So, Edwards could bring the sponsorship required for Penske to run a full-time third team.
And, at season’s end, his contract will expire. So, Penske would have the opportunity to sign him.
The only thing that might hurt him is that he and Brad Keselowski have had several on-track issues, and don’t seem to be the best of friends. But, this is a business. And Edwards will bring money with him, wherever he goes. That may be enough to overcome the relationship with Keselowski.