NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle are what many would consider to be lame-duck drivers at the moment. Neither of them currently has a contract for next season at the time of this writing. Not only are they without 2015 contracts but their Roush Fenway Racing team also has a handful of young talent that is hoping to get a Sprint Cup ride next season.
Last week Biffle was asked about his contract and he seemed positive that a deal was coming. Later in the week Biffle was doing some press work with Ford Racing. It was during this time that he was asked again if there was any news to report about his contract.
I think so. I think we are getting closer. 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 on the other hand isn’t quite as positive on the matter. This isn’t to say that he is negative, instead Edwards simply isn’t choosing to really discuss the matter. While doing the same press rounds as Biffle for Ford Racing, Edwards was asked if he had any news in regards to a contract extension moving forward.
No. 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.
Ultimately one would have to assume that RFR locks up both of these drivers for 2015 and most likely beyond. However, you have to take into consideration the other drivers on the team. Aside from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who already has a Sprint Cup ride, the team also has Trevor Bayne, Ryan Reed and Chris Buescher. I am not saying any of those drivers should take the spot of Biffle or Edwards, but if RFR decides to go young who knows what could happen.
The other interesting thing to consider is who else is going to be a free agent after this season. At the moment Marcos Ambrose and Clint Bowyer both have expiring contracts as well. With that in mind you have to consider the possibility of RFR making a run at one of the or Biffle and Edwards being courted to go elsewhere. NASCAR always seems to have these sorts of things worked out well before the season ends and I don’t expect this to be any different. If I had to make a wager, I would bet Edwards and Biffle stay with RFR.
Source: Ford Racing Press Release