NASCAR: Is Carl Edwards Leaving Roush Fenway for Joe Gibbs Racing?

DJ Bumgarner@DJBumgarnerContributor IIIJuly 25, 2011

LEBANON, TN - JULY 23:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #60 Fastenal Ford, poses in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway on July 23, 2011 in Lebanon, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Every year around this time, NASCAR fans are greeted with rumors about who's contract is expiring and where they'll be going for the following season, and 2011 is no different.

Perhaps the largest rumor of them all is the one concerning Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards. Edwards currently leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in points, but with his contract expiring he's rumored to be heading to Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the 2011 season.

Given Edwards' current situation at Roush, one might wonder why he would even think about leaving.

Let's be honest though, RFR hasn't been the most consistent program year in and year out, while on the other hand, Gibbs has generally been very good. Gibbs has been constantly competing for wins, and they've been running towards the front of the field on most weekends.

Everyone over at Gibbs besides Joey Logano has done very well for themselves, and I believe Logano could as well, but he's had some rotten luck this year after being one of the most consistent Cup drivers towards the end of 2010.

A move to Gibbs would give Edwards a great chance of winning races and competing for Championships every year, while having a great team behind him and a great leader in Joe Gibbs. If Edwards does sign the dotted line, the following questions will come up.

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What happens to Joey Logano?

Logano has had some rotten luck, as I said, but has also had some decent runs. If this deal happens, a few different things can play out.

Gibbs could expand to a four car operation, and maybe Gamestop might move up to sponsor Logano while Edwards takes over the #20 ride with Home Depot. This could potentially be a disastrous move though, because with Gibbs having some engine issues this year, moving to a four car operation may not be the best of ideas.

Maybe we'll see Logano get booted back down to the Nationwide series. It's no secret that Logano was rushed to Cup to take over the ride when Tony Stewart left. A full year in that series could do him some good, and maybe another ride will open up in the future.

It's possible that Logano won't be with Gibbs at all next year, and he could potentially be on the outside looking in. If that's the case he'd be best off if he started putting up some good numbers, because I don't see too many teams that would be interested in him right now unless he picks it up.

While anything is possible, nothing has been confirmed and all we can do is speculate.


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