NASCAR: Carl Edwards Signs Contract Extension with Roush Fenway Racing

Luke KrmpotichContributor IIAugust 4, 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 02:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, greets fans during driver introductions prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke ZERO 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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NASCAR's biggest free agent is off the market.

Carl Edwards has re-signed with Roush Fenway Racing to a multi-year deal. This resolution to the uncertainty of his contract situation should help the points leader as he seeks his first Sprint Cup championship.

It appears that Edwards' decision ultimately didn't come down to a matter of contract money. Edwards turned down an offer from Joe Gibbs Racing, saying RFR provides "the resources I need to win."

As RFR president Steve Newmark said: "I can tell you unequivocally that Carl has always told us this was not about the money. I really believe that is the case. He is passionate about winning championships and that is the sole focus."

The 31-year-old Edwards came close to a championship in 2008, winning nine races and finishing second to Jimmie Johnson in the title hunt. This season is his best chance since that campaign to finally break through for a championship at NASCAR's highest level.

Teammate Greg Biffle had noted a few days ago that it would be "best for everybody" if Edwards let his intentions be known so that sponsorship deals could be worked out. Now that Edwards has signed an extension, no deal has been reported on Aflac deciding to re-up along with Edwards at Roush.

Another possibility is that fellow RFR sponsor UPS could request to sponsor Edwards rather than the somewhat disappointing David Ragan it has sponsored for the past four seasons.

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However, negotiations regarding sponsorship should move forward quickly now that Edwards has re-signed with RFR.

Now that his contract situation is taken care of, Edwards ought to be able to focus solely on the task of winning races and winning the Sprint Cup title.

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