It’s no surprise that Carl Edwards will be racing in NASCAR next season. Who he will be racing for however is still somewhat of a mystery.
Edwards contract with the only team he’s raced for in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Roush-Fenway Racing, is up at the end of this season. The last time Edwards had to make a contract decision was in 2008. That time however, very little thought went into it. Edwards signed the contract extension and it was announced in early May after three victories to that point. He would go on to score six more wins and finish second in the points for his career best season to date.
Fast forward three years. Edwards has one victory and is leading the standings just past the halfway point in the season. Yet this season unlike 2008, Edwards value as a potential free agent seems much higher. And unlike 2008, there has been no signature on a contract leaving a cloud of uncertainty hanging over Edwards.
There has been much speculation and rumors concerning the Columbia Missouri driver’s future. He is allegedly being courted by Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota while his current team owner Jack Roush remains optimistic that he will stay right where he’s at.
One thing’s for certain; Edwards considers the decision and the speculation a thorn in his side, an off track distraction that he doesn’t need right now.
“If it were up to me,” Edwards told the media this weekend prior to winning the NASCAR Nationwide series race at Nashville. “I wouldn’t even think about this until the year was over.”
Unfortunately however in today’s NASCAR with multi-million sponsorships and the marketing that goes along with it, waiting until the seasons over isn’t an option for a driver in NASCAR’s top tier series so a decision and an announcement will have to come sooner than later.
Edwards is well aware of all the rumors flying around about his future but says he pays them no mind.
“I don’t read that stuff. But people come tell me about it,” Edwards said.
The speculation though continues and will continue until the final decision is announced. Some are saying that Edwards would be better off right where he’s at, while others think his future would be better served elsewhere.
It’s probably better that Edwards doesn’t read that ‘stuff’. Because in the end Carl Edwards will do what Carl Edwards wants to do. He will make a decision based on what’s best for his career, his growing family and his future; only he knows the answers to those questions.
“I just want to make the best decision that I can,” Edwards said. “I want to make the right decision and do the right thing.”
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