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Edwards Staying At RFR
08-04-2011, 11:54 AM
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Edwards Staying At RFR
From ESPN blog:
http://espn.go.com/racing/blog/_/name/bl...eason-cold

"All talk and no action.

That's how things will play out in the end with Carl Edwards telling Joe Gibbs, "Thanks, but no thanks" to a multimillion-dollar offer to switch teams.

Edwards surprised almost everyone by deciding to stay at Roush Fenway Racing, an unexpected change of heart after Ford officials reportedly tossed in a gigantic pot of cash to help keep him at RFR.

Jack Roush couldn't come close to what Joe Gibbs Racing was offering Edwards, reportedly in the neighborhood of $8 million a year and a $10 million signing bonus.

So Ford came to the rescue in an unprecedented move to salvage the negotiations. It was the right thing to do. Without Edwards, Ford's marketing potential in NASCAR would have decreased substantially.

Jimmie Johnson is the five-time Cup champion and Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the sport's most popular driver, but Edwards is a marketing machine, a prototypical modern-day driver who is as comfortable in front of a camera as he is behind the wheel.

Edwards is Ford's signature star. Every available dollar had to be spent to keep him.

The announcement Thursday also means that the No. 99 Ford is back in contention for the 2011 title. You may say, "When did he stop being a contender?"

Edwards leads in the standings, but had he announced he was going to Gibbs, he was done, as Jeff Gordon said last week. Lame-duck teams don't win championships. Now everyone on the 99 crew will approach the rest of the 2011 season with a renewed vigor to win the Cup title.

Edwards staying at Roush also probably means the other free agents stay put as well. Edwards was the kingpin in silly season. Had he left RFR, it could have caused a domino effect with other free agents making moves to fill in the pieces of the puzzle.

Edwards has effectively eliminated the options. Clint Bowyer probably will stay at Richard Childress Racing, assuming Childress can line up the funding. Juan Pablo Montoya is likely to stay at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. Ryan Newman probably stays at Stewart-Haas Racing.

Gibbs still has room for a fourth car, but that hinged on Edwards driving for Home Depot to challenge Johnson and Lowe's. No one else really fills that role for Home Depot the way Edwards would, and Gibbs officials have said repeatedly they wouldn't expand to a fourth car unless all the pieces were in place with the proper funding. Without Edwards, the proper pieces aren't there.

Joey Logano may stay in the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota after all, but there must be some leftover hard feelings on Logano's end and major disappointment for Home Depot officials. Making that work going forward won't be easy.

So don't look for major changes in the driver lineup now. A few things will change. No one knows what will happen with Red Bull. Maybe Mark Martin and Brian Vickers will be part of a new deal there, maybe not.

With Edwards returning to Roush, there's no place for others to go. It was all talk and no action.

Oh well, there's still Danica Patrick to talk about."



Looks like Carl Edwards signed a multi-year contract with RFR and Ford. So hopefully that means Joey is staying in the 20 car but Edwards still does not have sponsorship. Should be an interesting rest of the season and off season. You know this has to have an affect on Joey, may not be a big one but still an affect.
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08-04-2011, 02:12 PM
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I TOLD YOU GUYS! LOL. Lesson 1 don't doubt CJF! HEHE..

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08-04-2011, 04:15 PM
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THANK GOD!! joey keeps the 20

Heres to 2013!!! New Relationships & New Beginnings!
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08-04-2011, 04:49 PM
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Yes !!!! Great news for Joey and for us fans but,,,,,,it must play some big-time mind games with Joey and Zippy, and the crew. Hope they don't make Joey feel like he is just the left-over, hope they don't go down hill....gws
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08-04-2011, 07:50 PM
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Wow, this was great news to hear. I know a lot of the goodies Carl got but there are some underlying things we don't know. Carl was signed by JGR so..... Glad to see Joey will sleep better tonight. Wouldnt be surprised if HD went to Roush.....
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08-05-2011, 10:25 AM
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hd is staying

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08-06-2011, 04:38 PM
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Hope u r right CJF
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08-06-2011, 04:47 PM
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Yes, if they drop Joey, it would be a mistake, he is young and still coming forth, his future should be bright.....gws
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08-07-2011, 04:14 PM
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Wonder what HD is thinking right now......... Come back rain!
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08-07-2011, 04:29 PM
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Nice going so far for Joey,,,,,his interviews seem to have improved also, he is being more articulate and also has a nice sense of humor.....gws
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08-07-2011, 11:33 PM
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Still not out of the woods yet. Would't be surprise if Gibbs trys to bring someone else in, Maybe Bowyer (Hope not).
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08-08-2011, 08:02 AM
Post: #12
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Hate to be pessimistic, but, after the rain yesterday, Joey could not do any good, what happened to him.???? So, yeah, he may not be out of the woods yet.......gws
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08-08-2011, 05:37 PM
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Bowyer, Montoya will bot resign. Joey got the pole, lead the 2nd most laps in the race, was top 5 or 6 all day and just ran over something while going three wide on a re start with 15 to go running 6th and had to pit for a tire going down...now what in the world what Clint Bowyer or anyone else F ing done differently in that situation?!

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Vermont#1Fan (08-11-2011)
08-08-2011, 05:38 PM
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Everytime he has a clean run as in a wheel doesn't fall off or whatever, he is top 5 or 10. With a little luck not only is he in the chase he's probably top 7 or 8

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Vermont#1Fan (08-11-2011)
08-08-2011, 08:00 PM
Post: #15
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Problem is CJF we live in fact, not fiction and it is frustrating for fans. I get it and look at it as you do, he has been much better than where he stands. And fans, fanatics want the best always and then the trolls love to come and play which never pay attention to people who actually have time to troll and take time out of their day to act like morons, but anyway. It is what it is and I do feel Joey has a win coming this year. We all wanted to this to be his breakout season and the media built it up as well. He is ONLY 21 and almost has 100 races under his belt and there are not many people who even get to Cup this early. He is going to be dominant soon and we know it
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Vermont#1Fan (08-11-2011)
08-11-2011, 10:50 PM
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20forLogano.....True, so true, you hit it right on the nail....good post,,,,,gws
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08-12-2011, 12:25 AM (This post was last modified: 08-12-2011 12:26 AM by JLO22.)
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i do honestly believe that he's safe for next year however next year is contract year and if it goes like this year has than i can't see home depot being very satisfied.i have faith in the team though and believe a breakout stretch is coming on.
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09-03-2011, 03:29 PM
Post: #18
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Fastenal signed on to be the sponsor for Edwards next year with UPS sprinkled in some so looks like HD staying put with Joey. Let's hope that puts silly season behind us and they can build some momentum for next year.
I really think we need to see a win in these next 12 for the Team. I know they had some great runs at the end of last year and we all thought including the media this was his breakout season. It hasn't turned out that way and all this pressure was brought to fruition and people are doubting Joey. I think if he could nail a win or two it would be the biggest shot in the arm for everyone.
100 races tomorrow night and to think he is still only 21...... GL Joey and the whole 20 team
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