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Edwards remains quiet on contract
Carl Edwards remains mum on his status for 2012.
The current NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader says the only contract he’s signed was his last one with Jack Roush three years ago.
Whether there’s a current contract or not, the latest scuttlebutt has Edwards driving the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2012 for a staggering amount of money -- $8 million as a base, plus a $10 million signing bonus.
When Kyle Busch was asked about Edwards’ possible move to Joe Gibbs Racing, he replied with a chuckle, “Eighteen million? He’s making a lot of money then.”
Another scribe suggested to Busch that he might want to renegotiate his contract.
“No kidding,” Busch said. “I will. Good thing it’s up in two years. There’s no such thing as a $10 million signing bonus in this sport. Maybe football, but I’m not very good at football, so I wouldn’t get one.”
Busch, who is currently fifth in the points standings and is tied with Kevin Harvick at a series season best of three wins, returned to his analysis of Edwards joining the Joe Gibbs fold. He’s encouraged that it would mean that JGR would be gaining a fourth team for the additional contribution it would bring to the organization.
“If Carl comes over to Gibbs I think it would be beneficial to the company because he’s really good at what he does,” Busch said. “He has great communication. He’s got good feedback. He’s been one of the top three or four guys in the sport every year he’s been around -- or at least every year Roush has had good stuff and has run competitively.
“I feel like Carl would certainly mesh well and fit in and we could have better results if we could make it a four-car team. I wouldn’t want to see Joey (Logano) go anywhere. I would hope we could work it where Carl is our fourth guy.”
Several sources have mentioned Logano moving to a fourth car sponsored by NAPA, the current sponsor on the No. 56 Toyota. When asked about NAPA’s future relationship with MWR, a team principal said the contract runs through 2012 and NAPA is committed to that agreement.
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