Carl Edwards going to Joe Gibbs Racing next year was one of the worst-kept secrets in the NASCAR garage area for nearly five months.
Both Edwards and Gibbs ended all the speculation Tuesday by announcing they were creating a fourth team for Edwards next year.
After spending all 13 years of his NASCAR career with Roush Fenway Racing, Edwards decided months ago he wanted to do something different.
He will join a team that already has Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth.
“Being able to be teammates with those guys is exciting,” Edwards said. “I’ve been teammates with a lot of great drivers, and I know how important that is. It just felt like it was time to change. And it’s something I’m extremely excited about.”
Greg Biffle, his current teammate at Roush, said he believes Edwards left because the Roush cars have struggled with new rules this year to find speed.
But the Gibbs cars haven’t been that good, either. In fact, the entire Toyota camp said they are behind.
The three current Gibbs cars have combined to win twice — Busch and Hamlin have one victory each.
Edwards won 23 races, including twice this year, with Roush. He lost the 2011 Sprint Cup Series championship to Tony Stewart in a tiebreaker.
Edwards will drive the No. 19 Toyota next year with primary sponsorship from ARRIS Group.
Xfinity might be new title sponsor
Sports Business Daily reported Monday that Comcast Xfinity is negotiating to become the title sponsor next year for what’s now known as the Nationwide Series.
The deal would include $9 million in rights and another $9 million in media next year, the magazine reported.
Nationwide will withdraw its sponsorship of NASCAR’s second-tier series at the end of the current season. The insurance company decided to put its money on the side of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Sprint Series car instead.
The sport is getting ready for a new television package for next year that includes Fox Sports and NBC. Comcast likely can get a lot for its money, as it owns NBC.