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It’s Time for Carl Edwards to Earn His Money

June 3rd, 2013 at 7:55 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

Roush Fenway Racing has struggled so far in the 2013 season, winning just one race this season. At Dover Sunday it was a bigger problem as Roush Fenway Racing struggled badly at a track where they have a good track record. Roush Fenway teams did not lead any laps on Sunday and failed to have a car finish in the top ten, something the organization hasn't done since September 2001. Many people are wondering what exactly is going on with the team and can't find an answer as to why the team has been so off in 2013. 

MRN Radio pit road reporter Glenn Jarrett reported Sunday that a former crew chief at Roush Fenway Racing told him that the team is missing Matt Kenseth more than they had originally anticipated. Kenseth was a huge part in what went into the cars at Roush Fenway over the last 13 seasons and the team has to move on without Kenseth in the fold. 

It makes you wonder if Roush Fenway Racing understood exactly what Kenseth meant to the organization. Kenseth left Roush Fenway for unknown reasons at the end of the 2012 season. It was clear that Joe Gibbs Racing wanted a big name driver to replace Joey Logano who the organization did not resign after the 2012 season. Kenseth was whooed by the team a year after rumors that Joe Gibbs Racing wanted Carl Edwards to replace Logano. Edwards resigned with Roush Fenway Racing but rumors had the organization paying him upwards of 20 million dollars a season to drive the #99 car. Joe Gibbs Racing then had to search for another alternative and was able to pull Kenseth from the team. 

'Carl in New York 2' photo (c) 2008, Mark Hodgins - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Now Roush Fenway Racing is turning to Carl Edwards for answers, instead of Matt Kenseth. Edwards, who has 20 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories, has to become the premier driver for the organization. Edwards was valuable for the organization due to his popularity. He is very well liked by the NASCAR fans and has been seen on many television shows across the country. He is also seen appearing as an announcer on many NASCAR races, all things which helps the popularity of driver. 

However, the money Edwards was paid to stay at Roush Fenway Racing has hampered the team in many ways. There were some races in 2012 that Edwards and Roush Fenway could not find sponsorship for his car. Edwards' big money contract means sponsors have to pay more money to the team for Edwards' services. Not only that, many pointed to his extensive deal as the reason Kenseth left for Joe Gibbs Racing. Financially many think that Roush Fenway Racing just couldn't afford to keep Kenseth on the payroll. There is no doubt Kenseth got a big money deal at Gibbs and no one would blame him if he wanted the same amount of money at Roush Fenway. 

Edwards, on the other hand, is now the number one driver at the team and it's time for Edwards to take over Kenseth's role with the organization. It's time for Edwards to work hard and put all the tv stuff behind him and start testing at racetracks to try and fix the problems at the organization. It's time for Edwards to understand the new generation six racecar and help become the driver that Roush Fenway Racing is looking for him to become. It's time for Edwards to show rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr the ropes in the Sprint Cup Series. It's time for Carl Edwards to earn his money. 

Tags: Carl Edwards, matt kenseth, Motorsports, NASCAR, roush fenway racing

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