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Now that the biggest of free agent has re-signed with Roush-Fenway, with big financial help from Ford Motor Company, the Carl Edwards story is finished. According to Jack Roush, Ford Motor Company stepped up to offer Carl Edwards an incentive program, including Ford stock that would that would come to fruition in the third year of the contract!
Still unsettled contractually, Clint Bowyer has yet to finalize his plans with Richard Childress Racing for 2012. It is widely assumed that Bowyer will re-sign with RCR for 2012, even though there are some sponsorship questions that still need to be finalized.
Likewise, Juan Pablo Montoya has yet to commit to another year with Target Chip Ganassi. Like Bowyer, it is expected that JPM will continue driving for EGR #42 Target Chevy in 2012.
However, the future of Brian Vickers is completely up in the air. Since Red Bull Racing has stated that they are pulling out of NASCAR as a race team, Vickers is scouring the garage area for employment opportunities for 2012. In looking at all the powerhouse race teams for 2012, it would appear that “there is no room at the inn” for Vickers! Unless Vickers can bring substantial sponsorship that would allow an established race organization to start a third or fourth team, like Joe Gibbs Racing and/or Stewart-Haas Racing, Vickers may be relegated to an underfunded less competitive race team for 2012.
Now Mark Martin’s future may possibly involve many twists and turns. It is a given that he is out of the Hendrick Motorsports #5 GoDaddy.com Chevy at the end the 2011 season. That is the only thing that is factual. However, there could be many possibilities that Martin could be dealing within deciding his future. First, Martin could get involved in ownership of a Sprint Cup team. There has been some garage rumors stating that Martin could get involved in a partnership ownership status, possibly with a group to take over the Red Bull Racing team. Secondly, Martin is running a very limited Nationwide and Camping World Truck schedule with Turner Motorsports, that could be part of his future plans as well. Could that be where Martin lands for the 2012 season, running a part-time schedule in both series? Could his future be a Sprint Cup team owner and part-time competitor in Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and/or Camping World Trucks series?
What are your thoughts on where these “free agents” may land next year? The possibilities are endless!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!