Roush Fenway Racing announced their 2015 driver lineup and one name was missing. That would be Carl Edwards, who previously flirted with leaving the organization, will be moving on after the 2014 season to another team. Roush Fenway’s lineup will be Greg Biffle returning to the #16 3M Ford, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. back in the #17 Fastenal Ford, and Trevor Bayne moving up to the Cup Series in the #6 AdvoCare Ford.
It had been an interesting couple of months as even Biffle flirted with the idea of leaving Roush Fenway, but in the end agreed to stay on. Most suspect his deal with another team, Michael Waltrip Racing, fell apart. Without many other options, he will come back to the team.
“I don’t have the words for what Jack Roush has meant to my career,” said Biffle. “During our 16 years together, we have won multiple championships and numerous races on every level. I am as excited about what the future holds for me here as I am about what we have been able to accomplish in the past. Our goal remains to run up front, win races and become the sports’ first triple-crown winner by having a championship in all three series. I know that we have the right ownership, the right team, the right resources and the right manufacturer to get that done here here at Roush Fenway.”
Stenhouse will get a boost in the arm with finally securing solid sponsorship for 2015 and beyond with Fastenal. The past two years he has had a hodgepodge of sponsors to cover his #17 Ford.
“As a driver, I’m thrilled to have Fastenal on board for next season,” said Stenhouse. “I grew up working in a race shop, helping my dad build cars and racing engines. I appreciate the chance to work with a partner like Fastenal that plays such an important role in building our race cars and helping us win on the track. I’ve had the opportunity to work with them in the past and meet a lot of the men and women that are part of the ‘Blue Team.’ I look forward to representing them on the racetrack, and to taking them to victory lane.”
Bayne will make the jump up to Sprint Cup rookie next season after running partial schedules for the Wood Brothers the past few years. This included the 2011 Daytona 500 victory, so this rookie is no real rookie to the series.
The future for Edwards is a bit cloudy, but most have him going to the Joe Gibbs Racing organization. With no obvious openings with other teams, Edwards would most likely be joining a team that would need to expand their current operation and sponsorship will play into which team can do that.