In today’s society it is hard to escape the devastation caused by the economy, it is really evident in the sport that we all love, NASCAR. Just a few weeks after the announcement of Red Bull Racing leaving NASCAR, more big news hit the headlines today, Crown Royal would be next to hit the revolving door.
Crown Royal has been with NASCAR for a decent amount of years now and has built a fan base like none other. Formerly with Jamie McMurray (former Roush Fenway Racing driver in the #26 car), Crown Royal now sponsors Matt Kenseth. Crown Royal has also sponsored the Richmond Spring race for the last couple of seasons.
You have to feel bad for Kenseth fans, when it seems like everything is running smooth, change is always there waiting. Just two short years ago, Kenseth fans experienced a change like no other, DeWalt Racing was leaving the team. DeWalt was all that Kenseth knew at the time and all that his fans knew, but sometimes change works out for the best.
Crown Royal had built a healthy relationship with Kenseth, even through several crew chief changes over the last two years. Surprising enough, Kenseth has been very consistent this year, already winning two races (Texas and Dover), and currently sits sixth in the point standings. Also, Kenseth has had the same crew chief this entire season, which is more than what he could have said over the previous two seasons.
With this sponsorship change, there is many speculation that UPS might make the move to the 17 car from the 6. This move might make the most sense, but Roush Fenway is working diligently to work out a deal to keep UPS with David Ragan. However, UPS might be just holding back to see what fellow Roush Fenway driver Carl Edwards decides to do.
Edwards, who is up on his final year of his contract, could become a desired “free agent” , which is not what Jack Roush would want to see. If Edwards were to go elsewhere, where would he be a good fit?
I could see Edwards either joining Joe Gibbs Racing, or possibly join Stewart-Haas Racing. The Joe Gibbs move seems the most logical if Edwards were to go elsewhere, but I’m not too confident he will. If he were to join JGR, I have a feeling he would take over the 20 car from Joey Logano. If that were to happen, Home Depot would be an awesome fit for Carl and his current sponsor (Aflac Insurance) would be eligible to go elsewhere.
If this were to happen Aflac could go to Kenseth, while UPS would then stay with Ragan. This is entirely complex and depends solely on what Edwards decides to do, but there is plenty of time to sort it out. In the next few weeks, I would expect RFR to work out some sort of contract with Edwards. Until that day comes (probably the end of the season), we must sit back, relax, and watch what happens!