Sports Business Journal reported today that UPS will cut back it’s sponsorship commitment in NASCAR, which raises the question on whether or not David Ragan will stay a Roushkateer, or go elsewhere.
Ragan is sponsored by UPS for Roush Fenway Racing this season and has been involved in this sport for a long time. The report, citing unnamed sources, said that UPS will drop the No. 6 car as a ‘full-time’ sponsor and possibly go to another Roush Fenway driver for a total of four to eight races. The report later went on to say that Carl Edwards would receive the benefit of having UPS on board for next season.
Edwards has already been in the news this week, as Fastenal announced they would be his primary sponsor for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season (running 17 races next year).
Not only will Roush need to find a sponsor for the No. 6 car now, but they will also have to find a sponsor for Matt Kenseth, as Crown Royal announced earlier this season they would be out for the 2012 season.
Aside from the sponsorship issues Roush is experiencing, the bigger question- “Who will drive the No. 6 car next year?”
Certainly it’s still Ragan’s ride, but rumors are beginning to spread that Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., or even Clint Bowyer could occupy his car.
There are many ‘issues’ that will need to be worked out fairly soon, as the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season prepares to come to a close.
Post earlier this week about Clint Bowyer ‘possibly’ joining RFR: http://www.thepacelap.com/2011/08/all-eyes-on-clint-bowyer-will-he-or-wont-he-join-rfr/