The Future Is Closing In On Jack Roush’s Team
Jack Roush has used his own hands to build his NASCAR teams into winners. What happens when Roush decides he's had enough? (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Earlier this year, during a break in on-track action at Kansas Speedway, an old friend and former Roush Fenway Racing insider stopped by to bench race. Naturally the conversation turned to the former employer and when it did, the conversation turned kind of dismal.
When asked about the long-term future of RFR, the former employee, who left the team on good terms, said that the fear is that there may be no long-term future for the team that Jack built into one of NASCAR’s elite.
That conversation immediately came to mind when word came out of Indianapolis on Sunday that Carl Edwards had opted not to return to RFR after his contract expires at the end of the 2014 season.
The waters have gotten choppy for Jack Roush and his NASCAR teams and drivers the last couple of years. Though still a top-tier team, RFR has dropped to the bottom of the top tier.
Since Matt Kenseth departed after the 2012 season, there have only been five race victories by the three Roush drivers. Four of those wins have come by way of the No. 99 Ford of Edwards. Greg Biffle, the other true veteran Read the full story »