On Sunday morning, Roush Fenway Racing revealed its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series lineup for 2015, a lineup that doesn’t include Carl Edwards. According to the announcement, RFR will field three Sprint Cup teams full-time in 2015 — the No. 16 driven by Greg Biffle, the No. 17 driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 6 driven by Trevor Bayne.
“I will always be thankful for Carl’s contribution and the role he played in many Roush Fenway wins and championships,” car owner Jack Roush said. “We wish him well in the future. In the meantime, we are excited about continuing our quest for a championship with Carl and the No. 99 team in 2014.”
Currently Roush Fenway fields three full-time Sprint Cup entries — Biffle’s No. 16, Stenhouse’s No. 17, and the No. 99 driven by Carl Edwards. Bayne drives for the organization full-time in the Nationwide Series, while also racing part-time at the Sprint Cup level for Wood Brothers Racing.
Silly season rumors have had Edwrds departing RFR at season’s end to drive a fourth entry for Joe Gibbs Racing, while Biffle’s future was up in the air. The Roush Fenway announcement on Sunday, confirmed Biffle’s near future, while also confirming that Edwards will not be with the team next year. There is still no official word on a possible deal between Edwards and Joe Gibbs Racing.
“I don’t have the words for what Jack Roush has meant to my career,” Biffle said. “During our 16 years together, we have won multiple championships and numerous races on every level. I am excited about what the future holds for me here as I am about what we have been able to accomplish in the past.”
Also worth noting is a return to the No. 6. Apparently, Edwards current No. 99 Ford ride will be re-numbered 6 for next season. Bayne currently races the No. 6 in the Nationwide Series. The No. 6 is also Roush’s original number he used when he first embarked on NASCAR Cup-level competition. When the organization scaled back from four to three full-time teams a few years ago, it was the No. 6 program that was cut. David Ragan, currently driving for Front Row Motorsports, was the last driver to drive a Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 full-time in Sprint Cup competition.