Of course, when Carl Edwards mentions 'big changes' ahead for Roush Fenway Racing, the immediate thought is about his contract status. But Edwards didn't discuss his contract on Friday. He brought up the changes in the context of Roush's performance and how the team is working to find the speed it doesn't think it has before the Chase.
Edwards won at Bristol in March, but it's been an otherwise quiet season for Roush. Neither Greg Biffle nor Ricky Stenhouse has won, and after those two drivers crashed together at Dover last week, Biffle is currently on the outside of the Chase.
"I feel like there have been a bunch of moves internally, lately, that -- definitely will be changes at Roush Fenway Racing," Edwards said. "Chip Bolin moving on, that's a huge change. That shows you the magnitude -- I guess we understand where we're at. We know we have to be faster. And there are big changes trying to address that"
Edwards continued, holding his fingers less than an inch apart during his last sentence for emphasis: "Robbie (Reiser), everybody, Bob Osborne, Jack (Roush), everybody is working as hard as we can and we just have to hope that we work on the right things, we are able to implement the findings and be better. We've got everything there, we just need this much more speed and we'll be good."
Bolin, a longtime engineer and former crew chief with Roush, parted ways with the team in May. Previously, Edwards had said the team was working "smarter" on its cars.
The performance of Roush has added a layer to the speculation about the contracts of Biffle and Edwards. Both are up at the end of the year, and it doesn't take much common sense to realize that finding the potential speed in the Roush cars has a positive correlation with the chances of re-signing either driver.
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