UPS will drastically decrease their sponsorship of Roush Fenway Racing's No. 6 for David Ragan in 2012 and are looking to move the reduced sponsorship to his teammate Carl Edwards, Sports Business Daily is reporting.
UPS plans to cut back dramatically on its support of Roush Fenway Racing's No. 6 car driven by David Ragan in '12. Sources familiar with the company's plan said it will drop its full-season primary sponsorship of the No. 6 car and sponsor four to six races at RFR in '12. The company is in talks to shift its sponsorship to Carl Edwards, who drives the team's No. 99 car. RFR President Steve Newmark declined to comment and said the team is still in discussions with UPS.
It was announced earlier this week that Fastenal would sponsor Edwards for 17 races in 2012, and it's likely that Edwards' current primary sponsor, Aflac, would be back in some form.
While keeping UPS in-house is a good thing for Roush Fenway — UPS had been linked to Clint Bowyer and his future (or present) destination — it's still a body blow to Roush, as the team now has two drivers and cars without primary sponsorship for 2012 in Ragan and Matt Kenseth.
After winning at Daytona in July, Ragan was looking like a contender for one of the Chase's wild-card berths but has since fallen out of the top 20 in points. Ragan is currently 21st, three points behind Paul Menard and as it stands now, 44 points behind Denny Hamlin for the second wild-card berth.
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