By admin | June 19, 2011
By Richard Allen
Early in this past racing weekend the teams fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing had the oil pans from their cars confiscated by NASCAR. Initially it was said that the parts had not been submitted to the sanctioning body for prior approval. However, the size and shape of the pans was later brought into question. It is thought that the JGR crews were attempting to gain an advantage from the offending parts by shifting weight and creating a lower center of gravity in the front end of their cars.
If they were indeed daring to do something that might set their cars apart from every other car in the field, they must have had something else going for them in Michigan. Even after the oil pans were taken away and presumably replaced by those similar to the ones used by other teams, JGR scored the win with Denny Hamlin and a 3rd place with Kyle Busch.
Just imagine what they might have done had their oil pans had not been taken away.
And in another story making the rounds this weekend regarding JGR, the organization is apparently making a bid to land potential free agent driver Carl Edwards away from Roush Fenway Racing.
If they are to get beyond the rumor stage in this contest(and I would assume they already have since the story has suddenly gotten legs), they have to prove to the driver that their organization is one where he can win races and championships. With those afore mentioned finishes in Michigan, they proved they could win races on a track that has been previously dominated by the organization Edwards currently drives for.
While almost certainly money is an issue in the Edwards negotiations, matters such as the ability to be competitive and win championships may well be the deciding factor. RFR has shown the ability to win races this year and has won championships in the past. JGR has done those things as well.
But in the race for the services of Carl Edwards, JGR made a great sales pitch in Michigan on Sunday.
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