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Gibbs teams lost their oil pans but made a strong pitch for Edwards in Michigan

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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2 Responses to “Gibbs teams lost their oil pans but made a strong pitch for Edwards in Michigan”

  1. Charles Says:
    June 20th, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Now would be a good time for Dale Jr to be looking other teams as well!!

    Ford Racing could benefit from getting Jr!

    If I were him I surely would be testing the waters!

    If Edwards goes with Gibbs, he should consider Roush, or RCR, Boyers contract is up as well!

    Just because Jr is running just a little better this year doesnt be Hendrick has or will be a good fit! Plus Hendricks shrewdness will surely want Jr because of all the money he bring to his stable!

    Sometimes things just dont work out, and change can be a good thing!

  2. Sue Rarick Says:
    June 20th, 2011 at 7:09 am

    A back door way of saying Edwards would fit in at JGR. I did a quick search of the JGR homes and Edwards home. And what suprised me was that both Edwards and Kyle have large but reasonable (considering their salaries) sized homes. The reason this matters is that a home reflects a drivers personality more than a press conference. To me it shows that both are confident enough in their position not to need outside garnishes. Both are basically down to earth guys that also have an obsession to win.