By admin | July 27, 2011
By Richard Allen
Rumors have flown through the NASCAR garage area and beyond that Carl Edwards is at least considering a move from his current Roush Fenway Racing team to the Joe Gibbs Racing organization. If that should come to fruition, JGR would have one of the most formidable driver lineups in NASCAR with perhaps only that of Hendrick Motorsports to rival them.
But one thing that will be fun to consider should Edwards head to the Toyota camp is whether he and then teammate Kyle Busch could co-exist under the same corporate umbrella. These are two rather large personalities that are not shy about creating and/or seeking heated rivalry and controversy.
Consider that even though JGR driver Denny Hamlin is someone who can be more than a little temperamental, he is still overshadowed by Busch on the Gibbs team. Both fans and fellow competitors are much more in tune to what Busch is doing than either Hamlin or the much less prolific Joey Logano.
Busch has never shied from controversy. He has had well publicized run-ins with just about every major player in the sport at one time or another. Dale Earnhardt, Jr and his â€˜Junior Nationâ€™ have felt the sting of Buschâ€™s jabs as well as Brad Keselowski, his own brother and his own teammates. And, he was involved in a very much talked about dust up earlier this season with legendary team owner Richard Childress.
Perhaps most importantly for this conversation, Busch once had a little post race bumping match with Edwards a few years back in Bristol. And, the two have exchanged some verbal barbs from time to time throughout their careers.
If Edwards were to set up his tent in the JGR camp, the fact that Busch receives the most attention there would change immediately. From his post-race back flips to his physical confrontations and on-track bumping matches with other drivers, Edwards is someone who commands attention.
There would seemingly be no way these two would not butt heads being so closely aligned.
Edwards current teammates at RFR seem to be the type individuals who have no problem letting their more high strung fellow competitor garner the notices from the media and fans. That wonâ€™t be the case at JGR, even for the â€˜Newâ€™ Kyle Busch.
Granted, there have been, and are, teams with drivers who do not get along all that well. This could have been seen as far back as the Darrell Waltrip and Neil Bonnett pairing of the 1980s under Junior Johnsonâ€™s banner. And as already mentioned, Busch has had dust ups with Denny Hamlin before, most notably during and after the 2010 Sprint All Star Race in Charlotte.
At least Busch wouldnâ€™t have to go far to stir up trouble. There will be the potential for plenty of it in his own garage between he and his teammates.
Teammates who donâ€™t get along can still be successful. However, these two very dynamic and attention seeking personalities possibly being put together on one team. It may well give owners Joe and J.D. Gibbs plenty of stomach pains if this occurs. Perhaps some ulcer medication would be well served to sponsor one or both of these guys should Edwards actually make the rumored move.
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