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Will Home Depot really leave JGR for Edwards?

By admin | August 31, 2011

By Richard Allen

Throughout much of the summer the biggest source of speculation in the NASCAR world was whether or not driver Carl Edwards would leave his Roush Fenway Racing team for Joe Gibbs Racing. As it turns out, it seems to have been sponsor Home Depot who was as much after Edwards as the JGR organization.

The relationship between Home Depot and the Gibbs team is one of the longest standing in NASCAR. In 1999 the home improvement store began sponsoring JGR cars driven by Tony Stewart and have been a part of the #20 operation ever since. But in 2009, Stewart left that team to become a driver/owner for Stewart- Hass Racing.

When Stewart left, young Joey Logano was rushed into one of the sport’s premier rides. Since the two-time champion’s departure, times have been lean for the JGR Toyota. Logano has managed but one Sprint Cup win in his time at JGR while Home Deport’s most serious competitor, Lowe’s, has been on an extraordinary run of race wins and season championships with Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports.

Perhaps just a damaging to Logano’s chances of keeping the sponsor, his teammates, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, have won numerous races and have contended for championships while he has languished.

If the rumors that have circulated rather wildly for the past couple of weeks are true, then Home Depot very much covets Edwards for his marketability as well as his ability to win races and compete for titles.

Could it be that Home Depot is willing to end a twelve year relationship with Gibbs to go after the image conscious and hard driving Edwards? It certainly looks that way.

It would appear as if JGR knew of their sponsor’s uneasiness, which is why they initially pursued Edwards.

And it could be that JGR has already provided a clue as to how this will all turn out. Just recently, the Toyota team announced that they would no longer build their own engines entirely but instead would enter into a partnership with the auto manufacturer’s in house racing engine company, TRD. Perhaps the team knows it is losing one of its primary sponsors and has had to seek cost cutting measures.

Home Depot apparently is seeking a return to the limelight that they have been missing since Tony Stewart went in another direction. It’s looking more and more like Carl Edwards is the driver they believe will return them to prominence.

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8 Responses to “Will Home Depot really leave JGR for Edwards?”

  1. Ken Says:
    August 31st, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Don’t worry! Home Depot isn’t going anywhere! They will stay at Gibbs Racing, and they will stay with Joey Lagano. The kid just needs some time, and you watch, within the next year or two, he will be challenging for the Championship. He’s only just beginning!

  2. Curtis Webster Says:
    September 1st, 2011 at 10:42 am

    The kid is in his third year with the 20 team, and he still has yet to show the aggressiveness needed to contend for a championship. Granted, he was brought up at least a year too soon, and it has been a steep learning curve, but he has all the resources he will ever need to contend.

    Personally, I think Home Depot and Carl edwards would make a great team. Carl has the personality to do commercials and other media that Home Depot needs desperately to compete with Lowes. Joey just doesn’t have much personality at all, or at least has not been able to show it.

  3. Richard Allen Says:
    September 1st, 2011 at 11:01 am

    It has just been announced that Fastenal will sponsor Edwards on a limited basis in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012.

    What remains to be seen is whether Home Depot wants to remain as a full time sponsor or scale back as Budweiser did with Kevin Harvick. If they want to remain a full time sponsor then they would likely stay with JGR. If not, they might move to the high profile Edwards for a limited number of races.

  4. mr clause Says:
    September 1st, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Would a reunion with Tony be out of the realm of possibility? That would offer Home Depot a reduced cost sponsorship. Tony has to find a sponsor for Danica’s fill in. Could be a good fit.

  5. Charles Says:
    September 1st, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Home Deport would have made a great move to sponsor Edwards at Roush!

    With the type of money they would provide they could strengthen Roush, sadly it takes mega buck to win!

  6. Bob Says:
    September 1st, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Would be fair of Home Depot to want of Joey’s car…if they’re paying top sponsor dollar they’re getting mid-pack results so something had to change. But moving to Roush would be foolist, we see what a great deal UPS has gotten moving to Roush. Who is Kasey Kahne’s sponsor next year? now that would be a good deal for Home Depot.

  7. Russ Edwards Says:
    September 1st, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Sponsors dont pay millions for some rookies on the job training. Fastenal only doing 17 with Roush. So…. Home Depot could save money and move closer to a winning team by a partial sponsorship with Roush.

  8. Mike Southern Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Given the benefit of an extra day of news cycle, the answer we now know is no.