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Bidding war for Edwards isn't out of the question

January 27, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

CONCORD, N.C. -- Name your price.

That's what Carl Edwards is in position to do as the highest-profile free agent in Sprint Cup racing.

Edwards' three-year deal with Roush Fenway Racing is up for renewal this year, and a bidding war for the services of the talented, charismatic driver isn't out of the question.

That notion, however, runs contrary to Edwards' desire to wrap up contract talks quickly and decisively, the way he did in 2008 when he announced an agreement with owner Jack Roush on May 2, put contract questions to rest and concentrated on driving the No. 99 Ford.

"I'd like to be able to get it done, so that we can just keep focused on winning, and that's the most important thing," Edwards said Wednesday during a Sprint Cup media tour stop at the Roush Fenway hangar at Concord airport.

Edwards will test the market, and he'll choose his next ride -- or decide to stay at Roush Fenway -- based on the situation he believes will provide the best opportunity for success.

"The most important thing to me is that I'm in position to win races -- and not just races," Edwards said. "I want to win championships. That's what I want to do. I know that's what Jack wants to do."