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Report: Kyle Busch, M&Ms to remain together

June 23, 2014, Staff report,

Carl Edwards' status fueled speculation, caused JGR response

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If Carl Edwards does drive for Joe Gibbs Racing next season, it won't be in a No. 18 car backed by M&Ms.


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Team president J.D. Gibbs shut down that bit of speculation Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, telling that Kyle Busch, M&Ms and the No. 18 car were all under contract to remain together in 2015. Gibbs' comments were in response to an earlier report intimating that JGR might move Busch to a different car with a different sponsor in order to facilitate an addition of Edwards.

Edwards, who won Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 on the Sonoma road course, is in the final year of his current contract with Roush Fenway Racing, and his plans for 2015 remain unknown. The two-time championship runner-up has won twice this season to effectively lock up his place in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The FOX Sports report also said any decision on a fourth car at JGR likely wouldn't be finalized until September at the earliest. In the media center after Sunday's race, Edwards downplayed the speculation over his future.

"I think you guys worry about that more than we do," he told the media. "We come out here and race every week, and the mission is to win the championship. So for me, it's really simple. I just have to give the best I can every week, and that's it."


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