With Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. off the market, Joey Logano holds the biggest piece of the free agency puzzle.
McMurray signed a contract extension with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing and Truex will announce on Friday he’s signed a new deal to stay in the No. 56 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing.
Kenseth is headed to the No. 20 Toyota at Joe Gibbs Racing, pushing Logano out of that ride and into the rumor mill.
Logano could stay at JGR in a new fourth team or he could be AJ Allmendinger’s permanent replacement in Roger Penske’s No. 22 Ford in 2013.
Penske admitted last Saturday Logano was a candidate for the job.
Meanwhile, Carl Edwards dismissed a rumor Wednesday that he will join Penske Racing next season.
Edwards brought the rumor up unprompted. He is in the first year of a new contract with Roush Fenway Racing, but there has been speculation he is trying to negotiate an out to take the opening at Penske.
“There’s been a lot of talk about me driving the 22 car, that’s impossible,” Edwards said. “First of all, I haven’t discussed that with anyone ever. And, (number) two, I am contracted to drive the 99 car.”
Edwards said he felt he should address the rumor because sponsors have heard the talk and have asked the driver his plans.
BIFFLE WANTS BONUS: Two weeks ago when Jimmie Johnson led the Sprint Cup Series standings, he suggested the driver who is the leader after the 26th race should be rewarded before the Chase for the Championship starts.
Now that Greg Biffle is the leader, he agrees.
“Well, obviously I am leading the points so I am going to have a biased opinion but a really truly unbiased opinion on this is that if you ask any driver and it is very difficult to lead these points,” Biffle said.
The only bonuses given before the playoffs are 10 points for each victory during the regular season.
“Reward for the wins but with a minor reward for being where you are at in the points,” he said.