Edwards finished last year's Chase level on points with Tony Stewart, and lost the title on a tiebreaker of most races won. This season has proved to be a typical "hangover" year familiar to those who came close to a title but just fell short. But neither Edwards nor his team have given up hope of making it through into the Chase again in 2012 just yet.
"Our commitment to winning a championship with the #99 in 2012 has not wavered," insisted team owner Jack Roush. "I'm committed to providing the resources to Carl and to his team to do that, and this restructuring of Bob's role and the introduction of Chad Norris as the crew chief for the #99 will put us in the best possible position for these final seven races before the 'Chase' begins."
Baby for Newmans
Adding to the growing number of NASCAR team personnel with new additions to their families, Stewart/Haas Racing's Ryan Newman welcomed a second daughter after his wife Krissie gave birth to Ashlyn Olivia on Monday.The couple already have an older child, Brooklyn Sage, born in November 2010.
Kevin Harvick welcomed a son last week, and Denny Hamlin's crew chief Darian Grubb a daughter in what's proving to be a busy time for the NASCAR maternity ward.
Richard Childress Racing stake up for sale
Richard Childress Racing minority owners Chartwell Investments have said that they are looking to sell their stake in the company.
"RCR is one of the elite NASCAR organizations and we are honored to be a part of the RCR family and partners with racing icon Richard Childress for close to 10 years," said Chartwell's managing partner Michael Shein, adding that they were "optimistic about RCR's future performance both on and off the track, remaining confident in NASCAR's long-term potential.
The sale shouldn't affect current team operations of long-term plans, and Richard Childress remains in control as the majority owner.