Carl Edwards’ move to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015 is continuing to cause ripples and changes throughout the Sprint Cup garage.
Rumors are swirling that Ambrose will be returning to Australia and its super-car series, exiting NASCAR. Regardless of whether that’s true for next year, one of the No. 9 sponsors is moving over, following Edwards to JGR.
Stanley Tools is moving to sponsor the new number 19 JGR team, though for a reduced number of races compared to what Stanley is currently supporting Richard Petty Motorsports with.
Stanley has been a partner with Richard Petty Motorsports for the past 5 years. Prior to that, Stanley’s Dewalt brand sponsored the No 17. of Roush Fenway Racing, piloted at the time by Matt Kenseth, who now is also at JGR as well.
It will be interesting to see if this new primary sponsorship deal ever ends up meaning Kenseth and Dewalt end up with any sponsorship dollars.
This also marks the first time Stanley has sponsored a Toyota team in Sprint Cup. Like losing Edwards to Toyota, the loss of Stanley as a sponsor that has for years been associated with Ford is a relatively big blow — not to say other sponsors won’t jump at the chance to be with RFR, but no team, company ever likes to see the loss of a client/customer/sponsor.
Every year, sponsors and personnel change in NASCAR. 2015 will obviously be no different. But when a driver of Edwards’ talent, personality and skill of promoting sponsors makes a move, it’s likely to cause waves throughout the garage. Expect the spinning up of the fourth JGR team to cause more before the green flag drops in Daytona in February 2015.