At times, it seems from the outside like Roush Fenway Racing is Carl Edwards' world and everyone else at Roush just lives in it.
It probably feels that way inside the organization sometimes, too. Edwards' three Roush Fenway teammates were all asked about the driver's contract extension on Friday, and offered varying degrees of what appeared to be lukewarm responses.
"I didn't know he had re-signed," Roush teammate Greg Biffle said sarcastically on Friday at Pocono Raceway. "He has? OK. This is the first I've heard of it."
Biffle admitted he was "a little skeptical" about Edwards' return because he figured "this is August already" and if Edwards was going to re-sign with the team – as Biffle did in the spring – it would have been done a long time ago.
But lo and behold, Edwards did come back. And that's not a bad thing for the overall health of the Roush organization – which is about as much as Biffle had to say about the extension.
"He does a good job getting his car set up and helps (with information)," Biffle said. "I think we all help each other."
David Ragan, another Roush driver, said "I'm just glad it's over" and was pleased that the whole situation "can be put to rest."
"I'm happy to see it. I'm glad it happened now," Ragan said. "I wish it would have happened six weeks ago, but that was certainly the top priority of Roush over the last six weeks, in my opinion, and maybe now they can move on."
Edwards' other Roush teammate, Matt Kenseth, said it was good for the team to retain a driver who has been "kind of the face for Roush Fenway the last few years, at least."
"He brings a lot of excitement and energy to the organization and, obviously, he runs really well and has a big fan and sponsor following," Kenseth said. "So I think it's good for the team."
The best part of the announcement, Biffle said, is that the biggest question about Roush Fenway's 2012 lineup has been answered.
"I'm relieved because people won't ask me about it anymore after today," he said.