Carl Edwards has said little about his contract negotiations for next season and beyond – and that didn't change on Friday at Infineon Raceway despite rumors he's been talking to Joe Gibbs Racing.
"As far as my contract status, it is the same as the beginning of the year," said Edwards, who acts as his own agent. "We are working hard on it and we do all that stuff behind closed doors. We are making progress and hopefully we will be able to tell you guys what my plan is soon."
Edwards declined to comment specifically on the Gibbs rumors and said he continues to work on the contract situation "privately."
Though he offered few details on whether he will stay at Roush Fenway Racing or possibly make a move to another team, Edwards acknowledged feeling like "We would like to get this done before we get into the Chase."
That said, he insisted he won't "force anything or rush anything." Edwards did say he's been proud to drive for Jack Roush and promised to tell the media what his plans were when he knew them.
Pressed further, Edwards politely said he would no longer discuss the contract situation.
"I am not going to talk about it anymore," he said. "They are really good questions. I have worked really hard in my career trying to minimize distractions. ... We have to stay focused on our goal – to win the championship – no matter what."