RICHMOND, Va. - Carl Edwards could be the next NASCAR star to drive "the Big, Brown Truck?"
Edwards, who announced Friday that he had signed a three-year contract extension with Roush Fenway Racing, appears set to join with sponsor UPS beginning next season, the Observer and ThatsRacin.com have learned.
UPS is close to completing a deal to pair with Edwards on Roush's No. 99 Fords, although the company is still talking with other teams, multiple sources confirmed.
UPS has sponsored Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 44 Toyota since last season and been paired with veteran Dale Jarrett since the 2001 season.
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Jarrett retired as a fulltime driver in the Sprint Cup Series following the March 16 race at Bristol, Tenn., but still plans to compete in the May 17 all-star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Asked about sponsor plans on Friday, team owner Jack Roush said Edwardss' car definitely had one or more sponsors for next season, but declined to name them.
The UPS NASCAR-themed commercials over the years have featured Jarrett's desire to race the company's familiar brown delivery trucks. As part of its farewell to Jarrett, UPS featured Jarrett this season getting the opportunity to race the truck with some of his fellow competitors.
A spokesperson for UPS said Saturday the company was still evaluating its options in the sport for next season.