NASCAR & Auto Racing

Bowyer wants to stay at RCR

SONOMA, Calif. —Clint Bowyer said Friday the only thing standing in the way of a three-year extension at Richard Childress Racing is sponsorship money.

"I've said from Day 1 that I want to stay at RCR and we're actively pursuing that," Bowyer said at Infineon Raceway. "As far as I'm concerned, sign us up for three more years."

Bowyer is in the final year of his contract with RCR. His name was recently linked as a replacement for Kasey Kahne at Red Bull, but any potential deal fell apart when Red Bull said this week it will leave NASCAR at the end of the season.

Bowyer acted surprised Friday by all the Red Bull talk, and blamed the media for creating stories. When news of Red Bull's departure broke, Bowyer said he was golfing and his phone blew up with friends asking him what he'll do next.

"You guys are pretty creative, you really are pretty good at creating stories and stuff like that," he told reporters. "You run into people in the garage and it's like 'Hey, what are you going to do next year?' And it's like, 'Well, I don't know.' (They say) 'Well, we might be interested.' Then the next thing you know, you're standing on a golf course and everybody is saying 'Well, now what are you going to do? Your plan just blew up.' It's like, what?"

He blamed all the talk on this crazed time of year, when drivers are jockeying for new jobs. Much of what happens in free agency depends on Carl Edwards, the current Sprint Cup Series leader, and if he decides to stay at Roush Fenway Racing or move elsewhere.

Edwards has refused to discuss contract talks, and said he finds it's best to keep all negotiations private.

Joey Logano wins pole at Sonoma — Joey Logano has won the pole on the road course at Infineon Raceway.

Logano posted a lap of 93.256 mph in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to take the top qualifying spot for Sunday's race. It snapped Kurt Busch's streak of three consecutive poles.

Jamie McMurray qualified second in a Chevrolet with a lap at 93.223 and Paul Menard was third.

Logano teammate Denny Hamlin was fourth, Ryan Newman fifth and Kasey Kahne sixth.

Richard Petty Motorsports teammates AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose qualified seventh and eighth.

Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers filled out the top 10.

Busch wound up 11th and defending race winner Jimmie Johnson was 12th.

Tony Ave was the only driver to fail to qualify for the race.

Edwards to skip Nationwide race at Road America — Carl Edwards will skip the Nationwide Series race at Road America to focus on the Sprint Cup event at Infineon Raceway.

The decision to skip today's race in Wisconsin was announced after Friday's qualifying session. Edwards was scheduled to fly to Road America and miss today's two practice sessions in Sonoma.

He had said before practice that if his car was no good, he would use the same setup as Marcos Ambrose to compensate for missing today's practices.

Roush Fenway Racing was apparently not so keen on that idea after Friday's struggles.

Edwards is the Sprint Cup Series points leader. Billy Johnson was the fastest driver in Friday's Nationwide practice, and will replace Edwards in the race.